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Individual Trail

Courtenay-Alberni / Port Alberni

20 min driving from Port Alberni

The Mt. Wesley Traverse runs along the back side of Cameron Lake with gorgeous views of the lake on one side and coastal mountains on the other. This trail is steep and somewhat of a bushwhack. It would be a good idea to pack a compass or GPS to navigate parts of the trail that are not clearly defined.

The west end of the trail starts by following Chalet Road leading to the cabins along Cameron Lake’s northwest shores. This dirt road splits off from Hwy 4 about 100 metres west of Cathedral Grove, gated by a yellow gate. Follow this road until you reach the cabins, and after the second cabin, look for flagging on your left near a chainsawed blowdown marking the beginning of the trail. This trail climbs steeply up through the forest to reach the railroad tracks.

The steep, well-worn trail to the saddle between Mt. Horne and Mt. Wesley will have you working up a sweat, but the trail will level out as you reach the saddle. There is a fork in the trail where heading right will take you towards Mt. Wesley, through overgrown and prickly raspberry bushes for about 200 metres before heading up into the timber. As you climb up to the rock bluffs, it will meet with the original trail, and follow the flags to stay on this route to the summit where you will find a summit cairn.

The trail will almost disappear but keep continuing east through the forest. Trail flagging is sparse as you approach the lower saddle. Your compass or GPS would be helpful, but in general, you want to try to stay on the top of the ridge and keep moving east. The trail will keep going down, and then you’ll hit a false peak called Salmon Hill. There are some great views along the bluffs here. The trail is well worn and easy to follow until it begins to criss-cross with quad trails. Keep an eye out for the flagging to try to stick to the trail because the quad trails can take you off track. The key is to keep heading east. As you descend, the trail becomes steeper, following switchbacks all the way down to the railroad tracks. Walk along the railroad track across the trestle to the parking area.

If you are using two vehicles, you have the option to leave your first car at Cathedral Grove.

Basics
  • 20 min from Port Alberni
  • Loop
  • 17.60 km (round-trip)
  • 16.0 hours solo | 20.8 hours group round-trip
  • 1,270 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Hard difficulty
Features
  • GPS Map available.

Duration Class:Multi-Day
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:Unrated
Dogs:Unknown
Children:Unrated
Cell Service:Unknown
First Listed:2018-May-01
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.

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Duration Round-Trip (solo):960 min
Trailhead GPS:49.291164000,-124.663341000
Trailend GPS:49.291164000,-124.663341000
Distance:17.60 km (round-trip)
Elevation at Start:196 meters
Elevation at End:196 meters
Elevation Minimum:184 meters
Elevation Maximum:905 meters
Elevation Gain:1,270 meters (round-trip)
Elevation Loss:-1,270 meters (round-trip)
Slope Up:12.20% (round-trip)
Slope Down:-11.30% (round-trip)
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