Stamp Long River Trail

Stamp Long River Trail MapThe Stamp Long River Trail provides access to 7.5 km of beautiful old growth riparian Vancouver Island forest on the east bank of the Stamp River.  It can be accessed from either the south or the north ends, but trail users should be aware that there are no intermediate access points.  For the most of its length, the trail parallels the river, although at the south end just above the falls, it goes inland for a short distance to avoid a large unstable slide.  Several short switchbacks provide contrasting views of the river from above.  Ancient firs and cedars can be found along the length of the trail, but there is a particularly fine stand of old growth near the north end.  Eagles, hawks, mergansers, dippers and other water birds are frequently seen.  In spring, fawn lilies are abundant and in fall, bears are frequently encountered feeding on salmon; care should be taken at this time of year to avoid walking into a feeding bear.  Caution should also exercises during winter when water levels are high.

3 hours one way (7.5 km)
Vehicle Access: 
Elevation Gain: 
50 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
North End 49°21'55.544", -124°57'47.5956" | South End 49°19'56.1756", -124°54'33.0912"
GPS Map: 


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.