Many try and fail each season to get a permit to hike the West Coast Trail, our #1 hike in the world.
Happily, from one of the WCT trailheads — Port Renfrew — you can start south on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. It’s very similar scenery (and climate) BUT doesn’t require a permit.
And it’s open year round, unlike the WCT which closes in winter.
Be prepared for serious rain.
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