Depending on your speed and the weather, this trail took 5-8 days to complete. You had to pack all your food in and take all your garbage out with you. The trail now has a lot of boardwalk on it but it didn't at the time in 1988. Footing and balance was a real challenge. Sometimes you had to cross a ravine over a felled log like this one, with a long drop below. Eventually, wire hand hold cables were added on one side but they weren't in place in 1988.

Westcoast Trial 1988

Remants of a logging operation that had been on the mountain years ago.

Westcoast Trail 1988

Camping along the beach. The goal was to try to stay dry as it seemed to rain a while almost every day.

Westcoast Trail 1988

Sometimes the only way across was by sitting in a "sardine can" and pulling yourself across by hand on a cable. It was unnerving the first time. After that it was a lot of fun.

Westcoast Trail 1988

This was the view from my tent as I woke up one morning.

Westcoast Trail 1988

It had rained again over night.

Westcoast Trail 1988

This narrow cable walking bridge had a spectacular view.

Westcoast Trail 1988

Rugged coastline with fishing boats faintly visible in the distance.

Westcoast Trail 1988

Another beautiful view.

Westcoast Trail 1988

Another handcar to pull yourself across. However, first you had to fill up your water bottles from the stream and treat the water with iodine or boil it. That's how you got your drinking water every day.

1988

This photo was underexposed, but you can see a rope for holding on while climbing up a ridge.

Westcoast Trail 1988

Near the north end of the trail

Westcoast Trail 1988

Last chance for fresh drinking water below.

Westcoast Trail 1988