Salmon & White River Section – new layout

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The Salmon-White River section of the Vancouver Island Trail includes a mix of logging roads and single-track trails in close proximity to the two rivers.  The entire section can now be hiked; eventually additional sections of road will be replaced with single-track trail.

From the Strathcona Dam (the earth-fill dam impounding Upper Campbell and Buttle Lakes), the VI Trail route follows two logging roads - the Greenstone Creek and Paterson Lake FSRs - to Menzies Main near the Salmon River.  Immediately across the Salmon River bridge (to your left on Menzies Main), a trail follows close along the Salmon River to a point where the terrain steepens ahead of a gully and a rocky canyon.  From here the route is back onto Menzies Main until upslope of the confluence of the Salmon and its major tributary, Grilse Creek.

At this point the trail drops down to and follows along Grilse Creek.  Soon after crossing over South Fork Main, the trail goes through an impressive stand of old-growth Douglas-fir and redcedar on a highly productive alluvial site - what has become known as "Grilse Grove".  At the end of this section, a short piece of Menzies Main leads to a single-log crossing over Grilse Creek.  About 800 metres past this 'bridge' is the start of Glen's Trail, named after one of our most dedicated volunteer trail builders.  Glen has now extended this trail about 10 km and is continuing to extend it (in 2019) across the Salmon-White divide to John Fraser Lake.  Until this is completed, the hiker can use Menzies Main to get to John Fraser Main at the south end of John Fraser Lake.

A trail around John Fraser Lake continues past a small falls on the outlet creek before climbing up to John Fraser Main which you follow to its junction with the JF-100 branch road.   A short distance (50 m at most) left on JF-100 will take you to a 650 m trail that heads downslope to Stewart Lake and its lakeshore campsite.  The VI Trail route then continues northwest down Stewart Main to just past (350 m) a bridge over Consort Creek.