Maplehurst

MaplehurstMaplehurt trail is a beautiful series of interlocking loops, which allows for a number of different hiking routes to be followed. Hiking the largest loop will take you approximately 2 hours, as you travel approximately 4 km, and gain no more than 100 m in altitude.

As the name implies, the hike will bring you through stands of maples, as well as alder and aspen. The eastern trail follows Kitsuksis Creek with areas of steep banks along the way.  The western trail follows an old road and passes through some truly beautiful maple and alder groves. There are also some large douglas fir trees which survive from the days before the area was logged about 50 years ago. Maplehurst is a great place for wildlife encounters with deer, bear, and many types of birds calling the Creekside home. Maplehurst is one of the Valley of Trails most easily accessible hikes, being only a short drive by paved road from Port Alberni.     

Difficulty: 
Easy
Length: 
2 hours round (4 km)
Vehicle Access: 
2WD
Elevation Gain: 
100 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
49°16'35.1249", -124°48'08.7640"

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.