Day 8 – Our final day – Michigan Creek to North Trail Head Pachena Bay

Well this is our last day on the beach.   It has been a hike that met all our expectations

As usual we are early risers, so we had logan bread and bannock for breakfast, with peanut butter, nutella, jam or honey as well as our tea and coffee.

misty morning

We only have 12 kms to go today and it is apparently easier than the rest of the trail. I expect easy is a relative term when talking about the WCT.   No way there will be no mud, ladders or other such things.

So we head out in the pre-dawn.   There seemed to be enough light at the campsite but we are now in the forested part so it is darker.   Have our headlamps with us just in case.  There is no beachwalking today unless we get to Pachena Bay while the tide is out, then the last bit can be walked across the beach.

early dawn thru trees

We passed the Pachena Point light station, but it was still pretty dark and all was quiet.  A couple of Kms further we crossed the Black River Bridge and it was getting light enough to see well, and the sun was starting to shine through the trees.

KM 9

Black River

Black Creek bridge

There are a couple of good viewing spots along the trail, and we meet a few hikers / joggers / dog walkers as we get closer to the trail head.

some interesting mushrooms near KM 9

The walking is superb, and we make good time.

Km 8

KM 6

KM 5

KM 4

very large stump at KM 4

KM 3

KM 2

Just as we get close to KM 1, we find the last ladder – and it is a big one – so the trail is going to make sure we remember I guess.  We walk across the beach, through the last part of the trail and find ourselves at the North Trailhead.

No bands, no cheering crowds, just a couple of rangers in the building waiting for hikers to leave or arrive.  We sign off the trail, buy a T-shirt and a few other things and head to the parking lot.  It is about 10 am.   There is a person there who has a taxi service that charges $10 each to go the 5 kms to Bamfield, but hell, we just walked 75 kms – we may as well walk the last five too.

As we walk along, the road continues on an uphill climb pretty much all the way to Bamfield.  By the time we get there, we figure maybe $10 wasn’t such a bad price.

We have some time yet till the shuttle gets here to take us back to the South Trailhead, so we have breakfast in the local restaurant, buy a few snacks and wait outside for the shuttle.

There are a number of other hikers we have seen on various campsites that arrive through the morning until the shuttle arrives.   Once we are all loaded in, there are no vacant seats (or room for gear either).

It is a rather long ride back (read hours), but the scenery is good in a number of spots and we pass through some small towns.    The road though is quite dusty, and it would be no fun to be following anyone.   Some on the bus talked all the way back, others slept and some listened to music.   The hikers that just finished the trail were pleased with what they were able to do, and those who were taking the shuttle to the south end to start their hike were looking forward to their adventure.

All in all this was a fabulous hike, and likely the best trail we have been on – it was worth the wait and all the planning.   I for sure, will do this one again.   Maybe won’t have to take as many pictures though. I have about 1300 and together the 3 of us have close to 3000 – so that will keep us busy during the winter months in Manitoba.

That’s it for the WCT series of blogs, hoped you enjoyed them and found them entertaining and informational.  Stay safe on your hikes and if you have this one on your list –  I would strongly suggest working at planning your hike and taking it off your list.

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WCT Day 7 – Tsocowis Creek to Michigan Creek

Well this will be an easy day.   About 4.5 kms, packs are lighter as most of our food is gone, the trail is pretty much all on the beach (to Orange Juice Creek at least), and the weather is perfect.

Breakfast was bannock with peanut butter, Nutella, jam or honey.  Also ate the rest of the logan bread.  The usual beverages as well.

We didn’t worry about getting off to a real early start this morning as we aren’t going far.

starting the morning with a coffee

but it is not polite to drink alone

more ship parts as we walk along the beach

a heron looking for breakfast along the beach

a balancing act crossing the creek

And before you know it we are at the Michigan Creek campsite

michigan creek

there is an abundance of floats in this site, but a scarcity of firewood

for lunch we had beef noodle bowl with jerky

Gathered up what firewood we could

saw some whales

whale tail

whale back

and for supper we had stroganoff

We sat around the fire that evening, didn’t have a super sunset so went to bed.

