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A group of guys are considering this route from Bamfield to Gordon River...
...have you done it?
...can it be done in 4 days?  (thats all we have since we will be travelling from the midwest US)

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I did the West Coast Trail a couple years ago. It was a great experience.
Four days may be cutting it a little short.
(1)Caught shuttle bus at 7 am in Victoria.
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(3) Camped every night on the beach.
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I forgot to mention that the West Coast Trail can be physically challenging.
There are numerous ladders of some 200 ft in height that you use to leave the beach and climb up to the forest. That's necessary when a headland and/or the tides force one off the beach.
Also the boardwalk through the forest is in bad condition, slippery, and a bit dangerous. Prepare to get wad through the mud mup to your knees, but you will wash off each evening in the Pacific.
I want to emphasize that it's a wonderful expereince.

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I forgot to mention that the West Coast Trail can be physically challenging.
There are numerous ladders of some 200 ft in height that you use to leave the beach and climb up to the forest. That's necessary when a headland and/or the tides force one off the beach.
Also the boardwalk through the forest is in bad condition, slippery, and a bit dangerous. Prepare to get wad through the mud mup to your knees, but you will wash off each evening in the Pacific.
I want to emphasize that it's a wonderful expereince.

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I agree that 4 days is cutting it close.  And when are you planning on being on the WCT as for most of the summer months you do require a permit
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thanks...we are planning our trip for early september...sounds like we either need to find another day or another location to make sure that we have sufficient time.
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I know next to nothing about it but you could look into I think its called the North Coast trail in Cape Scott.  Its also on the island and I'm pretty sure its a few days shorter than the WCT.
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There is also the Juan de Fuca trail, also coastal. Shorter than the WCT.
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