Clayoquot Hiking Trail RatingMeares Island was the centre of dispute in the 80's when the Nuu-chah-nulth protested Macmillan Bloedel's intent to log the island.  The Nuu-chah-nulth together with environmental groups blockaded the island and fought in the courts.  The court ruled that until the Nuu-chah-nulth's land claim to the island was settled, no development can occur on the whole of Meares Island.

  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProExtremely wild, remote feeling rainforest
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProImpressively enormous ancient trees
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProThe Hanging Garden Tree is 1500yrs old!
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProThe trail is fun to hike & always changing
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProRescued from clearcutting in the 80's
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProBoat taxi ride is always fun
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProOften have the whole trail to yourself
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConThe trailhead beach is ugly & dirty
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConWaiting for taxi pickup can be long
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConTaxi ride makes the trail a bit expensive

This tremendous victory enabled the creation of the Big Tree Trail and its breathtaking star feature, the Hanging Garden Tree.  This monster of a tree.  A Western Red Cedar, estimated to be older than 1500 years, is enormous.  18 metres around and magnificently tall, it easily is included among Canada's greatest trees.

A nice boardwalk takes you from the trailhead to the Hanging Garden Tree.  Most people return from there the same way.  You can however, continue on and do a circle route taking in some more of the amazing, and unexpectedly pristine forest, that was the centre of such a chaotic battle not so long ago.

If you walk the circle route, expect to take over an hour though, as the huge trees take a while to look at.  The Hanging Garden Tree is particularly interesting as, like many other ancient cedars, is hollow on the inside.  In fact you could fit five people inside quite easily!

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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

  The Big Tree Trail Hot Springs Cove Lone Cone Nuu Chah Nulth Radar Beach

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