The best water is at the lighthouse and the two keepers are super friendly. Finally went to Cape Scott! We drove from Port Hardy to the trail head in about 1 hour, 30 minutes with a rental that you must be careful. We did a day trip out to Cape Scott and San Josef Bay. Stretch your legs before this one. incredible history and neat landscapes. Vegetation: Almost all of the property is covered in old growth timber which consists … Coming back it had rained for two days and lots of mud, rock and exposed tree roots that somehow we did not remember on the hike in. DIFFICULT 10.6 mi. If not, the stunning beaches DO make up for the slog. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in Canada. Previous campers leave tarps, hammocks and fire set-ups intact, except the rangers will take them down if no one uses them. Keep an eye on the tide - it comes in a lot faster than you might imagine. Irony Creek Campsite via North Coast Trail and Cape Scott Trail. There are many smaller coves and the walk takes you in and out of woods and beaches - very scenic.Day 4 We hiked back out to the parking lot and drove home. A day hike or overnight camping at San Josef Bay (3-4km from the parking lot) is an easy hike and over a well-groomed gravel trail. Dogs are prohibited in all other areas of the park, including the North Coast Trail. Be sure to wear good hiking footwear and take care of the blisters at the first sign of them. Nels Bight, about midway between the eastern boundary of the park near Nissen Bight and the Cape Scott Lighthouse, is a fine-textured white sand beach that is 2.4 km long and 200 metres wide; this is considered the most impressive of the … Oct 7, 2012 - Nels Bight just before sunset over Cape Scott. The trails are narrow and rutted, muddy and treacherous, rocks and roots, slippery muddy hills up and down, fallen trees to climb over or crawl under, corduroy roads - the whole nine yards. Food cache and outhouses(with toilet paper) are available at most campsites. Geographic Location: Cape Scott 3. We brought a water filter and aqua tabs which seemed to do the trick, colour always looks a bit dark. Dogs are permitted in San Josef Bay area only and must be leashed at all times. I did the north coast trail including cape Scott in the summer, I really enjoyed it. Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from... Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria. Laura Creek to Nels Bight Though we wouldn’t be ‘out of the woods’ after reaching Nels Bight, our fourth hiking day was our last day officially on the North Coast Trail – the North Coast Trail connects to the Cape Scott Trail, which is a much more developed and travelled route. We encountered graders working on the road and had to pull over to allow them to pass, several pick-ups traveling at high rates of speed and one logging truck. It starts out as two lanes but gets narrower and narrower until finally it is down to one lane of winding, bumpy gravel roads where you will have to dodge potholes and working vehicles. Nels Bight. Doing Cape Scott. Pay attention to this if you plan to travel to the second beach.If the tide is coming in BEWARE: if you get to the second beach and linger there you could find that the way back is under water forcing you to wade through the surf or taking an alternative overland route. then 18km hike back day three to the parking lot. Cape Scott Provincial Park is in the North Vancouver Island region of British Columbia.. Poles also recommended. Back to these later.Left takes you to San Josef Bay 1.7km, which was where we were headed on this day. Average one-way hiking time: 4.5 hours. Great Hike went with Wife and 11 year old son and 8 year old daughter. DIFFICULT 51.7 mi. Recreation District: Cape Scott Provincial Park 2. What gets most hikers are the sore and blistered feet from the pack weight and uneven ground. Site Name: Nels Bight 4. Nels Bight, Cape Scott Provincial Park. This trail goes by Eric Lake, Hansen Lagoon, and Nels Bight. This is a popular camping destination with a beautiful sandy shoreline. Very tired, but what a memorable trip and one that not very many people can claim to make. North Vancouver Island is worth the trip. The Cape Scott Trail. We were fortunate to see a pod of grey whales at Nels Bight but I wouldn’t travel the distance hoping for that! It's a two-person wide, flat gravel path which winds back and forth and up and down small hills through the old growth forest. Expect mud the entire length of the trail except the hill up to the lighthouse. It's Dark Rough GPS position Latitude. Nels Bight via Cape Scott Trail. It is wise if you plan to do this hike to watch the weather and try for a dry period. A must for us south island people. Saw a HUGE bear at Guise and another group saw a pack of wolves near Fisherman's River - a big thank you to the kind hikers who stuck with me for safety. Lots of gnarly trees, some quite spectacular. Not a lot of rain hiking in so the trail was decent with lots of boardwalk. Also, watch for the "Shoe Tree Memorial". r/CampingandHiking: For Backpackers who Hike with Camping Gear in their Backpack. No I didn’t have gaters or poles or big clunky boots! No problem finding firewood. Did the 16k hike to Nels Bight and camped for 3 nights and did day hikes to Cape Scott and area. Explore Recent Photos; Trending; Events; The Commons; Flickr Galleries; World Map Most folks spend 3 days here: Day 1 hike to Nels Bight and camp there (18km), Day 2 a day hike to the Cape and return (14km), and Day 3 back out to the parking lot (18km). In... Feb 27, 2015 - Tamlin was awarded the ranger cabin project on Vancouver Island close to Port McNeill in the Cape Scott Provincial Park. The lot is about 64 kilometres west of Port Hardy, and can be reached by car through a combination of public highways and private, active logging roads. 50.7829°, Longitude. Nels Bight is accessed via a 16.8km hike and is our favourite place to camp in the park (and fun fact, we once experienced a 6.6 magnitude earthquake here!) All of that aside, enjoy the beach. 2. Wow! Tent pads available at Eric Lake and Fisherman's river sites. Nels Bight. 3. I agree with others. I realize day hikes to the lighthouse is longer from Nissen but I am … Mapsheet: 9. Nissen is lovely and chill if you don't mind an extra-long day trip to the lighthouse (23+ km compared to 15ish from Nels), but be warned the water source is almost 1 km down the beach. Will live an amazing place. Date: 1 July 2008 6. The road is a bit bumpy with rocks and pot holes but doable with a car, no 4x4 is necessary. Tips, trip reports, back-country gear reviews, safety and news. We watched wales for hours that afternoon, explored the beach and played in the surf. What a journey to get there. If you are just in for the day there is no charge but if you plan to camp overnight be sure to pay attention to the fees listed and make the proper payment.Take note of the signs about bears, cougars and wolves and what to do if you should encounter them. Fresh filtered water at the light house. Cape Scott Provincial Park, Vancouver Island Picture: Nels Bight North End - Check out Tripadvisor members' 1,366 candid photos and videos. Jul 1, 2015 - Nels Bight in Cape Scott Park by Joli from the North I loved it here! Location: North Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Park: Cape Scott Provincial Park First Nations: Tlatlasikwala, Nakumgilisala, Yutlinuk Distance: Then official North Coast Trail is 43 km (Shushartie Bay to Nissen Bight) plus a mandatory 15 km exit on the Cape Scott Trail (Nissen Bight to Cape Scott Trailhead). It’s approximately 18 kilometers, or 5 to 6 hours, from the trailhead to Nels Bight. Rated By: Ken 5. The trail forks here—go straight ahead to Nissen Bight, or left to Nels Bight and Cape Scott. Well worth the time and effort! Well worth the drive on the gravel road from Port Hardy!! Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. What a journey to get there. DIFFICULT 35.9 mi. -128.3533° read more. So much to see and do. Leave the beach as natural as you found it.Back to Cape Scott, we did this hike over four days some years back, packing in all of our food and camping gear.Day1 - our group of 6 met early, organized our stuff and drove up to the park from mid island. 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