"Strathcona Park: Lake Helen McKenzie Trails" Top 5 Page for this destination Canada Things to Do Tip by MichaelFalk1969

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These trails in the Mount Washington / Forbidden Plateau area (part of Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island) are sometimes called the "Sawdust Trail", but this is not the official name. Anyway, all trails leading to and around Lake Helen McKenzie are well-signed, you can`t miss your way. I recommend both trails highly, they are very scenic and not too exhausting:

- Helen McKenzie-Battleship Lake Loop Trail: Length, 8 km. Suggested hiking time, 3 hours. Elevation gain: 70 m. An easy hike on well-developed trails through a mixture of sub-alpine meadows carpeted with pretty flowers and forests of yellow cedar, amabilis fir and mountain hemlock.
- Helen McKenzie to Circlet Lake: Length, 9.5 km. Suggested hiking time, 4 hours. Elevation gain: 270 m. From Lake Helen McKenzie the trail follows forested slopes over rougher terrain before rising to a rolling sub-alpine area. The Hairtrigger Lake area provides spectacular mountain views. Designated camping available at Circlet Lake.

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  • Updated Sep 15, 2008
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