JUAN DE FUCA MARINE TRAIL: CHINA BEACH TO BEAR BEACH

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Round trip: 20.4 km in 9 and a half hours. Wikiloc link of our route:

https://es.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=19088924

We started at China Beach Campground, from which there is a path that reaches Second Beach.

Juan de Fuca 1. Sendero de China a Second Beach. Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island
Path from China Beach Campground to Second Beach

We have to continue on the beach, where we will have our first contact with the spherical end and pseudo-alien aspect algae that will accompany us all the way, to the recreational area of China Beach (dayuse).

Juan de Fuca 2. Algas. Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island Algae
Giant bighead algae

We ascend to the parking lot and at this point is the proper start of the route.

The path goes through a medium-sized trees forest, very straight. When we were there  it was foggy, which gave it a mystical aspect.

Juan de Fuca 5. Arboles del bosque Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island trees forest
The first part of the forest

Then you’ll pass a suspension bridge over Pete Wolfe Creek. In the forest, larger and larger trees continue to appear mixed with rain forest, something that in the world only exists on the north Pacific coast from Oregon to northern British Columbia.

Juan de Fuca 6. Puente colgante en el Pete Wolfe Creek Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island suspension bridge
Suspension bridge
Juan de Fuca 7. bosque humedo Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island rain forest
Hiking in the rain forest
Juan de Fuca 7. bosque Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island forest
We’ll start finding the first large size trees
Juan de Fuca 8. pasarela hecha con un tronco, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island gangway made of a trunk
Boardwalk made from the trunk of a tree

We will arrive at Mystic Beach, where a natural rock arch attracts our attention and also an area where people have put so many small towers made of pebbles that looks like a sanctuary, is really beautiful.

Juan de Fuca 9. Mystic Beach Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island
Tent in Mystic Beach
Juan de Fuca 10. Arco de piedra en Mystic Beach Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island Stone arch
Stone arch in Mystic Beach
Juan de Fuca 10. Torres de piedras Mystic Beach Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island stone towers
Hundres of tiny stones made towers

Back on the path, we will soon find this beautiful curiosity of nature, as these two trunks have fallen parallel to each other and perpendicular to another of greater thickness.

Juan de Fuca 11. alwashere arboles caidos perpendicular bosque Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island forest fallen trees
Not even on purpose

From here are the largest trees. The largest in the world of their respective species are all very close, although none on the Marine Trail itself:

  • Sitka spruce. Some specimens exceed 70 meters. From this variety is the Carmanah Giant, the tallest tree in Canada with 96 meters high, which is located in the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, just 20 km northwest of Port Renfrew (the western end of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail). The largest by volume is the San Juan Spruce, 32 km east of Port Renfrew, in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park (though not on the Marine Trail).
Juan de Fuca 12. arboles gigantes sitka spruce picea bosque Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island forest trees
Sitka spruce, I guess…
  • Douglas fir. In this area their maximum height is about 60 meters, but 29 km east of Port Renfrew, very close to San Juan Spruce, is the largest in the world, the Red Creek Fir Champion (74 meters).
  • Western red or giant cedar. Although it receives this name, it is not a cedar, but another conifer. Slightly less high, the largest specimens are around 60 meters, being the largest (not the highest) the Cheewhat Giant, which is also very close, just 10 km northwest of the Carmanah Giant.
Juan de Fuca 13. arboles gigantes cedro rojo bosque Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island forest trees red cedar western
Red cedar

The truth is that I can not distinguish well from each other, I just fascinated myself again and again with the presence of these colossal trees. I suppose those with reddish bark, like that perpendicular, should be red cedars and those with rougher bark, Sitka spruces.

Green-black slugs almost 10 cm in length abound along with reddish based white fungi.

The trail gains height respect to the coast, providing some of the most beautiful and authentic landscapes in the route. We will pass by other bridges and next to trees with curious morphology.

Juan de Fuca 15. Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island forest
View of the coast from the trail
Juan de Fuca 16. arbol tridente o tenedor Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island forest fork tree
Trident-shaped tree
Juan de Fuca 17. arbol con rama circular Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island forest circular tree
Tree with a circular branch
Juan de Fuca 17. puente Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island bridge
One of the last bridges

In Bear Beach we stop for lunch. It feels more exposed to the sea than Mystic.

Juan de Fuca 20. Bear Beach Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island
Panel at Bear Beach entrance
Juan de Fuca 21. Bear Beach Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island
Having lunch in Bear Beach
Juan de Fuca 22. Bear Beach Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island
Bear Beach

On the way back, we stopped to play with a rope placed on China Beach to swing.

Juan de Fuca 23. China Beach, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island
China Beach cliff at dusk
Juan de Fuca 24. China Beach, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island
My father swinging in China Beach
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