Port Alberni Log Train Trail (22km)

Old rail grade with tracks and ties removed, with an historic trestle crossing, following gravel path and service roads through second growth forest and small farms.

Footpath, cycle, equestrian

The Trail

The trail is wide, clear, and well graded.  It follows an old rail grade, gravel pathways, and service roads.

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One of the numerous water crossings with a bridge in place.

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Much of the trail has great footing for horses and bikes.

The tracks and ties have been removed from the old rail grade. Generally speaking the trail is a very gradually sloping single track to double track trail. The first water crossing is at the at 1km mark, Cold Creek Water Falls. At the  3.7km mark the trail crosses private property and it is not apparent that it continues. This is at the intersection with Tahlen Rd. You can follow Tahlen Rd and take Desmond Rd (signage along the road side for log train trail) to get back onto the trail.

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Gravel Roads along the route.

 

There are multiple stream crossing and culvert crossings on the trail and all are well maintained. Port Alberni is the only supply point that is accessible from the trail. This section of the trail is not suited to camping, as it passes through private forest lands and small farms. There are no dedicated picnic spots along the trail.There is good cell phone coverage the entire length of this trail.

Several small seasonal creeks are found between Maebelle Rd and Woolesey Rd.  These are not recommended for drinking without treatment.

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Trail is wide and suitable for hikers, equestrians, and bike traffic.

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First water crossing at 1km.

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Signage is adequate.

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At km 2.4 the trail crosses under a gravel road and powerlines.

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Trail and power lines crossing at 2.4km

At km 3.7 the trail intersects with Horne Lake Rd. There you have to follow Tahlen Rd and Desmond Rd to get back onto the trail. Signage on the roadside guides you back onto the trail.

At 10km  the trail crosses a railway line.(49.328N, 124.85W) You have to go up and over the rail embankment.Cross over at this location. (Note railway ties on top of track).

At 15km  the trail is washed out by a stream (49.348N, 124.889W) At this point you have to find your way across the stream.

 

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Rail Lines at 10km. Cross over these.

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Wash out at km 15km may require you get your feet wet.

 

 

 

 

 

Driving Directions to and GPS Coordinates of the Trail Head

From Victoria take the Malahat Highway (Route 1) north towards Qualicum Beach. At Qualicum Beach take  Highway  4 to Port Alberni. Shortly before the city limits of Port Alberni is a tourist Info centre. Stay on Highway 4 and take the first right after the Info centre onto Maebelle Road. Head north on Maebelle until it ends at the turn where Mozart Rd. begins. The intersection of Maebelle and Mozart is the parking lot for the Trail Head.

49.27.2575N 124.76.546 W

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Intersection of Maebelle and Mozart Rds at Trailhead

 

Parking

The parking area is a widening of the road shoulder near the trail head. Approx 10-15 cars can park along this area. The Log Train Trail entrance itself has no visible marking. The entrance is either the yellow gate or the trail at the street sign (Mozart x Maebelle) that Is marked with a sign that reads: Alberni Valley Demonstration forest. There is no potable water or washroom facilities available at the parking lot.

 

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Parking area

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The McLean Mill National Historic Mill Site is another good access point to the trail and offers a large parking lot, suitable for horse trailers and bigger rigs.  Be aware that these gates are locked in the evening and make sure your car is not behind a locked gate when you return.

GPS Coordinates and Photo of Endpoint of Trail 

49 39.1018N 124 947.601W

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Endpoint of Trail at Woolsley Road. Trail Access at yellow gate.

Other links on the web on features along the trail

http://www.acrd.bc.ca/log-train-trail

http://mcleanmill.ca/

 

As Recorded By: Markus Pirker

October 2017

 

 

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