Secret Cove Trail
This trail features second growth forest and lush undergrowth. It is approximately 30 minutes return (without relaxing on the calming beach)
This hike is also listed on the Guide to Recreation sites and trails of Haida Gwaii
The trail head is located approximately 45 minutes out of town (25kms on unpaved logging roads), on the way to Gray Bay.
About a kilometer before getting to Gray Bay, there is a road on the left hand side, taking this road will lead you to a small bridge which marks the beginning of the trail. About 100m after walking across the bridge, take the first trail on your right.
The undulating trail has lush undergrowth on either side. The trail is shady due to the forest canopy, but you will also see some areas where the trees have been uprooted during the strong winter storms.
After hiking for about 15 minutes you will come to a secluded beach. There you can find some interesting driftwood, rocks and pebbles, and explore the surroundings.
There is an extension to this trail on the north side of the cove. You will have to enter the forest at the base of the rocky escarpment and a flagged trail will take you over the point and along the shore to a beach made of boulders and rocks. At low tide, it is possible to walk along the shore all the way to the entrance to Copper Bay and to Sheldon’s Bay. Allow plenty of time to return if you decide to explore these shores and watch the tides.