Old Growth Alley Trail
This is a very beautiful hike in the Tlell watershed, where trees grow big. The trail is close to the Anvil trail, and has been put together by the same group of people known as the "Tlell watershed society".
No major hills, but some wet and boggy areas, potentially some stream crossings, and a lot of blowdown are to be expected. This is starting to be a very difficult trail, as it is lacking maintenance, and for the hiker wanting to tackle that trail at the moment, please note that you would require some navigational skills and it is definitely more for the adventure-seeker. It is even best to do this trail with someone who has done it before. Alternatively, some gps maps (most notably the Backroad Mapbook one), can help finding the trail and keeping to the track.
An old sign for the old growth alley trail - Eh Canada
The hike is also not a loop and you will exit the trail a good 3km away from where you started. You can hike back along highway 16.
The easiest entry point starts close to the Tlell Fire Hall.
At no time are you supposed to cross the Tlell river, which means you have to stay on the "ocean" side of the river.
Finding the trail back towards the road can be a challenge. It is also possible to do the hike the other way around, though it is hard to give a trailhead description from the other end, and there is no formal parking space close to the other entrance to the trail.
Though distances are not huge, it is best to plan at least a half day to complete the hike.
This trail is described in more details in a blog entry along with more pictures of the trail.