Clayoquot Hiking Trail RatingLone Cone is the wonderful cone shaped mountain that dominates the skyline in Tofino.  It is just 6k from Tofino on the north-western end of Meares Island.  Lone Cone is an incredible hike to do while in Tofino.  There are several attributes that make it fantastic.  First, its location.  Very close to Tofino.  Just a short and very scenic boat taxi takes you to the trailhead. 

  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProIncredible summit views
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProMostly untouched wilderness
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProSteep, but short trail to summit
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProQuiet compared to other hikes
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProUnique vantage point over Tofino
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProIconic mountain to climb
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProChallenging trail never gets boring
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProOvernighting is easy to get away with
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConAccess fees introduced recently
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConNo fires & no camping allowed

Second, is it is such an abruptly steep hike that you go from the ocean to absurdly sweeping views in just over an hour.  Due to the location of Lone Cone requiring a water taxi to access, ensures that it remains serene and quiet most days.  In the 15 minute, fast taxi, you will see a quick look at the spectacular scenery that has made Tofino famous.  Small and large islands crammed almost solid with beautifully huge trees.

Sandy beaches that make you think more that you are in Hawaii than in Canada.  Abrupt, rocky outcrops with chaotic, swirling, clear and green water that the boat taxi/tour guide continuously points to unexpectedly beautiful creatures lurking in.  Then you look up in the trees and spot a resident eagle staring menacingly down from a tree branch next to its nest full of offspring.  And that's just the first five minutes from the pier.

15 minutes from the pier you arrive at the grungy, though at the same time, strangely beautiful pier at the now abandoned town, Kakawis.  There are still a few dozen houses that line the gravel road you will see as you make your way to the trailhead.  In 2013 another trailhead was opened closer to Tofino but much further from Lone Cone.  This trailhead also has a $5 fee to access.

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Lone Cone Hike in Clayoquot

 

Clayoquot Hiking Trails

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