This trail leads from the highway down a marshy trail and end up at the crash site of an old Canso A plane that went down in 1945. We parked at the bottom of the Radar Hill entrance by the parking ticket dispenser. It's a bit of a walk up the highway to telephone pole marker 300. The track shows where to turn off the highway. The trail goes up over a ridge and then drops down into a wet marshy area. There was loads of mud and puddles here and made progress a little slow.
After a while in the mud the trail starts to go up the ridge on the other side of the marsh. The plane is tucked in the trees on the side of the ridge. Just before the crash site the trail goes past a circular hole usually filled with water. This is where the bombs from the wreck were detonated by clean up crews soon after the plane crashed.
Drive towards Tofino. The Radar Hill parking lot is a few km before you get to Tofino. The trail head is on the highway about a kilometre south of the Radar Hill parking lot.
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Posted By: Rawkfan
- Thu Feb 07 20:24:46 UTC 2019
UpsideShort rewarding hike with some very neat history. CommentI tried to reverse engineer the mud problem by doing this in early February. The product of which was maybe 4-5cm of mud on my low cut hikers so a win in that respect. Most of the peat in the lowlands was frozen but you still had to chose your lines to keep clean (which made it fun compared to the grandma style gravel trail off the highway). Thank you noble pines and your roots!
The maintenance building is super creepy while the Canso 11007 plane crash site is amazing. I suggest doing some research on the history of the crash to better appreciate things when you get there.
Round trip from the Radar Hill parking lot was 2 hours including 40 minutes of poking around at the plane.
Posted By: mharvard
- Sat Apr 11 07:43:44 UTC 2009
UpsideNot a boardwalk hike and great scenery DownsideDeep Mud could be a deterrent CommentVery windy trail after you pass the abandoned building; sufficient markings using the blue and neon yellow ribbons to find the site; some of the pink markers lead off the main trail in the wrong direction so either bring a topo map and compass or utilize a gps. Be prepared for up to a foot of mud at this time of year (April) and that way you will be able to trek straight through the swampy areas.
Posted By: Big Ian
- Fri Aug 15 03:47:11 UTC 2008
UpsideMore personality than most of the PRNP hikes. DownsideD-E-E-P MUD! CommentWear gumboots (or hipwaders)! Please take some trash out with you, there is a profusion of granola wrappers, beer cans, juice boxes etc. at the site. The trail is heavily braided, pay attention on the way to the site, as you will be challenged heavily to find the way back.