Log Train Trail

The historic Log Train Trail is a major feature in the history of the forest industry on Vancouver Island. It runs for 22 km along the foot of the stunning Beaufort Mountain Range and into the City of Port Alberni, following the grade of a former logging railroad which operated until 1953. 

The length of the Log Train Trail is very wide, flat, and well maintained making it ideal for bicycling, horseback riding, and of course hiking.  It passes through rural residential and quaint farming areas with the occasional panoramic views across the valley.  Along the way you pass the McLean's Mill National Historic Site, Mulcaster Slough, and the site of another old logging camp called Bainbridge Mill.  Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the Log Train Trail.

Difficulty: 
Easy
Length: 
4-5 hours one way (22 km)
Vehicle Access: 
2WD
Elevation Gain: 
Little
Trailhead Coordinates: 
North End 49°23.470'N, 124°56.861'W | South End 49°16.001'N, 124°44.767'W
GPS Map: 

Important

UPDATE - The BC Wildfire Service has declared a ban on all Category 2 fires.  This means anything larger than a campfire (0.5 meters wide and 0.5 meters high) is presently prohibited. The forest is extra dry this spring so please be very careful!

IMPORTANT – Any of the various trails described on this website might be accessed through, or pass over, privately owned land. It is solely your responsibility as a hiker to ensure that you have the appropriate permission from the landowner before travelling on any privately owned land. When travelling on privately owned land, please be respectful and responsible, to help ensure the landowners future cooperation with hikers.  

When travelling on privately owned forestry roads, make sure to stay aware and follow all posted signs. Do not enter any areas that are marked closed for active logging, and never approach any logging equipment. Island Timberlands kindly provides information on access restrictions and other important info on their BLOG.

Whenever you venture into the wilderness it is important that you make someone aware of your travel plans, in the event that an emergency situation occurs. Always make sure that you bring with you appropriate survival equipment when venturing into the wilderness for even the shortest hikes. Be mindful of the difficulty of individual trails, and do not attempt hikes that are beyond your physically abilities or training. The volunteers, and owners, of the Valley of Trails website provide information about trails and outdoor activities in the Alberni Valley, but in no way assume responsibility or liability whatsoever in regards to your safety when venturing into the wilderness. It is your responsibility to stay safe in the Valley of Trails.