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The Pesuta Shipwreck Trail will lead you along East Beach to the remains of the Pesuta, a log barge that ran aground in 1928 - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Roadside whale-watching in May is a popular activity in Skidegate - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The Rennell Sound area offers exceptional wilderness camping and short trails for accessing remote west coast beaches - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Rose Spit - where the Hecate Strait meets Dixon Entrance - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The rainforest experience - moss carpeted paths, a lingering scent of fresh cedar and the sounds of silence - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The Looking Around and Blinking House at Windy Bay was built to provide shelter for people during the 1985 blockade against logging on Lyell Island - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Step into another world as you tour ancient Haida village sites in Gwaii Haanas - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Visit the award-winning Haida Heritage Centre and Museum at Second Beach in Skidegate - Photo: Flavien Mabit

 

Sleeping Beauty Trail (Tarundl Trail)

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Overview

The Sleeping Beauty Trail, aka the Tarundl Trail is the most accessible alpine hike on island. On a clear day, it provides amazing views of Skidegate inlet, the west coast, Hecate Strait, the islands' mountain ranges and even the Canadian mainland. 

This hike is listed on the brochure "Guide to Recreation sites and Trails of Haida Gwaii". 

This hike is called locally "Sleeping Beauty", but the trail itself is called Tarundl Trail. Also, the summit (or "nose" of the Sleeping Beauty), is called Mount Raymond, but locals sometimes will say it is called Mount Genevieve. Mount Genevieve is actually another summit close by. 

This is a hard hike, along a steep trail, with some slippery sections, and the altitude gain is just under 700m (starting at 327m, and finishing at 1018m). The hike itself, however, can be done in 3 to 5 hours return. 

This hike can be combined with the Slatechuck Mountain Trail and form a loop. This is a much longer hike. 

Getting to the trailhead can be a little hard on vehicles as there are some steep sections and it is for the most part unpaved. A vehicle with high clearance is strongly advised. Please note that most rental companies, unless specifically stated otherwise, will not allow their vehicles to go on logging roads. 

It is best to enquire locally as to how to access the trailhead. Going to the Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre before doing the hike is a good idea, asking about directions, road conditions etc.

The trailhead, starting from Queen Charlotte, is about 10kms away. You would have to take the main road that goes through town, and head towards Kagan Bay. From there the road forks and starts to go up onto the flanks of Slatechuck mountain. Locally made wooden signs indicating the Sleeping beauty trail at turnoffs do make finding the trailhead relatively simple.

There are 2 parking lots, the first one is for those wanting to do the Slatechuck connector trail. The second one is for the Tarundl Trail (aka Sleeping Beauty trail). 

There is sign at the trailhead that shows the topography of the area and the different trail systems. 

The trail first goes through a very young, dense and dark forest, before climbing steadily into older stands of mainly cedar and hemlock. There is a rough picnic area with, on a clear day, fine views of Skidegate Inlet, after roughly a half hour of climbing. The trail then still goes up steadily, going through rocky parts, before opening up in the "alpine" where the vegetation changes and becomes noticeably smaller. There is a small glacial lake in the alpine area, where the trail essentially ends. Hikers can go further up to the very summit of Mount Raymond, following a fairly obvious route.

The views up there can be breathtaking. 

Always make sure you pack some warm clothes, raingear, water, snacks, sun protection etc. This is a strenuous hike, with very slippery sections, and is only advisable for experienced hikers. 

A shot of the Trailhead map 

There is a blog entry that shows more images of the hike and views of the trail in the winter. Please visit it here

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Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre

website: www.queencharlottevisitorcentre.com
email: info@qcinfo.ca | telephone: 250-559-8316

Sandspit Visitor Centre

website: www.lovehaidagwaii.com/businesses/the-sandspit-visitor-centre
email: visitsandspit@gmail.com | telephone: 250.637.5362

Port Clements Visitor Centre

website: www.portclements.ca
email: pcmuseum@qcislands.ca | telephone: 250-557-4576

Masset Visitor Centre

website: www.massetbc.com
email: info@massetbc.com | telephone: 250-626-3982

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Destination Marketing Organization
website: www.gohaidagwaii.ca
email: tourism@gohaidagwaii.ca

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