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post #12 of (permalink) Old 02-24-2020, 09:01 PM
Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: West Vancouver, BC
Posts: 6

The Nootka Island coastal hike is the easiest I've done. Whoever said that this is much harder than the NCT is quite misinformed. From lagoon to Yuquot is a comfortable three days. Maquinna Pt is really nice but you need to be a bit adventurous as there and handlines to go down and explore and is recommended. Maquinna Pt more reminiscent of the WCT. The hike is mostly a trudge and we got a little bored and kinda missed those sections of hard/technical inland hiking to break things up. First beach has some great marine life to investigate, Calvin Falls is nice, Maquinna Pt is great, and the tidal lagoon has some great marine life. Surfer shack a little too grimy for us. History of Yuquot Pt/Friendly Cove is worth the time and you can camp there. Honestly, my two daughters said the float plane ride and starfish in Louie Bay Lagoon were the best and they preferred the NCT/WCT. Note that a leisurely day to us is 6-8hrs. Lythe's posts are accurate. That first 45min is your typical rugged coastal bushwack. Did have a bear stroll by and a wolf follow so that was cool. Also note that going to the radar station requires an extra day for sure. So 4 days including the radar station area would be comfortable for us.
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