 

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WCT Day 6 – Tsusiat Falls to Tsocowis Creek

Well today we get to have a short hike – about 8 kms, as we walked a bit further a couple of days earlier, and if we walk all the way to Michigan Creek today, we will be finished our hike tomorrow – don’t want that.

So after our usual morning prep of bathroom, getting food from cache, making breakfast and filling water bottles we are ready to go.   Breakfast today is oatmeal with bannock, smothered with nutella or peanut butter – and maybe some jam or honey.  Chased down with the usual coffee, tea or hot chocolate, we are ready to go shortly after.  Sleeping bags have been stuff in sacks, tent has been taken down, packs have been repacked (and as we do every morning weighed with the portable fish scale) to make sure nobody carries LESS than anyone else.   All is fair when hiking.

As we are on the south side of the creek we can just get going.  We walk around the corner and – oh yea – we have to go back up those ladders.  Forgot about that

View first thing in morning when leaving Tsusiat Falls campsite

The trail from Tsusiat to Klanawa River is all inland and as with the rest of the trail, has many varying obstacles to navigate

trail from top of ladders

a natural "infinity pool" at the top of Tsusiat falls with ocean in background

such as boardwalks – all shapes and sizes

a bench with a view,

trails though trees – with roots,

the ever present ladders,

the Klanawa River,

the cable car over the Klanawa River

and finally back to the beach

some more rock ledges,

including ones to rest a pack on

then off the beach again at KM 20 where we get ocean views

we then bypass a derelict donkey engine and grader

so now that we know they had a grader on the trail/road at one time (although a very small one – the trail should get much better).  It sure does – entrance to bridge over Billy Goat Creek

Just up the trail we come to the ladder leading to the Tsoscowis Bridge

the actual swinging bridge

and the small falls beside the bridge

so now it is lunch time, and we are essentially done for the day.  Time for some well deserved R&R (or loafing as the case may be).  The site is empty of others of course as it is so early in the day – will see how that holds up for this evening.   We at least have the rest of the day to explore the area.

beach to the south

our camp site - fire going first - laid out damp gear

we had some visitors at lunch time – Dean and Leane – they are going through to Michigan as they have to get back to work.  Our lunch was hummus with crackers

Dean and Leane

rocks pushed up by waves along beach

loafing in style

loafing double style -with coffee of course

I always said "if you can find a comfy spot in the sun with no bugs - have a nap"

apparently one of them was listening - but was not in the sun

Now that we got that over with, it is time for exploring

part of a wrecked ship

trail guardians cabin

Guardians heading out on patrol

Tsocowis Creek

Cave around corner to south

tide has gone out so we can get around the point

beach to south around corner

We had spaghetti for supper, and then a few whales came by

back of whale

back of whale

and another beautiful sunset

and that was the end of Day 6

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WCT Day 5 – Cribs Creek to Tsusiat Falls

Well today is a real big day.  We have a suspension bridge, crab and salmon for lunch, a boat ride, a cable car, a really nice campsite complete with falls and a marriage proposal.  That’s a lot to pack into a day – don’t you think?   So in order to get all of that done, we were up at 6 and doing our usual morning routine.  Head for the bathroom, pick up the food from the bear cache, get snacks and drink crystals out for use during the day – and get the water on for tea and coffee.

This morning we have eggs (powdered) with added bacon and a side of hashbrowns along with our coffee, tea and hot chocolate.   That is a good way to start the day after the sunset and phosphorescence show of last night.  Before we leave though, need to filter and treat our water bottles.  We actually each have a Katydyn water bottle that has a virus filter in it.  You can buy them at MEC, Wilderness Supply in Winnipeg www.wildernesssupply.ca/ , Valhalla Pure Outfitters or other good outdoor stores.  It needs to have the VirusStat filter though or it does not kill bacteria.  Best thing about this water bottle is that you can pretty much scoop water from anywhere and drink through the spout with no worries.  On top of this we each carry a 1 litre Nalgene for flavoured water during the day, and water for cooking, tea, coffee and hot chocolate when we stop in the evening.

