Stage 3 of the Alberni Inlet Trail – Status as of mid-November 2018

The Alberni Trail Crew has put in 160 hours of volunteer time grooming stage 3 of the Alberni Inlet Trail in recent weeks. The trail is now in the best shape that it has ever been in, groomed from end to end.

However, it is not recommended to access the north end of stage 3 trail by way of the Franklin River Bridge – its safety is questionable as bits of rotten wood continue to fall off what little remains of the bridge.   Alternative access to the north end of stage 3 can be obtained by turning off the Alberni-Bamfield road at the Hawthorn Main sign and following it past Hawthorn Lake on the right and Lizard Pond on the left. Stick to the most-traveled branch of the road and keep right at a crude sign pointing to Jack’s.  Park when you reach a yellow gate and walk downhill for about 10 minutes to the trail head. The road is suitable for two wheeled drive vehicles.

Access to the south end of stage 3 is obtained by turning off the Alberni-Bamfield road at the Headquarters Bay Road sign and following it until it comes to an end where a branch road heads downhill to a residential resort area. This road is also suitable for two wheeled drive vehicles.

Because the Alberni Inlet Trail (stages 1, 2 and 3) is at a low elevation and largely right along the coast, the trail is suitable for year-round use but it is best avoided for a while after periods of heavy rain because there are several creek crossings which can be difficult in high water.

The two images show the trail condition before and after grooming by the Alberni Trail Crew.

Update provided by Steve Stirling – member of the Alberni Trail Crew & Director with VISTA

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