We’re off today for what will probably be the only >4 day hiking trip of the summer: Cape Scott. This will be the “second half” of the trail that we did last year, aka. the North Coast Trail. This half is expected to be quite a bit more pleasant and definitely more scenic. Here’s where it is:
The plan is the camp in Port McNeill tonight, then drive to ‘San Josef’ tomorrow, and basically hike to ‘the lighthouse’ on the tip of Cape Scott, as visible here.
Last year’s mega-hike was from Shushartie Bay, upper right corner of the above map, to San Josef. We had hoped to get to the Cape itself but didn’t make it that far, in part due to ultra-unpleasant trail conditions between Shushartie and Cape Sutil.
This year it will be the same four amigos – myself, Derek, Dave, and mini-Dave, who I guess is 12 or so this year. Derek is the hero of the trip for driving us all the way to Port Hardy, which is at least five hours north of Nanaimo.
I’m super-stoked for this trip; I was originally hoping to do the WCT, but (a) that’s not likely going to be schedulable and (b) Cape Scott will be new territory for me, so it’s better anyway. The only cloud on the horizon is literally a cloud on the horizon – the forecast for the weekend is not great. However, that was true last time, and the worst we got was drizzle. Plus, the forecast for Monday was good, last I checked.
By the way, ‘San Josef’ isn’t a town. It’s a park/beach, and my friend Chris, who knows a thing or two about hiking, told me it’s in his opinion the most beautiful place in BC. Here’s someone else’s picture that I found on Google:
I imagine we will spend our last night (Monday) here, as we did last time, though that remains to be worked out. ¡Hasta pronto!