To get to Nitinat Narrows by noon we have about 10 kms to hike.

It is advised that we stay off the beach between Cribs Creek and Cheewat due to tide levels.  The first while we can stay on the beach as it is early morning and the tide is out.  We will only have to go inland to bypass Dare Point and the rocky shoreline, than can come back to the beach.  Sweet

As we were leaving the site in the morning we saw a few early risers – of the bird variety.

Heron

Shore bird = not sure what kind

Immature bald eagle

Morning sunrise view after tide was out

Morning sunrise

Walking along the first section of beach was quiet and peaceful once the tide was out.  The views were nice,

View along the beach

the sand was smooth,

Beach cleared of any evidence of yesterday's hikers

the crabs were fiesty,

A small crab looking to fight

had some slippery walking,

rocks with seaweed on them can be quite slippery

as well as some better walking

some higher, dryer walking

and now it is time to leave the “beach” and head inland

waves crashing along shoreline

but as we were leaving the beach (around KM 39), we found some very interesting fossils

fossil

fossil

the inland trail had some really good views of the coast as it is not far from the cliff edges

the trail itself is in pretty good shape.  there are some slightly wet areas, but not much in the way of deep mud.

trail through hedge

some good trail hiking

As we come off the inland trail (around KM 37), we have a short stretch of rocky ground

rocky stretch coming off inland trail

followed by some real nice sand beaches (about 1.5 kms long).  This is the area we were warned about during orientation that is frequented by bears who have bothered some hikers.

a really nice long beach walk - didn't see any bears though

At the end of the beach we head off onto the inland route.  This part of the trail (about 4 kms) crosses Ditidaht Tribe Reserve Lands.   There is a sign as you enter that says

DITIDAHT TRIBE RESERVE LANDS

Ditidaht Tribe Reserve Lands sign

The trail from here to Tsuquanah Point is maintained by the Ditidaht Tribe and Parks Canada.  After walking the beach (one of the nicest we have walked on so far) the trail is a real treat. The woods are quiet and peaceful, the trail wide and well maintained and no ladders.

trail through Ditidaht Tribe Reserve Lands

Around KM 36 we reached the suspension bridge over the Cheewhat River.  A much more solid structure than the last one.

Cheewhat River Suspension bridge

coming off the bridge there are a few sketchy, slippery boardwalks

Sketchy, slippery boardwalk

nice scenic views,

places to sit,

large trees

many roots,

more good sections of trail,

tunnels through trees – I really like these – they make you feel like a Hobbit,

nice boardwalks,

COUGAR tracks – on the trail,

and of course NITINAT NARROWS and CRAB – woo hoo! (for me anyways) – salmon if you are not partial to crab

Nitinat Narrows - Dean and Leane at table

what a crab looks like when served

What a crab looks like afterwards

Nitinat river

Your taxi just left

well that gets us to lunch time – a busy day already

Now for the afternoon.  We are going to Tsusiat Falls today which is another 5.5 kms.  Should be an easy afternoon right?   Not so fast – there are more hills, bridges, ladders, roots and of course boardwalks in all states of repair – or disrepair.  So here we go!

We show our Permits to our water taxi driver, his dog jumps in to join us and we head across the short channel to the north side of Nitinat Narrows.  Nice greenish-blue water but not drinkable – too much salt still in it.

Immediately after stepping off the boat we are met with a pretty steady climb (to wear off the lunch no doubt)  including boardwalks that go uphill with slats for grips

boardwalk needing some repairs

some fabulous views,

scenic trails,

beaches,

and rocky points,

rocky point along trail

The trail continues through an Indian Reserve between KM 30.5 and KM 29.5.  Access to the beach in this area is prohibited and the trail returns to the beach at KM 29.5.  This is about 2 kms from Tsusiat Falls.

