Conditions for Lake Cowichan/Caycuse route;
Road is open as of October 13th 2018; 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 now open as of November 21st 2018; Substantial land slide on Bugaboo from steep clear-cut above has now been cleared and road is passable.
The steep bump at the ball park, Km 21.4, has deteriorated again and has become quite rough. Don’t spin tires here accelerate on flat and coast up!. It is passable for an experienced driver with 2WDs with decent ground clearance but until we get it fixed, again, 4WD is recommended.
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.
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.