Kludahk Trail & The San Juan Ridge
The Kludahk Trail is a public trails that runs East/West along the San Juan Ridge for approximately 48km. The trail meanders along high elevation ridges, often just at or over 1000 meters in elevation. Vegetation is unique ranging from old growth stands of red cedar, to sub alpine meadows, bogs and lakes.
For up to 6 to 7 months of the year (November to June) the trail is covered with snow. A typical winter sees 12 to 14′ of accumulated snow on the ridge by March. Some years it can be up to 25′ of snow. There is no trail visible. Backcountry skiers and snowshoers use their knowledge of the geography or GPS to know where they are.
There are huts along the length of the trail. These huts are reserved for use for the members of the Kludahk Trail Society – the awesome folks who maintain this treasure of a trail. Please be respectful to these huts, and any Kludahk members you meet along the trail.
The western end of the trail is very accessible from Port Renfrew, and offers a very nice “out and back” hike featuring some really nice stands of old growth cedar. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could do a ‘one way’ hike utilizing 2 vehicles and one of the various access points along the trail – just make sure you are adequately prepared to spend an extended period in the back-country.