Microwave Tower Trail
The Microwave Tower Trail is a 5.3 km out-and-back hiking route that climbs uphill along a gravel service road to reach a lookout point next to a radio tower. The trail consists of a well-maintained gravel road that is flanked by heavy forest on either side for the duration of the hike and offers some partial views of the surrounding coastal landscape from the summit. Due to the slight uphill climb and easy-going nature of the trail, this hiking route is suitable for hikers of most skill levels, although families with young children might struggle.
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Route Description for Microwave Tower Trail
Although there are only partial views available from the summit of the hill, the Microwave Tower Trail is still a fantastic hiking route that will allow you to relax as you climb gently uphill in the midst of a scenic forest setting. From the trailhead, follow the path to the west as it enters into the forest cover and works between a few residential buildings. From here, the road will cross over a small creek and follow closely alongside it until you branch off to the north and climb up the hillside. The road will follow a series of wide switchbacks that lead you up to the radio tower on top of the hill. Once there, you will be able to explore the area and take in some partial views through the tree cover of Beaver Harbour to the east and the island’s interior mountains to the south. After you have taken in the views, head back down the same trail to return to your vehicle.
Getting to the Microwave Tower Trail Trailhead
To reach the trailhead for the Microwave Tower Trail from Port Hardy, head south on BC-19 for 5.2 km and turn left on Byng Road. After 3.5 km, make a left on Beaver Harbour Road and you will find the trailhead on the left in 2.8 km.
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