The walk is pretty much normal until we get to the top of the ladders to get down to Tsusiat Falls.   They look like this

looking down the ladders from the top towards Tususiat beach

first good view of Tsusiat beach from platform

Tsusiat Falls beach and campsite

Tsusiat beach to north

and to the south

the campsite here is split in two by the river coming over the falls.  You can camp on this (south)  side of the river (which is where the ladders will be next day) or take off your shoes, head across and camp on the far side.  This is where the bathrooms and bear boxes are.   We stayed on this side as we figured we would prefer to get ready in the morning and head out rather than get ready, cross through the water, put our boots back on and then go up the ladders.

home for the night

and now the main attaction – the Falls

supper tonight is Red Thai Curry – a bit spicy as the cook added in too much of the Red Curry Paste (all of it actually) – hoo wee this one will be remembered

Just after supper Dean asked us for a favour.  Could we hold his camera, point it at him and Leane, and take a picture when he proposed in front of the falls?   She sure wasn’t expecting that – she kept trying to turn to face the camera to get her picture taken, and he kept turning her back to face him – I think she got it when he went down on one knee.

Following supper we sat at the fire with some others and chatted for a while, until the sun decided to set with another spectacular display.   Can it get any better than this?  This is a compilation of some of the shots each of us took.

and with that Day 5 ends.  I would say that was a good day, packed full with everything you could possibly want.  Good night.

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WCT Day 4 – Cullite Cove to Carmanah Creek – actually Cribs Creek

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.

some of the boardwalks are looking a bit tired

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.

Trail through bog

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.

Part of the ladder down to the Suspension Bridge

another view of the ladder

and a side view

View across bridge

On the Bridge

View through bottom of bridge while walking across - doesn't look so high from this angle

 

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.

Some really bad boardwalks between KM 54 and 53

Some good hard stretches of beach

An archway in high tide

View from KM 61 near Vancouver Point

tracks in the sand

Sea lion sunning on rock near Bonilla Point

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.

scaring up large flock of gulls on beach

Chez Moniques - it may not look like much from the outside

But the burgers were fantastic

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.

ladder at Carmanah

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.

some new red cedar walkways - got to love the smell of that

back down on the beach. there were sea lions on the rocks out a ways

Cribs Creek Camp site

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.

water spilling over rock ledges

That is the end of day 4, which by all accounts was a real good day.

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WCT Day 3 – Thrasher Cove to Cullite Creek

From Thrasher there are really two options to continue.   One is to go back up the ladders and switchbacks to get back on the main trail, and the other is to head along the beach – which is totally dependent on working within the confines of high and low tides.  We took the beach.

As we were planning the trip, we decided that we would not stay at all the “normal” sites as we figured they would maybe be too crowded.  Our hike today proved that theory as there were only 4 groups of us (about 9 total) at Cullite Creek.   The biggest downside was that firewood was scarce and at a premium, so we all decided to have just one fire and share the wood.  It is an extra 4 kms of hiking though.

We woke at 5 am to another foggy morning, and while one of us was boiling water, the other two were packing up the sleeping bags, taking the tent down and filling any water bottles we emptied the night before.  We made sure we had our bottles filtered and treated the night before so we would not be spending too much time on this in the morning.   There was nobody else up at this time, although there was some stirring in adjoining tents.  This is where having hikers that have hiked together before have an advantage as everyone  knows what needs to be done.

A misty morning start along the "beach"

Breakfast consisted of  wraps with peanut butter and banana – a trail favourite for us.  Wash it down with coffee or tea and you are good to go for hours.

We were the first hikers out of Thrasher and headed around the corner to get on the beach heading to Owens Point.   Someone with a sick sense of humour called this a beach, but it is miles of rocks, boulders, bigger boulders, stray logs on the ground, stray logs perched on top of the rocks, and the rocks you walk on are still a bit slippery as the tide has just gone out.

