Location: Off the Pacific Rim Highway, just north of Long Beach
The Schooner Cove hiking trail is a wonderful trail to experience both the majesty of the forest and the wonder of the beach. The boardwalk through rainforest is an easy beginning then continues with some ups and downs. The hiking trail comes out at a wide secluded beach in Schooner Cove at the North end of Long Beach.
South to Long Beach is an easy walk. If walking with little ones or older ones, have an energetic person walk back to the lot and drive to meet you at Long Beach while you walk the short distance along the level sand to the top of Long Beach.
North along the beach at Schooner Cove takes you along a quiet beach that seems to go on forever. As always, keep in mind the time and the tides. At low tide you can explore the rocks for sealife including starfish, mussels, algae, green anemones, crab molts, bull kelp, purple shore crabs and many other creatures. Keep your eyes upward also to find eagles in the tree tops. A little ways north of Schooner Cove brings you to a setting of rocks out in the ocean that shows the beauty of the rugged West Coast.
Schooner Cove Trail starts with some gentle boardwalk. Big trees and beautiful fauna are everywhere.
Groundcover is green green green. A new tree grows from a nurse log.
The Schooner Cove Trail has its ups and downs. Trees growing out of the rich green groundcover.
Beautiful big trees are right by the trail. The trail offers many places to relax and enjoy.
The boardwalk keeps you on track. Schooner Cove Trail descends to the beach.
Looking South to Long Beach - an easy walk away. We headed North along the beach.
Low tide reveals star fish, mussels and anemones. Purples, oranges, and greens of the sea life.
A bald eagle oversees the beach. They are easily spotted by their white heads and tails.
A great place to while away the afternoon. And let the evening sun lower into the ocean.