Conditions for Lake Cowichan/Caycuse route;
Road is now open as of March 20th 2018. Plowed to McClure Lk and then with patchy but passable snow conditions. Watch for rocks and debris, especially on Glad Lake Main.
Conditions for Port Renfrew/Bugaboo route;
Road is still closed as of March 20th 2018 and possibly closed for next few weeks due to heavy snow conditions.
Gorden Main has deteriorated and is bumpy and rough, especially section to Avatar Grove. The Bugaboo road washout has now been fixed, possibly due to the road being used for scheduled logging activity. The steep bump at the ball park, Km 21.4, has also been improved by volunteers. Take it slow and easy but it is passable for 2WDs.
Check local snow forecasts for both these routes as you cross high elevation passes to access and leave the Walbran.
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 8 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.