Trail: Englishman River Estuary, Parksville
Distance Walked: 4.3 km
Walking Time: 1 hr
Trail Rating: Easy
Trail: Rosewall Creek Trail, Comox
Distance Walked: 7.4 km
Walking Time: 2.5 hrs
Trail Rating: Moderate
Combined Distance Walked: 11.7 km
We had planned to hike The Abyss in Nanaimo today. We were actually on our way there when a nail in our SUV tire had other plans for us. Luckily, a local mechanic was available. Seeing us decked out in full hiking gear, he suggested that we head over to the Englishman River Estuary while waiting. It was an excellent idea.
Just over an hour later, our tire was restored, and so were we. In a quick change of plans, we decided to forego The Abyss for today, and to give Rosewall Creek a try. Alltrails lists this trail as 5.8 km. Recording it on our Alltrails App, we found that it was a bit longer, but we may have added an extra loop. Alltrails rates this trek as ‘easy’. Due to some tight, narrow sections near drop-offs, as well as many rock and root obstacles, a rating of ‘moderate’ is likely more appropriate.
Here’s an example of some of the terrain which varies throughout. It definitely is not stroller-friendly.
Regardless, this trail is worth the effort. Rosewall Creek is a second-growth forest of Hemlock, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Sitka Spruce, and Western Red Cedar. It reveals remaining springboard cuts used by fallers in decades past. To reward you for your commitment, it ends with a peaceful waterfall. Good hiking shoes and an adequate sense of balance are a must.
Tomorrow we will once again set off for the Abyss. The following day we will be joined by two ‘special guest hikers’. We look forward to seeing you then!