WCT Day 1: “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed and she’s still there!”

North section kick off
Start of trail at the northern section
First ladder
First ladder system

Suzuki motorcycle on trail
It’s a Suzuki
Pachena Lighhouse    Signpost at Pachena Lighthouse
At the Pachena Lighthouse
First view of beach at 12 KM
First view of the beach at 12 KM. This is Michigan Creek CG.
Shadow selfie
Shadow selfie
Bears on the trail
Bear encounter – mama bear and cub on the beach. Just foraging for food, non-aggressive. Darling River CG is just beyond them

Quick 10 second view from a GoPro at wide angle…just look for the dark shape movement.
Entrance to Darling River CG
Entrance to Darling River CG
Tent side at Orange Juice Creek
Tent side at Orange Juice Creek CG

West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail (WCT) sits on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island…

WCT area map

  • Covers 55 miles / 74 KM of trail across forest, beach, rocks, mud, tree roots, boardwalks, river crossings, cable cars, and two ferries.
  • Includes over 100 bridges and 40 ladder “systems” ranging from 1 to 4 stories high
  • Rated as “difficult” by Parks Canada. Over 90 evacuations in 2015, 43 evacs in 2016 by the time I did the hike.
  • WCT is accessible by permit only from May 1 to September 30, closed rest of the year.
  • I went north to south, from Pachena Bay to Gordon River
  • Want to book your own trip? Start here on the CA Parks site.

Here’s the gear setup for 5 days…
WCT hiking gear     Backpack and boots
In order to start the hike, I first needed to get to Pachena Bay…
motorcycle with gear on the ferry
Traveled to Gordon River by motorcycle
Cargo ship at Port of Seattle
Passed by this cargo ship at Port of Seattle
acrobats on the ferry to Victoria
Acrobats on the ferry to Victoria
Park the bike at Evan's in Gordon River
Scooted to Gordon River/Port Renfrew, where I parked the bike at Evan’s
Pack weigh in at 42 pounds
Backpack weigh-in: 42 pounds minus a full water bladder. Not bad for 5 days.
Pachena Bay
Here’s the Pachena Bay hut, where you get an orientation lecture, trail map, and updated tide chart.
Pachena Bay pano
Quick panorama in front of the hut
Close up view of map and tide chart
Close up view of map and tide chart

Emerald City Bike Ride

Highlights from the Emerald City Bike Ride…out and back across the new 520 bridge in Seattle, and down the I5 express lanes. April 3 2016. Hyperlapse to 8X speed/advanced smoothing. GoPro 3+ Hero capture in SuperView.