NTS Map:92F11. This is an easy 8km (2 hour) walk on a boardwalk with an elevation gain of about 70 m. It takes you past Battleship Lake, sub-alpine meadows and around beautiful Lake Helen McKenzie. At every junction there is a direction map and a -you are here - arrow on it. Views are not fantastic since the heavy forests block most of the peaks. You can get glimpses every so often which are awesome. This is a really nice introduction into Vancouver Island hiking. The gray jays (birds) are very aggressive and well try to eat your lunch while you are eating it!
Forbidden Plateau: The main access route to Forbidden Plateau from Courtenay and Campbell River is via the Paradise Meadows Trailhead at Mount Washington. From Highway 19 follow signs to Mount Washington Ski Resort via exit #130 (the Strathcona Parkway) for 20 km. Turn left onto the Nordic Lodge road for 1.5 km to the Paradise Meadows parking lot.
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Posted By: FredAnn
- Sun Sep 08 21:27:55 UTC 2019
UpsideWell marked trail, with a nice woodsy vibe. We appreciated the 3 outhouses along the path. Not difficult with a gradual upward climb at the start, of 1.5 to 2km in length.Lots of boardwalks which makes it easier. DownsideFor us, age 66, this was too long. We are used to 4-6 km. After that uphill climb, knowing we were only half way was hard. Step carefully. Lots of roots.
Posted By: bumbleroot
- Mon Aug 11 04:17:53 UTC 2008
UpsideGreat quick and easy hike to get yourself out into nature. Trail is very easy and is currently being upgraded with more boardwalks. DownsideSometimes quite busy because it is easy.
Posted By: trailpeak
- Wed Nov 12 01:32:09 UTC 2003
CommentTo the trail contributor, if you have pictures you can also e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.