Rogers Creek Nature Trail

It’s likely that the Rogers Creek Nature Trail started out as a single trail, but today it has evolved into one of Vancouver Island’s nicest trail network. The main branches are displayed in the map below, but there are numerous lesser branches that have not yet been mapped. The main trail is a relatively easy hike, but the trail become less well defined further along its length and has several sections that require short scrambles. The main trail is described here. Rogers Creek Nature Trail is one of the crown jewels of the Valley of Trails. The main trail head is located on the Port Alberni Highway. Immediately after leaving the parking lot, the trail passes the C & N trail, the crosses over Wolf Creek. It continues along the bank of Rogers Creek eventually intersecting the Log Train Trail where it crosses Rogers Creek. Continue straight ahead. After approximately 30 minutes, the trail skirts a pool on a bend of the creek and shortly after, passes by an impressive shale bank and the Rogers Creek Giant (a large Douglas Fir tree). The trail moves away from the creek to avoid the sheer cliffs of the shale canyon in this section. After 60 minutes, a feeder trail leading to Burde Street is encountered. Several minutes further, a short side trail to the left leads to the lower dam for the original water supply for Port Alberni. Another fifteen minutes brings you to the end of the Rogers Creek Nature Trail where it meets the Stokes Creek to Burde Street Trail. Follow left down the Stokes Creek Trail to the old upper dam. Downstream of the dam is one of the most famous scenes in the Alberni Valley – the Hole in the Wall.

Difficulty: 
Easy
Length: 
2 hours round trip (6 km)
Vehicle Access: 
2WD
Elevation Gain: 
80 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
N 49° 15' 27.89'' W 124° 46' 31.60''

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.