Restore Your Nature Deficit


Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers a wide variety of trails for hiking, nature walking and trail running, ranging from one hour to full-day excursions complete with a gourmet packed lunch. Paths of cedar boardwalk trails through ancient forest cathedrals and lush fern gardens, as well as abandoned roads deep in the rainforest showcase old-growth, new growth, and re-forested landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Listed below is an overview of the resort’s most popular hikes, all of which can be personally customized to suitability level and preference. For hikers looking for an “out of this world” adventure, the resort’s on-site helicopter provides access to remote treks in the alpine. (Note: heliadventures require additional fees).

River Trail Hike

Level: Beginner

Duration:1 - 2 Hours

Distance: 2.5km

Elevation Gain: 0

A great hike for beginners or families with young children, the river trail hike is an easy, flat hike that leaves directly from the Outpost. The trail winds along the Bedwell River though lush, mossy rainforest and over cedar boardwalks; the same path that early explorers took en-route to discovering gold in the river’s sandy shallows. Option to be combined with other hikes.

Tent in the Tree/Guppy’s Hike

Level: Beginner

Duration:1 - 2 Hours

Distance: 2.5km

Elevation Gain: 0

An easy loop hike, the Tent in the Tree/Guppy’s route is a great addition to the River Trail for those looking to trek and explore a little longer and hear about more of the history of the Bedwell Valley. Discover the famous Tent in a Tree and prospector Walter Guppy’s abandoned cabin as you traverse through the rainforest.

Chum Trail Hike

Level: Beginner

Duration:1 - 2 Hours

Distance: 1km

Elevation Gain: 0

Newly designed and added to the trail roster in 2017, the Chum trail combines a beautiful boardwalk hike through the rainforest with a mellow trek on a well-maintained gravel trail up the Bedwell Valley. The route follows the resort’s salmon spawning channel, offering a great opportunity to learn more about the resort’s ongoing salmon habitat restoration projects.

Bedwell Falls Hike

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Duration:1 - 2 Hours

Distance: 0.8km

Elevation Gain: 24-30 meters

The Bedwell Falls hike begins with a easy drive or bike ride to the suspension bridge, followed by a 1-2 hour roundtrip hike to the falls. The hike has minimal elevation gain, but it does offer some rocky sections and challenging descents that might not be suitable for inexperienced hikers.

Penny Falls Hike

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Duration: 2 - 3 Hours

Distance: 2km

Elevation Gain: 167 meters

The trek to Penny Falls is one of the most popular and challenging hikes offered on property. Located a short drive or bike ride up the valley, the trail follows Penny Creek past a variety of incredible viewpoints, a historic gold mine (recently discovered in 2018), swimming holes and waterfalls. The trail features steep and rocky sections that require scrambling and the assistance of ropes. 

Ursus Valley Hike

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 4 - 6 Hours

Distance: 3km

Elevation Gain: 30 meters

Located in the geographic heart of Clayoquot Sound, the Ursus Valley is home to stunning old growth forest and beautiful cascades, offering endless pristine wilderness to be explored. The Ursus hike is a full day adventure that begins with a river crossing, via raft or wading, to reach the trailhead on the other side of the Bedwell River. The hike has minimal elevation gain but covers substantial distance, with plenty of opportunities to capture unique photos. 

Big Tree Trail Hike

Level: Beginner

Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours

Distance: 2.4km to 4.2km

Elevation Gain: 0 

Located on neighbouring Meares Island, the Big Tree Trail offers an opportunity to see some of the largest old growth spruce, hemlock, and western cedar trees trees in British Columbia; some of which are more than 1,000 years old. The trail is accessed via a 40-minute boat ride from the resort. This hike is a great activity to combine with a marine wildlife-viewing excursion and/or a trip to Tofino Village.

Lone Cone Trail Hike

Level: Advanced

Duration: 5 -7 hours

Distance: 7km 

Elevation Gain: 730 

Lone Cone trail, also located on Meares Island, is the most challenging hike offered, as the trail climbs more than 700 meters in 3.3km. After a 35-minute boat ride from the resort, guests and guide are dropped off at the Lone Cone dock and begin making their way to the trailhead.