Day 2 Darling to Tsusiat on the West Coast TrailThe route from Darling River to Tsusiat Falls is just under 12 kilometres and quite a lot of that distance can be hiked on the beach. From Darling River you can take an inland route or walk along the beach. The beach route is very nice and few people hike the challenging inland route. Don't forget to jump in the pool at Darling Falls before you start hiking, you'll feel amazingly energized for the start of the trail!

  • You can swim under two waterfalls on day 2
  • Fairly relaxing hiking, much of it along the beach
  • Interesting little sea cave at Orange Juice Creek
  • Tsocowis Creek crossing has amazing views
  • Lots of good water sources along the route
  • The infamous Valencia Bluffs at 18k
  • The Woodside's anchor on the rocks near 20k
  • First cable car river crossing over Klanawa River
  • Tsusiat Falls campsite is great for whale watching
  • The beaches aren't the best looking on the WCT

The West Coast Trail

  Shipwreck on the West Coast TrailPrologue Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail1: The West Coast Trail Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail2: When to Hike & Fees Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail3: Trailheads Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail4: Getting There Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail5: Considerations Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail6: Campsites Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail7: Shipwrecks Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail8: Routes Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 1 Pachena to Darling Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 2 Darling to Tsusiat Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 4 Carmanah to Walbran Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 5 Walbran to Cullite Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 6 Cullite to Camper Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 7 Camper to Thrasher Michigan Creek at 12k Darling River at 14k Orange Juice Creek at 15k Tsocowis Creek at 16.5k Klanawa River at 23k Tsusiat Falls at 25k Cribs Creek at 42k Carmanah Creek at 46k Bonilla Creek at 48k Walbran Creek at 53k Cullite Cove at 58k Camper Bay at 62k Thrasher Cove at 70k

When you get to Tsusiat Falls you can jump in there too. To start and end your hike by swimming under waterfalls on the West Coast Trail makes for a pretty memorable day! There is quite a lot of interesting sights on this section. You can touch a big wall of rusting metal from an unidentified shipwreck near Tsocowis Creek at 16k. At 18k you will have a magnificent view from the top of Valencia Bluffs. This is of course where the famous Valencia disaster occurred and was the final impetus to create a the West Coast Trail. You can look down on the swirling torrents of white water crashing onto the unforgiving, rocky shore below. Further along the trail, just past the 20 kilometre mark you will nearly trip over the huge anchor on the rocks. This, we can be fairly sure came from the Woodside, a ship that provided a regular ferry service up and down the coast of Vancouver Island. At 23k you come to the mighty Klanawa River and your first cable car crossing on the West Coast Trail. After Klanawa River you just have a couple kilometres of hiking through the forest before descending the astonishingly tall network of ladders down to Tsusiat Falls.

Day 2 Darling to Tsusiat

Day 2: Darling River to Tsusiat Falls on the West Coast Trail

The Darling River campsite is nice, despite the beach being not terribly pretty, at least compared to the strikingly varied beach campsites to come further along the trail. Beautiful Darling Falls more than makes up for the mediocre beach.

Beautiful Darling Falls

Perfect Darling Falls

The perfect little waterfall pouring into the green pool of water contrasts nicely with the meandering river that is strewn with a surreal collection of huge driftwood deadfall thrown in by winter storms. With the river at just half a metre deep, the clear green water pours around a tangle of ocean polished giants with bark long gone leaving smooth, angular surfaces polished dinosaur bone smooth.

Beautiful Darling Falls

Darling River Storms

You wonder what kind of crazy storm could launch a huge centuries old cedar so far up the river and leave it lodged in the middle of the river with its worn away, but still huge roots sunk a metre into the river bed. You can assume that by the rest of its trunk jutting a metre out of the water. Does next year’s storms rip this giant out and carry it back out to sea and replace it with new giants? That seems to be the case as every year the brontosaurus sized collection of deadfall is exchanged with another.  West Coast Trail day 2 continued here..