The Anvil Trail is a 1 to 2 hour return loop trail that goes through a variety of forest types and meanders along a bend of the Tlell river that has somewhat the shape of an Anvil.
This trail is listed as trail #16 on the excellent brochure: "Trails and Recreation sites of Haida Gwaii"
The trail is a 5km loop and starts at pole #767 on Highway 16, about 2km south of Wiggins road, in Tlell, at a place locally known as "Mariners Point". There is a small parking area on the ocean side of the Highway.
The trail was established by volunteers of the Tlell Watershed society. It is still a user-maintained Trail and the trail can have some blowdown, can be overgrown etc. It goes through some very varied types of forests, from dark young forests, to established old growth forests. Interpretive signs along the trail explain the differences between those ecosystems. There is a map at the entrance to the Trail.
Some areas can be very wet and boggy and almost impassable during periods of heavy rains. Some trails branch off the main one which can make navigation challenging at times. Make sure you stay on the main trail to avoid wandering off in the forest.
It is a pretty trail, along a scenic river for a part of the hike. It can be dark and wet in the forest, be sure to bring some sturdy footwear, water and snacks as well as some raingear and warm clothes.