Monday, July 25, 2011

Trip Report: Juan de Fuca Trail

Another delayed post: we hiked the Juan de Fuca (JDF from now on) trail the beginning of this month.

A few years ago we hiked the West Coast Trail, which is the original coastal trail.  It basically ends 200 metres to the north of where this one begins.  We went in expecting the West Coast Trail (WCT from now on) all over again, which the JDF definitely is not.  The WCT is all about getting to the beaches at all costs (ie 100 meters down a slippery ladder, walk for half a kilometer, then the same thing back up again).  The JDF is a little more sensible, and because of this spends more time in the woods.  At first I was disappointed with this, but I think there are good aspects to both:

- you get to use ladders to get to each and every beach
- there are tons of people who can't wait meet and hang out with you
- it is ~7 days long, giving you lots of time to immerse yourself in the trail

- you don't have to take ladders to each and every frigging beach
- it isn't crawling with tons of dirty hippies who can't wait to meet you
- it is only 4 or 5 days long. "Immerse" is hippie for "smelly"

Overall, a really good trip.  Also, if you hike it South to North, each day seems to get better and better, at least in my opinion.

My favourite picture is below.  I don't know why I like it so much, but there it is.  Clicking here will take you to the full album.

Juan de Fuca Trail

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