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The Road to Virgin Falls - Tofino Ucluelet Hiking July

Small Cabin Near Virgin Falls

The hilariously adorable little cabin near Virgin Falls that can be used by anyone and sits at the end of a short side road definitely requires a good 4x4 to reach.  But as it is only about 400 metres from the Virgin Falls road, you can park and walk to it if needed.  There are two excellent pullout/turn around points on this short road as well in case you chicken out and want to turn around part way in.Inside the Cabin Near Virgin Falls

The little Virgin Falls cabin is quite amazing for such a remote place.  First off, the setting is fantastic.  It is located overlooking the beautiful Tofino Creek, and there is a wonderful campfire spot complete with log seats, just steps from the cabin.  The cabin itself is equipped with a wood stove and bunk beds.  You could easily have 8 people stay and sleep fairly comfortably as there are six bunks and floor room.  There are several empty and partly empty booze bottles lining the shelves as well as quite a few odd curiosities in the little cabin.  If you are brave enough to drive right to the cabin there is room for several vehicles to park and not obstruct anyone's exit.

The Virgin Falls cabin even has pots and pans for use with the stove and working lanterns and some fantastically kind people have generously equipped it with lots of cut firewood.  There is a funny sign on the door declaring that the cabin is for everyone and despite its shabby appearance you get the impression that this cabin on Tofino Creek near Virgin Falls has been well used and well loved for decades.

Fire Pit on the River Next to the Cabin

Though you have to travel a network of logging roads to reach Virgin Falls it is surprisingly easy to find them.  The start of the Virgin Falls Road is immediately after the famous Kennedy River bridge.  The focal point of the hugely publicized logging protests in 1993 where hundreds were arrested for blockading logging vehicles.  The Kennedy River Virgin Falls Roadmap from Kennedy Lake Bridgebridge is worth a look.  It spans the Kennedy River above the original and now crumbling, wooden bridge.  The current one is a massive, solid steel bridge above the old one.  You can still see some where protesters attempted to burn the bridge down.  Several wooden pilings are severely burned under the bridge.

This bridge is also the gateway to Kennedy River Bog Provincial Park.  There are no trails so access is via boat underneath the Kennedy River bridge.  To get to the Kennedy River bridge from the highway is easy.  From the T junction where you either go to Tofino or Ucluelet or Port Albernie, drive for a couple kilometres in the direction of Port Albernie.

Keep your eyes out on your left for the very visible, West Main logging road.  Follow it for about 11k until you cross the large Kennedy River bridge.  About 50 metres past it you will see the road branch off to the left unmarked but called the Deer Bay Rd on Google maps, but locally known as the Virgin Falls road.  (see Google Map below for this turnoff).

Set your odometer to zero and follow this road (bearing left at the Y junction a few minutes in) for 31k.  At 31k you will see Virgin Falls from the road, and about 100 metres after seeing it on your left you will spot the very visible trailhead on your left and a slight widening of the road to possibly accomodate two or three vehicles.  The trail to the falls is less than a minute long.  The very visible but overgrown road you passed at around 28k on your left is the short road to the little cabin on the river.

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Virgin Falls is 31k from this turnoff at the Kennedy River bridge (Kennedy River bridge is 40 minutes from Tofino or Ucluelet)

The West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail - July Trails Guide


The White Sand Beach at the Northern West Coast Trail Trailhead

The West Coast Trail is incredible.  Everything about it is amazing.  From its wildly, incomprehensibly enormous trees to it's endless jaw dropping views.  And it's tough.  Very tough.  It is a trail that shouldn't exist.  Trails always form out of the easiest route worn down over the years.  This trail was formed out of necessity.  West Coast Trail Day 1 ViewsAnd the route is the only route.

Hemmed in by steep cliffs on one side and the ocean on the other, the West Coast Trail route evolved where it shouldn't have.  Always wet, always up and down, thousands of creeks and canyons.  Even with all the construction of suspension bridges and ladders to make the hike easier it's brutal.  And yearly, winter storms blast down impossibly enormous trees making the whole endeavor more challenging.

The West Coast Trails difficulty can be measured by its relatively short distance of 75km yet it takes 4-7 days to complete.  This is for two wonderful, spectacular and telling reasons.  First it is a jigsaw of a trail, up and down over endless chasms tangled with rainforest.  It just takes a long time to snake through.  The second reason is just too good to be true.  It's so beautiful.  Wildly beautiful.  This is a phenomenon that the West Coast Trail is alive with.  It's unbelievably beautiful at every glance.  Everywhere you look.

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