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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-28-2012, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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West Coast Trail Info

Looking for info regarding the WCT at the bamfield end. have 3 days to do a in and out trip to the first camp which is michigan creek if I am correct, If caught hiking the wct in april, is there fines, do you get booted out, what happens? is there any camp spots say half way to michigan camp from Trailhead, any additional info on this topic would be appreciated. cheers

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-28-2012, 11:10 PM
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The official answers to your questions are fairly easy to find. I don't know about the unofficial answers.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/pacific...activ6a/v.aspx
http://orc.ncf.ca/diary/2007/WCT_MAP_DETAIL.pdf
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I much preferred Darling River to Michigan when I did the trail last year. But that was partly due the amount of people camping at Michigan which is not a problem I'd imagine you will encounter.

There is no campsite before Michigan if I recall correctly.

Here's a possibly useful thread for you:
http://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topi...TOPIC_ID=42721

I don't think there'd be many people around to stop you or fine you or send you back or whatever.

However, I may be wrong but I'm fairly sure I remember reading somewhere about the cost of evacuation should you have a problem on the trial outside of the official hiking season (because you won't have paid the fees?) I don't know if that's correct but I would say it's worth looking it up if you can.
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You say you have 3 days? I would head to Tsusiat Falls if you can.
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Tsusiat falls would be ideal, from what I remember the trail is fairly flat from the Pachena trailhead towards the falls is it not? its been a while since I hiked the WCT, how long to tsusiat falls time wise? and trail difficulty? thanks for the info treaders.
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You are about 25K to Tsusiat but the distance once past Michigan can be (at least a lot of it can be) done on the tidal shelf if the tides cooperate. You could probably get a 4km an hour average without much issue but still moving at a decent pace.
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Maybe a camp into one of those 1st campsites then a day trip to the falls and back to camp would be a good option... sounds like a fun two nighter too me... now I want to do it. so many trips, so little time.
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I've never done that trail for a few reasons: Long reservation times, $185/person, no dogs allowed, the Juan De Fuca Trail is just south and has none of these limitations.
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I've never done that trail for a few reasons: Long reservation times, $185/person, no dogs allowed, the Juan De Fuca Trail is just south and has none of these limitations.
Reservations only needed during parts of the season. Thank God there are no dogs allowed (how would you expect them to get over the ladder systems?). The limitations means that there are people dedicated to the experience - it can be far less crowded. The WCT is also much more of a physical challenge which some need.
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I agree with the view that it's too costly to hike the WCT. But you probably only need reservations if you have a large group starting on a weekend in August. I doubt a party of 1 or 2 would need a reservation anytime.
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