Take a walk on the “Wild Side”…
Wild Pacific Trail that is!
Wild Pacific Trail
Wild Pacific Trail – 10 kilometres of hiking on moderate trails that overlook the rugged and spectacular coastline of Ucluelet. Amphitrite Lighthouse is located along the hike. This trail has been built over the years by local volunteers. The plan is to eventually link the trail to the Pacific Rim National Park. Wild Pacific Trail. We are within a 10 minute walk.
Wild Pacific Trail has become the spotlight of many Ucluelet vacations. The trail curves around the rugged rocky shoreline of the Ucluelet peninsula, with breath taking views of the local lighthouse, Broken Group Islands and the open Pacific Ocean. It’s a must when visiting our area!
Carefully hewn by hand through old-growth thickets of twisted trunks, limbs and roots, the trail is a natural treasure-house of forest treats, including untouched examples of gigantic nurse-logs, raised root systems, mosses, fungi, lichens and ferns – offering the photographer unique opportunities to capture close-up images of nature imitating art.
At all times the views along the ever-changing outer coast afforded by this route are breathtaking – sunset and sunrise are a must see. Storm-watching is a natural on this trail with many breath-taking views 20-30m above surge channels and outer reefs constantly pounded by ocean swells. During the annual gray whale migration (late February to late May), whales can be spotted not more than 5 km offshore of this location as well as sea lions, seals, mink and otter playing in the nearby surf. Click video below to view a one minute peak at the trail.
The Artist Loop is the newest jewel in the crown for the Wild Pacific Trail, just opened on February 5, 2011. On the northern end of the existing trail be sure to walk into new scenic sections about 1.5 km. north of Brown’s Beach parking lot for great vistas and two storm-watching decks hand carved into the storm twisted coastline. This section also features five tree canopy platforms called Painter’s Perches — step up to see the wind-swept coastline from a bird’s eye view! Great care has been taken to preserve the unique vegetation known as the krumholtz wall; thus the trail feels like a hobbit tunnel burrowing between viewpoints, benches and decks popping up through the twisted branches. If you have been here before it is worth a return visit to see this new section.