Runners Trail

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The 17-km long Runners Trail follows a historic, cross-Island, First Nations route. It is mostly a single-track trail with several sections following along old, grown-in logging roads.  It links the Tuck Lake Trail at Nadira Main near Francis Lake with the Alberni Inlet Trail near Headquarters Bay.  It includes one major bridge over Parsons Creek, and several smaller bridges.

North of Parsons Creek, the hiker can choose to take the trail (not maintained since 2019) or hike the relatively narrow, shaded Headquarters Road , a former railway grade (this now shown by the gpx track below).

The trail through the old Franklin River Logging Camp is closed in 2022 because of an active gravel pit, gravel conveyor and industrial activities related to the upgrade of the Bamfield Road (Bamfield Main).  The temporary detour route which uses a section of Carmanah Main, the current road bridge over Coleman Creek, and a section of Bamfield Main is shown in the following map:

 

Here is a GPS file in gpx format:   Download

Total distance: 21547 m
Max elevation: 247 m
Min elevation: 101 m
Total climbing: 43 m
Total descent: -61 m

 

GPX file download for the temporary Franklin Camp detour: 

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