Mallard Lake Trail

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2.7 km
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180 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Mallard Lake Trail is a 2.7 km out-and-back hiking route south of Tofino that passes through some rough and overgrown terrain to reach the shores of Mallard Lake. Although the trail itself isn’t overly difficult, the thick brush along the route tends to slow your progress on this short hike to the lake. That being said, the landscape is fairly scenic once you reach the shores of Mallard Lake, and several partial views extend to the surrounding area.

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Route Description for Mallard Lake Trail

Hiking along the Mallard Lake Trail is a rough and rugged experience that will require you to push your way through overgrown stretches of terrain. The route is fairly short, and there is only a minimal elevation gain of 180 m, which certainly helps in reducing the amount of time required to reach the lake.

Setting out on the trail, you will initially climb uphill along a logging road before reaching a tower on top of the hill. From here, continue along the trail as the forest cover begins to thicken into a narrow tunnel of overgrown brush. Reaching the shores of the lake, you will be able to take in the natural beauty of the serene woodland atmosphere. Once you have finished at the lake, make your way back down the same route to return to your vehicle.

Getting to the Mallard Lake Trail Trailhead

To reach the Mallard Lake Trail from Tofino, drive east on Campbell Street for 2.1 km and continue onto BC-4. After 7.2 km, you will find the trailhead on the right.

Route Information

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  • Backcountry Campsites


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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