Some of the beach rocks to navigate through

more of the trail

A log labyrinth

Using a log "bridge" to get over the rocks

Beyond all that it was an absolutely gorgeous part of the hike.  You just had to watch where you were stepping, and if you wanted to look up – STOP first.

Some scenery

more scenery

waterfalls

There are a lot of little tidal pools along the way with anemone, crabs, starfish and other marine life that got left behind by the tide.

One of the many tidal pools

Beach wildlife

Starfish

Anemone

At the end of this stretch we came to Owen Point, which has some fabulous caves as well as sea lions off the point.  One of these caves can be walked through at low tide, but once the tide comes in you need to get around the point.  It comes in much faster than you would expect.  There are ropes hanging in the area to help you get around if the water forces you to climb over the point.

Sea lion off Owen Point

Cave

Another view through the cave - this one looks like a crow

Owen Point

Once we were around the point we walked along a limestone ledge and crossed a number of surge channels.  The big ones we went around.

Surge Channel - water out

Same surge channel - water in

Cave created by water

As the tide was coming in, we climbed out at KM 65 and walked to the main trail.  This section was quite muddy, had a number of ladders and was slow going.

Muddy log crossing small ravine - hatchmarks on log are for traction

mud hole on way to main trail

Once we got to Camper Bay, we took the cable car across – that was neat – and continued overland to Cullite campsite.  We didn’t stop to look at the Camper Bay site.  There are many, many ladders on this stretch and some mud.  Some of these ladders have over 200 rungs and you know pretty quick if you are in shape or not – even going down them works your legs and arms.   There are some very muddy sections due to the high volume of rain the previous week, and the gaiters help to keep some of the mud from getting into the boots.   Lunch on the trail consisted of tuna in foil pouches with crackers and some cheese.

small waterfall on Thistle Creek - KM 63

one more long ladder to keep the day interesting - this is Justin who doesn't like ladders or heights - what a difference a day makes

Cable car on south side of Camper Creek - Josh and Justin waiting to board

Cable car North side Camper Creek - Josh & Justin disembarking

log crossing ravine between KM 61 and KM 60

Cullite is an awesome campsite with a good view, but very little firewood.  As we had our fire going first, the rest of those camped there joined us all around one fire.

Cullite beach

Cullite Cove

Our site at Cullite - with most of gear out of bags

For supper we had Beef Noodle Soup which was welcome as the wind had picked up a bit and we were out of the sun.  As always tea and coffee preceeded and followed supper.

Community camp fire

Most everyone was headed off to bed by 8:30 or so, so we finished up our hot chocolate, made sure the fire was put out and headed for a good nights sleep.

That is the end of Day 3 and I have taken over 500 pictures already.  Not sure how many Josh and Justin have taken.  Good thing I have spare batteries and memory cards.

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WCT Day 2 – SouthTrailhead (Gordon River) to Thrasher Cove

All the advice given is to spend the day walking the 5 kms to Thrasher Cove.  This is one of the most rugged pieces of trail and unless you are very fit, you likely won’t be able to make it to the 2nd site at Camper Bay – it would be a 13 km hike and a long hard day.

We woke up early after a pretty good nights sleep.  Had some noisy neighbours that went on late the evening before.  We woke up to waves on the beach, seagulls and some boats heading out around 5:00 am to fish.  It is a foggy morning but by 7:30 we can see across the bay.

Foggy morning

We took the tent down, had breakfast (oatmeal, tea & coffee), repacked our packs which were now 53 pounds each (added fuel and some perishable food that we would eat the first day or two) and drove to the West Coast Trail Hotel http://www.westcoasttrailmotel.com/  to park the car.  Cost for 6 days of parking was $30.00.  Got a ride back to Butch’s to catch the boat to the beginning of the trail.

