Medium Trails

The Valley of Trails offers many great options for people looking to escape into the wild for half a day. We define a medium hike as anything taking 4 hours or less. Half a day can take you along some of Vancouver Island’s best hikes.  These medium hikes are as varied as the terrain in the Valley of Trails. 

Medium Trails

Each trail in this section is assigned a level of difficulty: easy, moderate, or hard.  Easy trails offer limited elevation gain and good surfaces. Moderate trails entail moderate elevation gain and some scrambling. Hard trails are generally steep and may require work locating the trail.

The Valley of Trails is located in some of Vancouver Island’s most active logging territory. As a result hiking trails and logging roads change constantly due to logging, road building and deactivations. It is your responsibility to hike with care – picking safe routes and watching your step. Many of the roads leading to trailheads in the Alberni Valley are gravel. If you are renting a car, be sure you are allowed to take it on a gravel road without invalidating your insurance coverage. While most logging roads are open to the public at all times, logging companies have the right to shut down public use of the roads for public safety during harvesting, construction, and extreme fire hazard. Always drive with you head lights on, yield to logging traffic, and obey all signs.

Finally, some of the best trails in the Alberni Valley travel over private land (owned by logging companies or private citizens).  It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate permission to use the hiking trails. Always use basic wilderness ethic when hiking on Vancouver Island: stay on the trail; use campfire sparingly and ensure they are extinguished; bury all human waste; and do not disturb local flora, fauna, or artifacts.   

This section provides information some of the best medium hikes on Vancouver Island BC. We are constantly adding information about these Vancouver Island hikes and adding new trails all the time.  So be sure to check back often.  As always – happy hiking! 


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.