Warning: This trail information is in UNVERIFIED status. Hike The Island has not reality-checked the accuracy, directions, or GPS file for this hike. Use the following information as a point of reference only, not as a guide. Please report any errors and corrections to us immediately. By using our web site, you agree to our Terms and Conditions.

Individual Trail

South Island / Port Renfrew

120 min driving from Lake Cowichan

The Harriet Nahanee Memorial Trail was built in 2016 to commemorate the life and work of Harriet Nahanee, a Pacheedaht Elder who worked tirelessly to advocate for her people and the land. The trail starts where the logging was stopped in the Walbran by activists in the 90's. The trail-head is about a hundred meters off of the main logging road, half a kilometer past the bridge over the Walbran River. The trail heads down into the forest where the boardwalk starts. This is the T junction for the loop. Head left and hike along the boardwalk, then continue on the trail as it winds along the bank of the Walbran River. Eventually you will arrive at a T junction with signs. You can go down to the river and swim in the beautiful emerald water of the Marble Canyon, or up and to the left to look at the Log Jamb in the creek. In the summer you can hike up the creek bed to view the fools-gold and cool formations of Limestone Canyon. Back on the loop trail, you head up into deeper forest where giant old growth Cedar and Fir trees tower overhead, growing on top of Karst, a unique geo-morphological type of topography characterized underground drainage systems and sinkholes and caves formed by the dissolving of limestone rock. The trail now traverses the slope and passes through a proposed cut-block that has been flagged for cutting. Eventually the trail turns and goes down the slope and across the creek before popping out back at the T-junction where the boardwalk starts.

  • 120 min from Lake Cowichan
  • Loop
  • 4.00 km (round-trip)
  • 3.0 hours solo | 3.9 hours group round-trip
  • 165 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Hard difficulty
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Erin Flanagan
Duration Class:Medium Hike
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:Muddy, lots of climbing up and over logs
Dogs:OK off leash, be aware of wildlife (cougars, bears etc.)
Children:Big steps to climb over things
Cell Service:None
First Listed:2018-Apr-22
Last Updated:2018-May-19
GPS Notes
Most often when viewing our maps, trails marked in Green or Blue have been human-verified by our volunteers. A route in purple indicates an overgrown trail or a bushwhack. Otherwise, the tracks may have been satellite traced or imported from third party sources. While we strongly believe our GPS are accurate, please be aware that no logging system is perfect and to be aware of potential errors.

Expand Map

Duration Round-Trip (solo):180 min
Trailhead GPS:48.650175000,-124.597685000
Trailend GPS:48.650175000,-124.597685000
Distance:4.00 km (round-trip)
Elevation at Start:137 meters
Elevation at End:137 meters
Elevation Minimum:103 meters
Elevation Maximum:269 meters
Elevation Gain:165 meters (round-trip)
Elevation Loss:165 meters (round-trip)
Slope Up:15.50% (round-trip)
Slope Down:15.50% (round-trip)
You must Login to view trail directions. Don't have an account? Create Free Account
You must Login to view trail directions. Don't have an account? Create Free Account

There are no comments.

Leave a comment

You must Login to post a comment!

Disclaimer: Participate and hike at your own risk! Hike The Island and it's owners/organizers assume ABSOLUTELY NO responsibility, including but not limited to injury or loss of any kind/form due to the use of information, or participating in activities found on this group/site. Users understand and acknowledge that it is their own responsibility to verify land ownership and obtain permission prior to hiking to avoid trespassing on private property. By becoming the member/participant of Hike The Island or by using the information on our web site, you agree to the terms and conditions of the group listed on our web site.