| Landslide Lake Trail is
located in Strathcona Provincial Park in Central Vancouver Island. |
the strong earthquake of June 24, 1946, a part of Mount Colonel Foster fell away
into the lake below, now officially named Landslide Lake. The water was displaced
so violently that it caused havoc in this part of the valley, taking out hundreds
of trees down to bedrock for about 800 metres. This scar is still clearly visible.
Though part of a main route to the Golden Hinde (3/4 days one way), the Elk
River Trail is used mostly by those who want to hike in to Landslide Lake.
They camp en route and take a daypack on the second day, either camping a second
night or heading out. Note that camping at Landslide Lake is not allowed.
At about 9.5 km, a side trail to Landslide Lake leaves the Elk River Trail after
it crosses the outfall stream where BC Parks has installed a new bridge. A newly
constructed trail climbs to the side of a waterfall (very impressive in flood)
and leads to Landslide Lake.
For those en route to the Golden Hinde this
makes a pleasant lunch break, provided that backpacks are stashed and not carried
up to the lake and down again.
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.
trails in Strathcona Provincial Park:
Falls Nature Walk
Albert Edward Trail
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