Conditions for Lake Cowichan/Caycuse route;
Road is open as of March 26th 2020; Still some snow but melting. In fair condition, parts newly graded. Use Caution in Walbran canyon section, signed as ‘No stopping. Rock fall hazard’
Conditions for Port Renfrew/Bugaboo route;
Road is passable as of March 7th 2020. Road surface is rough and rocky recommend 4WD and high ground clearance vehicle. Use caution at the ‘Bump’ at Km 21.4. Don’t spin your tires on it!
Be cautious of rocks that can damage underneath of vehicles especially on canyon area on Glad Lk Main.
In winter check local snow forecasts for both these routes as you cross high elevation passes to access and leave the Walbran.
Falling Tree/branches Warning; With the increasing impact of climate change within the coastal rain forest with strong wind events in the summer months which are impacting trees already weakened by the continuing droughts there is a heightened risk of fallen trees and debris.
Western Hemlock are also being especially affected by parasitical Mistletoe and there are a lot of potentially dead and dangerous trees in the area.
Don’t hike in the forest during high winds seek open ground or logging roads and monitor the trees around you. Check carefully where you pitch your tent.
Andrerson Lake Trail;
Trail has experienced a lot of blow down making the hike more strenuous with difficult route finding and making it now a 6 hour+ round trip.
Castle Grove/Giant Trail;
Be cautious, in parts, as the old boardwalk from the 1990s is still being replaced.
*Please be aware that the Walbran Valley is a wilderness area with no cell phone coverage.
*The trail heads are close to the bridge over the Walbran River. Be advised that the bridge is approximately 35 feet above the river and appropriate caution should be taken especially with children.
*Creeks in area can flood quickly and be hazardous.