Distance - 9.5km, 4.5 hr: Wesley Trail starts at Lockwood Ck Bridge coming out MacMillan Provincal Park Trail
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Date: March 15 2004
Weather: cloudy with strong winds
Trail conditions: Good/Fair Worn trail up to Salmon Hill follow flagging from then on.
Wesley Traverse: (Trail Description done by Steve Phillips)
Start on the tracks heading west over the Train Trestle. Just past the trestle look for a trail (flagged) of to the right. Follow the steep path as it makes its way up the ridge. You will reach a spot (Beauty Spot) with a beautiful view of Cameron Lake. Continue up the trail staying left (trail has a fork going right). The trail begins to level out into some fine looking timber with a carpet of moss. Follow the trail up to the Radio Tower. At the Radio tower you will get your first views of the East and South Island. Continue heading west following a rough road that will take you down a steep hill. At the bottom of the hill look for a trail going left. Follow this trail winding past a couple of frog ponds. Soon you will come to an old fire pit (stacked wood present). The trail soon levels off through the timber. Continue along the ridge trail gradually ascending to a rock outcrop called Salmon Hill. Salmon Hill provides great views of the East Island (Hornby & Denman Islands). To complete the Full Traverse you will have to back track down from Salmon Hill until you see some flagging heading west on an old overgrown road. From here on in it is recommended that you bring a compass maintaining west. The rest of the route is a rough bushwhack that has been flagged all the way to Mt. Wesley. On the way you will pass a couple of tarns, you will go over several rock outcrops and down through some first growth areas. To gain the summit of Wesley, continue to follow the flagging up the gradual hillside. The summit of Wesley is unimpressive (a couple of chunks of wood propped up for a cairn. (Be sure to look in the cairn for the sign in book) From the top of Wesley head towards Cameron Lake (this route is flagged with pink ribbon). You will soon come to a very steep cliff overlooking Cameron Lake (Awesome view). Continue heading west following the flagging west down the ridge. You will reach parts of the trail with views of Mount Horne & Horne Lake. Continue down the ridge following the flagging until you reach a small rockslide going down to the logging slash. Turn left on the logging road, and then take an immediate right going through the slash towards Mt. Horne. You will come across an old log on the left side saying TRAIL (Puke Point). At this point the trail goes straight down towards Cameron Lake or branches up towards Mt. Horne. Continue going straight towards the lake. This is a well-travelled trail that leads down to the railroad tracks (at the end of the trail is an old blue rope). At this point you have the option to walk the tracks back to your vehicle (turn left) or if you have a return ride turn right (west) towards Port Alberni for 100 meters. Look for a flagged trail on the left hand side. Take this trail down to the Cabins along the lake. Turn right and walk the road to Cathedral Grove.
How to get there
Park: East End of Cameron Lake (Park by the Railroad Tracks between the 2 bridges before the double lanes heading to Parksville)
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