Nowadays it forms part of the Pacific Rim National Park and is one of the most popular hiking trails in the world. It takes about 5-6 days to complete at a nice pace (DH and DS are contemplating doing it next year), but frankly my bones couldn't take it. Today, I walked 10 km in, 10 km out, and was grateful we didn't encounter bears or cougars though we could hear the sea lions just off the coast. In fact, the most wildlife we saw were giant banana slugs on the path. We walked through temperate rainforest and negotiated a series of eight huge ladders that, for me, were the hardest part of the hike.
I've set two books in the region, but the scenery and isolation is so inspiring I can't wait to set another story in this wonderful landscape.
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