Lonely Doug

Total Miles
7.1

Elevation

183.97 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

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Trail Overview

This is located in a very wet rainforest area of Southern Vancouver Island where the old-growth forest has been under attack by logging for decades. The road is a basic rough FSR up until the last 90-degree turn. Most people hike from there. 4WD with clearance is required for the last 250 meters. Lonely Doug is a huge douglas fir in the middle of a clear-cut area. At the time that the area was logged this was the 2nd tallest douglas fir in the country. Confirmed to be sixty-six meters tall, nearly four meters wide, and almost twelve meters in circumference. It is huge. Encased within the foot-thick corky bark was enough wood to fill four logging trucks or to frame five 2,000-square-foot houses. This tree was saved and it has stood as a reminder that we need these giant icons in our forests.This is located in prime bear country so have bear spray and make noise.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Technical Rating

5

Access Description

Travel out of Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island.