Clayoquot Hiking Trail RatingRadar Beach is one of the countless places that makes this part of the world so amazing.  It is difficult to get to due to it having an unmarked trailhead, steep and muddy trail, and considerable climbing and crawling above and below fallen trees. Where the other popular beach trails in the area have elaborate and expensive boardwalks and stairs, Radar Beach does not. 

  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProStunning & tranquil main beach
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProEven more remote beaches beyond
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProFeels far from civilisation
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProDifficult trail keeps people away
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProVery local feel to the beach
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProLots of beaches to explore
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProVery convenient from Tofino
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProDifficult trail is exciting & fun
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProIdyllic west coast beach
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConDifficult & hard unmaintained trail

The trail begins at the end of the Radar Hill parking lot.  Indiscreetly, a well used trail disappears steeply down towards the ocean, and within minutes you find yourself clinging to a rope as you ascend steeply. The trail is easy to follow in the daytime, however, you would have great difficulty keeping to the trail after dark.  You would be smart to have a light with you in case you linger at the beach longer than planned.

Though it's only just over one kilometre to the beach, it may take you over 40 minutes to get there.  There is, along with some rope assisted sections, plenty of mud avoiding, root jumping, log crossing sections that slow you down.  The mud can generally be avoided, but if you're worried, don't wear shoes you don't want dirtied.  Once at the beach you will quickly realize that there are multiple beaches.  One massively beautiful beach with rocky points on either side.  To the right the beach has an interesting rock outcrop, great for climbing over and an amazing place to sit and watch the sunset.  To the left the beach extends into the trees with a small channel of water.  Crossing the water is easy, then getting to the further beaches requires a bit of climbing, depending on the tides.

The further you walk, the more beaches you discover.  But also, the more difficult they become to get to.  The steep points of land jutting into the ocean rise steeply and are thick with sharp foliage and keep out the less determined wanderers.  A sign just inside the trailhead indicates no camping at Radar Beach, but if you were to, one of these further beaches would be ideal.  Even more remote than this already remote place and spectacularly beautiful.

Make sure to take a look at Radar Hill as well as the Radar Beaches.  It's a quick and easy walk from your car to the top of Radar Hill and the views are great.   Definitely one of the few places in Tofino where you can see above the forest see where you are.  Click the image below to see and aerial view from Radar Hill.

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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

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