Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.
Day 5 – June 13, 2021
Culite to Km 65
Wow. What a fantastic campsite.
Protected from the rain by the cliff, I had my own personal kitchen.
Here’s the impassable headland at Cullite.
Therefore everyone heads up the the ladders. Those at Cullite highest of all.
Top of the stairs is a quagmire of mud and trippy roots.
But the inland trail can be beautiful.
Wild and weird mushrooms.
One of the most interesting creatures is the Banana slug.
If you could eat them, you’d never starve. And they have been eaten by humans — but are not appetizing. Remove the slime first.
DAMN. I slipped in a mud pit — face first — badly bruising my thigh on a hidden root.
The leg seemed to work … but was painful. I limped on with the logic of walking it off.
I can’t go on, I’ll go on.
Our plan had been to camp on the beach Km 65 . Cross Owen Point at low tide next morning. And out to Port Renfrew.
Km 65 is only 8km from Cullite — but the short day sounded good since I was now injured and moving slowly.
Unfortunately there was no place to set up a tent near Km 65.
I decided to camp right on the trail. A good spot, actually.
I was able to secure my food because I’d carried it in an Ursack.
Went to be early hoping the leg wouldn’t hematoma.