Alberni Lookout

The Alberni Lookout, or just The Lookout, is a favourite destination for locals in the Alberni Valley. The there-and-back trail is 4.2 kilometers long. For most of this distance you will be hiking on active logging roads. It isn’t until the last part of the ascent, from the train tracks up, that you will find yourself hiking through a beautiful second growth forest. In total you will gain 394m of elevation by the time you reach The Lookout. The Lookout rewards hikers with what are, unquestionably, some of the best views of the Valley of Trails.

60-90 minutes round trip (4.2 km)
Vehicle Access: 
Elevation Gain: 
394 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
N 49°16'28.0800" W 124°44'17.5200"
GPS Map: 


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.