Campbell River Lookout Trail

Campbell River Lookout Trail. Vancouver Island, BC
Campbell River Lookout Trail. Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

To reach the Campbell River lookout trail, take the Sayward Road out of Campbell River. Drive past Menzies Bay,  and go past the Browns Bay road, the shake mill, and Grey River Nets. Just past here, you will see a turn-off on the right with a woodlot sign. Park here.  At the end of the short road, you will find the trailhead.  The beginning of this trail is fairly easy to hike, you meander through a nice forest with pretty creeks. But then you start to head uphill.

Campbell River Lookout Trail. Vancouver Island, BC
Campbell River Lookout Trail. Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

This is where the trail begins to get tougher. Not only does it get steep, but the rocks along the trail also get bigger and harder to walk on. No matter how hard it gets, keep going. The views at the top are well worth the effort.

I walked this trail for the first time during the summer of 2019 and was rewarded with some of the biggest and sweetest blueberries that I found that summer.  There were also many patches of wild strawberries, and bushes chock-full of red huckleberries.  The eating was good that day. I love feasting on wild fruit as I wind my way up a mountain trail.

Campbell River Lookout Trail. Vancouver Island, BC
Campbell River Lookout Trail. Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

I was quite impressed with the variety of birdlife, from the small chickadees to the crows and ravens. Not only that, but I saw 2 owls and a red tail hawk that day as well.  There were squirrels jumping from tree to tree and plenty of frogs in the wet sections. The insect life was incredible and there seemed to be more butterflies than I have seen in a long time.  Although I saw no larger animals that day, there was plenty of elk and deer sign, There were some stumps ripped apart by bears in their search for food.

Campbell River Lookout Trail, photo by Bud Logan

This is a great trail with some impressive views from the top, give it a go and bring your camera.

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