We took a water taxi from Port Hardy to Shushartie Bay. It's not cheap, but the only other option would be to drive up a logging road from Port Hardy, bushwhack through a small cutblock, and then cross a bear-infested estuary to get to the trailhead. We did see two black bears there.
The first part of the trail goes up a steep cutblock, and then through muddy forest, and then through bogs covered with boardwalks. Gaiters are a great thing to have along on this trip.
Flat beach walking at Skinner Creek. When it was sandy, the walking was great, but the many sections of loose boulders and gravel felt like a good slog.
The whole gang, Ian, Lisa, Martin, Adam, Keith, Richard, Agi, and Craig.
That evening we camped at Laura Creek, enjoying a spectacular sunset down by the tidal pools. We were lucky that it never rained hard in the evenings.
Check out Charlie Easton's painting of this photo!
Our fourth day was fairly mellow, as we only had to hike a short distance to Nissen Bight.
Nissen Bight marked the end of the North Coast trail, and we were now back in the more developed spots of the west end of Cape Scott provincial park.