Spruce Fringe Trail Pacific Rim Hiking Trails
The Spruce Fringe Trail in Pacific Rim National Park is located at the edge of Long Beach, 22 kilometres from or 19 kilometres from Ucluelet. The trail begins as gravel then a wonderful boardwalk and then leads to a stunning force of nature. The Krummholz Tunnel is a weather blasted tunnel of trees. Thick and surprisingly dense, this bizarre feature of the Spruce Fringe Trail has a nice information board explaining it and it's wondrous formation..
"Closer to the sea, the trees contort and huddle together against the weather. The ocean's influence has created the spruce fringe but also limits plant growth and form. Strong winds, laden with salt spray and abrasive sand have shorn off the seaward tips of the trees, pruning them into a tight wedge. Behind this living windbreak, other spruce are able to grow tall and straight. Inside the krummholz tunnel the dense tree canopy blocks the light so few plants can grow on the forest floor. Instead, some shrubs have grown as tall as the trees!"
A short side trail leads to Combers Beach. Combers Beach is yet another beautiful and huge beach. Similar to the neighbouring Long Beach it is fun for everyone with lots of room to play and stunning sunsets.
Trailhead Directions Spruce Fringe Trail in Pacific Rim National Park
To find the trailhead to the Spruce Fringe Trail and Combers Beach drive 22 kilometres from Tofino or 19 kilometres from Ucluelet on the Pacific Rim Highway and look for the sign for Combers Beach leading to the Combers Beach parking lot.
Other Hikes Near the Spruce Fringe Trail:
Long Beach - spectacular beach, quick access from parking
Rainforest Trails 1 & 2 - unbelievable old growth rainforest viewed from elaborate wooden walkway. Two 1km circle loops