Salmon & White River Section

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, but 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 initially 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 – now 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’s Trail passes by a series of wetlands in  the Salmon-White divide to link up with a trail around John Fraser Lake directly across John Fraser Main.  The John Fraser Trail goes around the north side of the lake and continues past a small falls on the outlet creek before climbing up to John Fraser Main which you then 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 the recently re-built (Spring 2021) bridge over the White River.  ( A side trail about 350 m past  the bridge over Consort Creek drops down to a terrace flanking Consort Creek as far as its impressively turbulent confluence with the White River.  This trail formerly led to a ford over the White River since wading the river was necessary before the White River bridge was re-built) .

The White River Trail now starts behind a campsite immediately across the bridge (left/upstream side) and it extends for  about 10 km upstream along the White River to the vicinity of Kokummi Creek.  This trail passes through mostly old-growth forest alongside the beautiful, clear White River and affords great views of Victoria and Warden Peaks.  The route then follows up the Kokummi tributary valley via the Kokummi Main logging road, with several impressive peaks including Watchtower often in view.  From the end of the road, a single-track trail leads into and through Kokummi Pass (about 950 m elevation at the divide) into the watershed of Upper Schoen Creek.  The last 100 metres of the trail is through the slash of a recent (2017) cutblock, dropping down onto a logging road that leads down the Schoen Creek valley to Schoen Lake.

Here are some GPS files in gpx format: 

For this entire section of trail (Updated August 2021):  Download

For White River Trail (does not show on map above?)