Butch's at the Marina

We were the first ones there.  A group of 7 came shortly after and the father was annoying us before we even left the dock.  Got on the boat and headed across the Gordon River to the start of the trail.

Butch's boat

South Trailhead sign

We started up the trail on a path with some mud and quite steep.  Lots of rocks to maneouver around as well as roots to climb over so we went slow.  With all our picture taking we were averaging about 1 km per hour.

Typical roots along trail

We came to our first ladder – Justin did well ( he doesn’t like ladders or heights) as this one only had 4 rungs on it.  A good way to work your way up to the bigger ladders ahead.  We continued along the trail, going mostly uphill, up and down ladders, across bridges and boardwalks.  Had a few breaks to take the packs off or rest them on a log to give the thighs and backs a break.   No slips or falls as we were taking our time.

Hill with large cedar

1st bridge

Squared off log crossing a mudhole

We met about 20 people on their way out who said it was real muddy around Walbran Creek.  Saw a number of banana slugs and black caterpillars but not much else.

Banana slug

We could hear boats heading out to fish for the first 1.5 hours and then it was quiet.   There were many nice areas that were superb walking and the scenery consisted of old trees, stumps and regrowth.

One of the mud holes that someone had laid boards in

One of the many ladders down to Thrasher

At Km 72 there is an old donkey engine that was used by loggers to get logs to the water.  There is still evidence of heavy cables stretched taut between trees that was left there decades ago.

Donkey Engine along trail KM 72

For lunch we had sausage, cheese and crackers at the 4.5km (70.5 km) mark and then headed to Trasher Cove.

Tsunami sign indicating this is a safe spot

Getting to Thrasher from the main trail requires navigating steep ladders with swithbacks between them that wind their way down the hill to the cove.   The trail is about 1 km in length and is not too bad this way.  Can’t imagine what it would be like to go the other way.

We arrived there around 2:00 pm and found a good spot on the beach.  Gathered firewood as there was not much around.  A couple were looking to set up right beside us, but the boys gave them a look that suggested a better spot could be found elsewhere. We met them again later and Leane and Dean thanked us as they found a real good spot with nobody near them further down the beach. Once we are settled in, we send out a SPOT message on our SPOT SATELLITE MESSENGER unit http://international.findmespot.com/ so that those at home know we are done for the day and safe in camp.  If you don’t carry one of these, I would strongly suggest that you consider adding it to your “must have” equipment.  Worth its weight in gold if you ever find yourself  in a situation that requires assistance or evacuation.

Thrasher Cove

Our campsite when we set up

The site at 6:30

This site has 2 compost toilets and 2 bear bins.   There is also good drinking water close.  By suppertime there were about 25-30 people which seemed to be just fine.   We had supper of Shrimp Jambalaya with Quinoa – we prepare all of our meals in advance and dehydrate them rather than buy prepacked meals.  We find the sodium content of those is just too high for the most part.  We do carry a couple of pre-packaged meals in the event we get delayed longer than we expected.

We spoke too soon.  It is now about 6:30 pm and there are 60 people here with tents everywhere.  We have pretty much lost our view with the latest tents setting up in front of us – in our opinion too close to where the tide will come to as evidenced by the flotsam on the beach.  The main reason for this large influx of people is that Thrasher is the first/last site from Gordon River.   If you are heading south you need to stop here for the night before finishing the hike the next day.  Unless you are determined enough to pass Thrasher and continue onto Camper Bay, this is your first site as well.   Better to be early than late though.

We head into the tent around 9:30 as we have another long day ahead tomorrow, but are woken up around 11:00 pm by the people who set their tents in front of us.  The tide is coming in with waves and they are frantically pulling their tents away from the tide so their gear doesn’t get wet.  Not much we can do other than lay in our tent and watch the action.  Other than that it is a quiet night, other than you can hear the snoring from 4 or 5 tents down as everyone is so close together.

Then back to sleep.

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