Ammonite Falls the HARD WAY 😀

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.

Without checking in advance, I cycled out for my first visit to Ammonite Falls near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Most convenient for me was the Weigles Road trailhead.

January 15th was the best weather we’ve had in 2021. A perfect day.

And it’s an easy day hike.

What could go wrong?

Turned out the BENSON CREEK trail to the Falls was closed for MAJOR improvements. I had to find another way.

Later I found out that other trails to the top of the Falls were open. 😀

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related – Outdoor Vancouver – Ammonite Falls Hike

Click PLAY or watch the hike from the Jameson road trailhead on YouTube.

Nature Valley restored 10k National Park trails

For the past 3 years General Mill’s brand Nature Valley has done maintenance on as many as 10,000 miles of trails over 19 national parks in 16 states.

And the brand has renewed its commitment, pledging $3 million to work with the National Park Foundation to restore another 10,000 miles of trails, including the removal of invasive species, repairing structures and building boardwalks.

Details.

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WHY WALK?

One of the few good things about the pandemic is the number of non-hikers rediscovering the pleasures of walking.

It’s healthy, too.

Around 8,000 steps a day was linked with a 51 per cent lower risk of death from any cause compared with taking 4,000 steps.

Taking 12,000 steps a day was linked with a 65 per cent lower risk than taking 4,000 steps a day.

CBC

Nile Creek waterfalls in Winter

Nile Creek Trail is at least 10km (6mi) out and back near Qualicum on Vancouver Island.

AllTrails does not recommend it November through March as it’s very wet and muddy during winter.

Slippery too. Many rough boardwalks and log bridges.

On the other hand, water is high. The waterfalls and cascades even more impressive than in summer.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Starting from Charlton Drive, Qualicum Beach.

related – trip report of the second half – Get out and Play – Nile Creek