Off Marion Creek FSR by Highway 4,
approximately 55 km West of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island.
waterfalls, impressive mountain views (mostly at the end of trail),
shade in the forest, very few bugs in the first half of the trail.
Remote wilderness area.
From the trailhead to mini-dam/first waterfall – copious amounts of bear
scat and numerous raspberry bushes. Bear scat is present all the way to
the trail end. The trail is steep and challenging beyond the first
waterfall, with several short scrambling sections, some overgrown parts,
occasional navigational difficulties, and is suitable for experienced,
well-equipped hikers only. Hiking poles and boots are recommended to the
first waterfall, and are essential beyond that. A GPS containing the
trail, and long pants are highly recommended. Creek crossing (by the
dam) may be required, or a semi-dangerous crossing on a log above the
dam. Some bugs in the second half of the trail.
Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook (9th
edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 15
(Kennedy Lake) F2.
31. Another short scramble awaits 1.80 km from the
Jack's Peak Trail in Port Alberni BC Area
32. Jack's Peak Trail at 2.33 km.
Jack's Peak Trail Hike in Port Alberni British Columbia Area
33. Just a bit further.
Jack's Peak Trail - Hiking in Port Alberni BC Area
34. At 2.60 km after the mini-dam (5.80 km from the trailhead), we
have reached a small cairn with a decent view.
Jack's Peak Trail - Port Alberni Trail
35-36. The view without and with zoom. Somewhat
spoiled by the sun shining at us from that direction.
View from Jack's Peak Trail - Port Alberni Hike
37. After the cairn, the path all but disappears, and so does the flagging tape.
The trail ribbon in GPS is still there, though. But, even without the
mapped trail, just head towards the wall straight ahead, choosing the
path of least resistance, as it's a fairly challenging sub-alpine.
Jack's Peak Trail - Port Alberni Hiking
38. Here is that path of least resistance.
Jack's Peak Trail - British Columbia Hiking
39. The terrain opens up a bit. At some point, you will see waterfall
#3, so heads towards it.
Vancouver Island Hiking - Jack's Peak Trail
40. Approaching Jack's Peak Trail waterfall #3.
Jack's Peak Hiking on Vancouver Island British Columbia
41. Here it is, 700 meters from the cairn, and 3.3 km from the
Jack's Peak Trail Waterfall #3 in Port Alberni BC Area
our video of Waterfall #3.
42-43. Going forward, aim at this prominent tree above the waterfall.
Jack's Peak Trail Hike in British Columbia Canada
44. Looking back from near that tree, we see waterfall #3 on the right
side, and some remote mountains.
Jack's Peak Trail View
45. Right by the tree now.
Hike on Vancouver Island - Jack's Peak Trail
46. Another look back. The snow was still present, but wasn't much of an
obstacle. Could be a different situation, if the path before the cairn
would be covered by snow.
View from Jack's Peak Trail on Vancouver Island BC
47-48. Then, there are several "false peaks", where it appears you are
about to get to the top, only to see that there is still some way to go.
Jack's Peak Hike near Port Alberni BC Canada
49. Looking back after a false peak, we see Louise Goetting Lake far
Louise Goetting Lake seen from Jack's Peak Trail near Port Alberni BC
50. Almost there...
Hiking Jack's Peak Trail in British Columbia Canada
51. And here we are, at the second cairn, 3.90 km from the mini-dam, and
7.20 km from the trailhead. Coordinates:
Elevation: 1,471meters (1,191 meters
elevation gain from the trailhead). The average grade for the entire
trail is about 16%, and 21% for the part from the mini-dam to the trail
The actual Jack's Peak,
according to our GPS, is a slightly higher bump about 100 meters to the
left of that (seen in photo #53), but the views appear to be the same, if not better, from this
Jack's Peak Trail End
52-57. The views from Jack's Peak, left to right.
View from the end of Jack's Peak Trail near Port Alberni BC
58. Now a panorama.
Jack's Peak Trail End Panorama
59-60. And a few zoomed views of the peaks seen in the photos above.
our video of the views from the end of Jack's Peak
Jack's Peak Trail is relatively easy to the mini-dam/first waterfall,
which could be a good destination. Beyond that, the trail is suitable for
experienced, well-equipped hikers only, and leads to impressive mountain
views. Highly recommended.