Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) invites local residents to the opening of a new trail that connects up a large section of the lower Elphinstone forest slopes. The recently completed trail links up 2 of the isolated Elphinstone Parks taking you through some beautiful stands of emerging old-growth. See our recent ad in the CoastReporter.net. Health Trail ad October 26
The trail guides us through a key part of the Mt. Elphinstone Prov. Park expansion proposal area. This new protected zone would protect vital resources, such as forest wildlife habitat, wildcrafting and treasured recreational opportunities for future generations.
To See a full colour map click Here Elphinstone_Trail_map_v5
(See Directions Below)
To view images and get further background details check out the campaigns section on the website here, view our facebook page and the images taken by TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance.
The Health Trail is approx. 4.4 kms (2.5 miles) in length on varied terrain crossing 10 creeks on narrow foot bridges. This trail has a 7.5 rating for difficulty. Hikers must be in good shape. Estimated round trip: 3.5 hrs. No dogs as cougar, bear, deer, elk, bobcat, pheasants, fox (sighted 12/10/13) and grouse are found throughout the Elphinstone area. Kids 10 yrs and older are encouraged to try it out.
In Japan, there’s a term; ‘Forest Bathing’ to reflect the positive benefits that the forest green and its oxygen production has on health. These trees are working 24/7 for us. Once you discover this awesome new trail route then make it a part of your regular outdoor recreation.
Come out Saturday, October 26th, 2013 meeting at 10:30am along the B & K Rd off Hwy 101. At the power lines pull over to the right. Bring lunch, water and/or hot beverages.
Elphinstone Community Health Trail
Directions, Distances and Kilometer Markings
1) from Hwy 101 follow the B&K Rd. up to the Power lines – .8 km
2) from the Power lines follow the B&K Rd. up to the Flume FSR Rd – 8546 branch turnoff – + 1.3 km
3) Turn Left on to the Flume FSR (Forest Service Rd) – 8546 branch
4) To the East Trail head – Follow the main FSR for 1.4km
5) To the Mid point Trail Head – drive + 2.2 km (park and follow ‘lowertube’ bike trail approx. 50 meters below road)
6) To West Trail head – drive + 2.2 km (pull out & park at Roberts Flume Branch 2 and follow trail below road – do not take ATV road/trail)
The Elphinstone Community Health Trail, from East to West Trail heads, is approx. 4.4 km long. The Trail winds over creeks and emerging old growth forest below the Flume FSR Rd – 8546 branch. It should take a healthy hiker 3 1/2 hours to hike the trail – bring water, snacks, the appropriate footwear and dress accordingly.
The trail can be accessed and walked at either of the East, Mid point or West Trail Heads.
The Elphinstone Community Health Trail is on traditional shishalh lands