Day 4 we were up early again and had breakfast (oatmeal and logan bread) coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Packed up quickly and headed out on the trail back to the main trail. Our goal today is Carmanah Creek, and we will determine what we do once we get there and see what time it is, and what shape we are in.
When we get to the main trail we head north and immediately have some serious ladders to climp to get to the cable car. This part of the trail has numerous boardwalks that are no longer safe to use.
A fair bit of this first section also goes through a bog, and has boardwalks all through it. Some are in better shape than others. Many of the trees look like someone carved them like bonsai.
Just before reaching KM 56, we get to Logan Creek, which has unbelievable ladders leading up and down from the suspension bridge. This bridge has significant engineering in it, and you can see clearly where it has been anchored to the rock walls on both sides.
another view of the ladder
and a side view
From here we followed the inland trail as we were not going to try crossing at Adrenaline Creek. It again had lots of ladders, big mud holes, more boardwalks over bogs and beaches. From Walbran Creek we took the beach route all the way to Carmanah Creek. We had to wait almost an hour at Vancouver Point as we arrived a bit too early and the tide was still too high to get around the point. In some places the sand was pretty good walking, but in others the fine sand was maybe worse than walking in mud.
We arrived early at the Carmanah Beach camp site. We could see Chez Moniques just 2 kms away and were standing there discussing options when Leane and Dean and some of the others from Cullite showed up. We all figured a burger tonight was better than one in the morning and agreed that once we headed for Chez Moniques, we were committing to walk another 2 kms to get to Cribs Creek. So off we went.
This is sure a treat to have on the trail. You can pretty much find whatever you are looking for here. Burgers cost $20, but there is also pop, beer, wine, fruit, veggies, baked goods, candy, chocolate bars, chips and in the morning Omeletes – fully loaded. While our trail food is very good, this was a nice break.
Once we finished we continued on to Cribs Creek. We went onto the trail around Carmanah lighthouse, and when we got to the other side, found out there was a shortcut we had missed – not in the books either. Oh well, 2 kms it is then. As we came off the beach, as you would expect, there was a steep ladder to help us burn off the calories we just ate.
We then went overland behind the lighthouse on a nice trail and then back down to the beach at KM 43. We sure enjoyed the smell of the new red cedar boardwalk.
The walk to Cribs Creek is a very nice one with good scenery, birds and good sand beaches. There are lots of places to camp, and good plentiful drinking water. For supper we had Chicken Stew with Dumplings.
The weather has stayed very good so far, and this was the first night we had a sunset. What a show that was
As the tide came in, the water was spilling over the rock ledges in front of the site. As it got darker we could see the phosphorescense on the edge of the waves and as the water fell over the rocks. This was pretty cool. It was hard to finally look away and close your eyes for much needed sleep.
That is the end of day 4, which by all accounts was a real good day.