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    Port Alberni Inlet Trail

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    20.0 km
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    841 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Hiking the Port Alberni Inlet Trail is an amazing experience near Port Alberni that will allow you to experience the rugged terrain and beautiful views along the edge of this lengthy body of water. While out on the trail, you will make your way through vibrant forests along the edge of the water and experience views of passing ships and floating timber along the shoreline. Hikers should take note that this is a point-to-point trail, meaning they will need to either arrange a pick up at the end of the route or backtrack along the trail, increasing the overall distance to a gruelling 40.0 km

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    Route Description for Port Alberni Inlet Trail

    Although it is a long trek along the waterline, the Port Alberni Inlet Trail is a fantastic journey that will expose you to some awesome hiking terrain and classic Vancouver Island views. Setting out from the trail head, you will make your way south through the dense forest, before climbing uphill and following the path as it bends to the west. Here, you will descend the hillside towards the edge of the inlet and follow it south, taking in the breathtaking views across the vast expanse of water. As you work your way around the forested lower slopes of Mount Hankin, you will experience some amazing views of floating logs and ships as they pass through the inlet, bringing goods to and from Port Alberni. Continue south along the edge of the water, working your way around Underwood Cove to eventually reach the flowing waters of the Franklin River as they empty out into the inlet. Reaching the end point of the trail, you can either wait for your pre-arranged pick up or backtrack along the trail to relive the 20km experience all over again from a different perspective.

    Getting to the Port Alberni Inlet Trail Trailhead

    To reach the Port Alberni Inlet trailhead from Port Alberni, drive south along 3rd Avenue for 1.3 km and turn left onto Ship Creek Road, following it for 1.4 km. Make a right turn here to enter the parking area.

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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      One Way

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