Clayoquot Hiking Trail RatingRadar Beach is one of the countless places that makes this part of the world so amazing.  It is difficult to get to due to it having an unmarked trailhead, steep and muddy trail, and considerable climbing and crawling above and below fallen trees. Where the other popular beach trails in the area have elaborate and expensive boardwalks and stairs, Radar Beach does not. 

  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProStunning & tranquil main beach
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProEven more remote beaches beyond
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProFeels far from civilisation
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProDifficult trail keeps people away
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProVery local feel to the beach
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProLots of beaches to explore
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProVery convenient from Tofino
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProDifficult trail is exciting & fun
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProIdyllic west coast beach
  • Victoria Hiking Trails ConDifficult & hard unmaintained trail

Clayoquot Hiking Trails

  The Big Tree Trail Hot Springs Cove Lone Cone Nuu Chah Nulth Radar Beach Radar Hill Vargas Island Virgin Falls Wild Pacific Trail

Victoria Hiking Trails

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The trail begins at the end of the Radar Hill parking lot.  Indiscreetly, a well used trail disappears steeply down towards the ocean, and within minutes you find yourself clinging to a rope as you ascend steeply. The trail is easy to follow in the daytime, however, you would have great difficulty keeping to the trail after dark.  You would be smart to have a light with you in case you linger at the beach longer than planned.

Though it's only just over one kilometre to the beach, it may take you over 40 minutes to get there.  There is, along with some rope assisted sections, plenty of mud avoiding, root jumping, log crossing sections that slow you down.  The mud can generally be avoided, but if you're worried, don't wear shoes you don't want dirtied.  Once at the beach you will quickly realize that there are multiple beaches.  One massively beautiful beach with rocky points on either side.  To the right the beach has an interesting rock outcrop, great for climbing over and an amazing place to sit and watch the sunset.  To the left the beach extends into the trees with a small channel of water.  Crossing the water is easy, then getting to the further beaches requires a bit of climbing, depending on the tides.

The further you walk, the more beaches you discover.  But also, the more difficult they become to get to.  The steep points of land jutting into the ocean rise steeply and are thick with sharp foliage and keep out the less determined wanderers.  A sign just inside the trailhead indicates no camping at Radar Beach, but if you were to, one of these further beaches would be ideal.  Even more remote than this already remote place and spectacularly beautiful.

Make sure to take a look at Radar Hill as well as the Radar Beaches.  It's a quick and easy walk from your car to the top of Radar Hill and the views are great.   Definitely one of the few places in Tofino where you can see above the forest see where you are.  Click the image below to see and aerial view from Radar Hill.

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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

  The Big Tree Trail Hot Springs Cove Lone Cone Nuu Chah Nulth Radar Beach Radar Hill Vargas Island Virgin Falls Wild Pacific Trail

Victoria Hiking Trails

Grass Lake(aka Grasse Lake or Grassie Lake) is a moderately difficult trail to a beautifully remote lake far in the wilderness of Sooke.  Popular for ...
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The Galloping Goose Regional Trail developed from a disused railway line begins at the Johnson Street bridge in downtown Victoria and goes in two ...
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Mount Tolmie is another beautiful, easily accessed mountain in Victoria with 360 degree ocean and city views.  On a clear day you can spot Mount Baker far ...
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Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park is a wonderful coastal park overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Located in Metchosin, a scenic and largely rural ...
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Lone Tree Hill Regional Park is a wonderful, hidden bit of paradise deep in the hills of Victoria has a beautiful panoramic view from its summit.  The hike is ...
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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

Hot Springs Cove is a wonderful day trip from Tofino.  Lots of whale watching companies offer whale watching/hot springs tours for very reasonable prices.  The ...
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The Wild Pacific Trail is a must see on any visit to Pacific Rim National Park, Ucluelet and/or Tofino.  Located in Ucluelet, the Wild Pacific Trail is ...
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Vargas Island Provincial Park is a popular Kayak camping destination due to its wonderful location close to Tofino.  It has wonderful, wilderness camping ...
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Meares Island was the centre of dispute in the 80's when the Nuu-chah-nulth protested Macmillan Bloedel's intent to log the island.  The Nuu-chah-nulth ...
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Radar Hill is absolutely one of the Tofino area sights not to be missed.  It's a quick and easy walk to the top and the views are beautiful.   Definitely one ...
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The West Coast Trail

When shipping in and out of Juan de Fuca Strait rapidly increased in the mid 1800's and alarming and costly number of ships were lost, the need for a ...
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The West Coast Trail is incredible. Everything about it is amazing. From the wildly, incomprehensibly enormous trees to endless jaw dropping views. And ...
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The West Coast Trail hiking season is confined to just five months due to the dangerously stormy weather during the winter months. In the winter the days ...
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There are three entry/exit points for the West Coast Trail, however the midway entry/exit point at Nitinaht Narrows is for hikers only hiking part of the trail. ...
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There are lots of options to getting to the West Coast Trail. The trail is linear so you have to arrange to get to the trailhead as well as from your exit ...
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The West Coast Trail is a very tough hike. About one out of one hundred hikers don't make it, they need to be rescued. That's why there are so many fees. ...
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