River Trail between Campbell River and Gold River is a very pleasant and popular
trail through a forested valley, suitable for families. Strong hikers with only
light packs can make a return trip to Landslide Lake in a day.|
The trail is essentially an old elk trail that has been improved over the years.
The trail has been cleared nicely up to the gravel flats at Landslide Lake and
upper river flats. It is now quite a good trail, and hazardous log crossings at
Butterwort, Volcano and Puzzle Creeks have been replaced by sturdy bridges built
by the Island Mountain Ramblers in conjunction with BC Parks.
Due to the popularity of this trail, BC Parks has developed management strategies,
including concentrating tent camping at sites that can take the impact. Waste
management is a high priority and BC Parks has provided pit toilets at these sites.
At Volcano Creek there have been numerous bear sightings. It is about a 3-hour
hike for a hiker with full overnight gear to the Butterwort Creek gravel bar,
and about 6 hours to the gravel flats. From here one can make day excursions,
especially to Landslide Lake.
Elk River - looking
upstream from Elk Falls
River Trail is accessed via Highway 28 to Gold
River. From the bridge at Buttle Narrows drive about 23 km on Highway 28,
and find a sign to Elk River Trail, just before Drum Lakes. Driving time from
Campbell River is about 1 hour. Follow
the signs to the start of the trail. BC Parks has relocated the start of the trail
and also built a new parking lot. The new trail creates an unnecessary climb and
descent that is not appreciated by hikers just staring out with heavy packs. Old
hands prefer the original trail start located closer to the river.
trails in Strathcona Provincial Park:
Falls Nature Walk
Albert Edward Trail
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Trail information for Vancouver Island is provided in three superb Hiking
Trails guides by the Vancouver
Island Trails Information Society.