Alberni Inlet Trail - Stage 1

Alberni Inlet Trail MapThe Alberni Inlet Trail is one of the best hikes on Vancouver Island. It is a very diverse trail offering spectacular views of the Alberni Inlet, Mount Arrowsmith, and the City of Port Alberni. It is also an experience where the past and present of modern human habitation on Vancouver Island collide. The trail is located on a privately owned working forest in the traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-Nulth people.  In addition to forestry the area was known for both copper and gold mining in the 19th century. Not to be forgotten, the Alberni Inlet continues, as it long has, to be an important transportation corridor.

From the spacious parking lot on Ship Creek Road, the trail quickly rises through the forest to a lookout with panoramic views of Port Alberni and Mount Arrowsmith. Approximately 2 km from the trailhead, it connects to a logging road and turns west towards the Alberni Inlet. Another 0.6 km further at the next signpost, there are two route options: the first along Follinsbee Creek; and the second by way of the old Copper Mountain Trail. The former is the less demanding of the two routes, but the latter will reward you with views from the top of Copper Mountain. You may even find the remnants of an old mining cabin at Copper Mountain.  The trail then continues south along the water, a section that offers a variety of view scapes. Near the south end of the Stage 1, the trail swings east away from the water with views across China Creek Dryland Sort and China Creek Marina.

Stage 1 ends atr a private logging road.  All trail users are requested to approach the area with caution and as always, provide right-of-way to any industrial traffic they may encounter. 

6 hours one way (12 km)
Vehicle Access: 
Elevation Gain: 
300 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
49°12'54.9717", -124°47'36.4552"


UPDATE - The BC Wildfire Service has declared a ban on all Category 2 fires.  This means anything larger than a campfire (0.5 meters wide and 0.5 meters high) is presently prohibited. The forest is extra dry this spring so please be very careful!

IMPORTANT – Any of the various trails described on this website might be accessed through, or pass over, privately owned land. It is solely your responsibility as a hiker to ensure that you have the appropriate permission from the landowner before travelling on any privately owned land. When travelling on privately owned land, please be respectful and responsible, to help ensure the landowners future cooperation with hikers.  

When travelling on privately owned forestry roads, make sure to stay aware and follow all posted signs. Do not enter any areas that are marked closed for active logging, and never approach any logging equipment. Island Timberlands kindly provides information on access restrictions and other important info on their BLOG.

Whenever you venture into the wilderness it is important that you make someone aware of your travel plans, in the event that an emergency situation occurs. Always make sure that you bring with you appropriate survival equipment when venturing into the wilderness for even the shortest hikes. Be mindful of the difficulty of individual trails, and do not attempt hikes that are beyond your physically abilities or training. The volunteers, and owners, of the Valley of Trails website provide information about trails and outdoor activities in the Alberni Valley, but in no way assume responsibility or liability whatsoever in regards to your safety when venturing into the wilderness. It is your responsibility to stay safe in the Valley of Trails.