Schoen Section

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The Schoen section of the Vancouver Island Trail starts in Kokummi Pass.  From the height of land, the Kokummi Pass Trail heads northwest to hook up with logging roads in the Upper Schoen Creek valley.   The combination of 900-1000 metre elevation in the pass and avalanche tracks restrict winter travel through here, usually until mid or late May.  The route follows logging roads down the valley to near Schoen Lake where an old trail (some reported windfall needs to be cut out – fall, 2017) between the road and the lake leads to the Schoen Lake campsite in Schoen Lake Provincial Park – an excellent spot for an overnight stop.  Getting across the Davie River as it flows out of Schoen Lake requires caution – in the summer, crossing over a grounded log jam is easy enough, but at higher lake levels following snowmelt (earlier in June) or from late fall over winter (not the usual hiking season) the log jam will be floating and potentially dangerous to cross.  At lower flows, the river can be waded a short distance downstream.  VITA hopes to eventually build a bridge in this vicinity.

From the campsite, the route heads west down Davie Road as far as the Park boundary at Abel Creek.  From Abel Creek down-valley to Croman Lake, trails along the Davie River (East and West Davie) have been roughed-in (more clearing and trail marking needed).

The west Davie Trail intersects the Davie Road near its beginning.  From here, the route follows the recently re-built 3 km of Hoomak Lake Main (with recent logging adjacent) and then directly onto an old, grown-in, logging railway grade to and alongside Hoomak Lake – passing just below the Hoomak rest-stop on the Island Highway.  The old grade leads directly onto a recently active logging road  – follow it for about 900 m (passing one road on your left/south) – then go left, again on the old rail grade to and past the former Woss Reload site and on westwards into Woss.  Brushing is needed to open up some of this old grade but hikers report it’s easy enough to push through, and the collapsing trestle over Lukwa Creek is also easily navigated.

Updated August 2021

Here’s a GPS track in gpx format: 

For Kokummi Pass to Woss – updated August 2021: Download