WCT Day 8
My last day on the trail. I woke up to 2 Park Rangers showing up at the beach by zodiac. They had questions about the bear from yesterday and asked that I tell the staff about it when I checked-out in Port Renfrew later that day.
The last leg of the trail is to take a ferry across Gordon River to Port Renfrew. The ferry starts at 9 am and debarks every hour with the last one at 3 pm.
At Port Renfrew, I provided more details on the bear encounter from the day before to the park staff. They thought it might have been sick and had a hard time getting food, hence the hiker harassment. They showed me pictures of different bears that were on the trail and wanted me to point it out. It reminded me of a police lineup you see in movies. Since the bear came into camp when the sun was going down, I couldn’t see the small features needed to identify it from other bears (things like a small grey patch of fur on its leg).
I took the bus back to Victoria. The trip was over. The bus dropped me off in front of the Royal BC museum and I took a cab back to the Super 8 motel for one last stay in Victoria.
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If you have any questions on the trail, please let me know in the comment section below!
Important tip for those wishing to hike this trail: the most challenging thing I found was that I never really dried out. There was so much moisture in the air. When you are in the forest parts, you’re actually in a rain forest. When you’re on the beach, you get a constant mist hitting you from the ocean. You are also sweating a lot each day. I had quick drying clothes but it didn’t really matter, I was still wet. If you get any sun while on the trail, do your best to dry out.