Pesuta Shipwreck Trail
Pesuta Shipwreck Trail
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Eileen G
Paoli, PA182 aportes
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jul de 2023 • Familia
We hiked the trail round trip from the trail head to the shipwreck and back. It was a nice day, not too hot. The beginning of the trail goes through a magical moss-covered forest, then opens up along the river until you come to the shipwreck on the beach. The wreck is cool to see but my favorite part of the hike was the quiet and beauty of the forest.
Escrita el 21 de agosto de 2023
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K W
42 aportes
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ago de 2022
I didn't hike the full 6km out to the Pesuta, but did the forest section + walked along the Tlell for a while, so probably 2.5km one-way. The forest section is lovely and well maintained. It is clearly marked and has small boardwalks in potentially muddy areas.

Hiking along the banks of the Tlell River was lovely. Caught glimpses of the large sand dunes and stopped at some abandoned cabins. Looked like a good place to have a lunch!

Encountered lots of people as I hiked out, but not a soul on the way back!

Definitely a must do for anyone visiting Haida Gwaii!
Escrita el 20 de noviembre de 2022
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Roberta C
Terrace, Canadá12 aportes
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jul de 2022 • Familia
This hike was longer than expected but the views were great and it was so peaceful! Plan for your hike to be closer to 13 or 14 km round trip.
Escrita el 16 de julio de 2022
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watermaa
Delta, Canadá33 aportes
5,0 de 5 burbujas
jul de 2022
From the parking lot to the shipwreck is a soul-recharging 6k walk (each way) through a well-groomed forest trail for the first half which opens onto the river and sea shores for the remainder. The shipwreck itself is mesmerizing as you first see it sticking out of the sand on the horizon. The timbers, hand-pounded nails and other hardware are a sight. Note, this hike would be challenging for someone with mobility issues. The forest trail includes inclines and tree root trip hazards.
Escrita el 12 de julio de 2022
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canadá14.456 aportes
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jun de 2021
When traveling to Haida Gwaii, one will inevitably come across images of the Pesuta Shipwreck: It’s featured in tourist publications, there are beautiful pictures of it on BC Ferries, and countless bloggers have written about it online. In brief, it’s become a symbol of the Islands similar to Balance Rock or the fallen Golden Spruce. Because of that, tourists seek it out and ensure it is part of an itinerary.

What is it about the Pesuta that draws so many? The story/context isn’t all that exciting. Basically, the Pezuta was built as a wood-hulled steam freighter during the First World War and, after the war, she was sent to Seattle for “liquidation.” In 1927, the Pezuta was converted into a 264-foot log barge capable of carrying an impressive 800,000 feet of logs. In December of 1928, the tugboat towing Pezuta struggled against a particularly strong tempest in Hecate Strait; the big barge broke free and ran aground on East Beach, near the mouth of the Tlell River. After nearly 100 years, just the bow remains jutting out from the sand; however, what’s left is extremely photogenic and eye-catching on a number of levels.

By the way, did you notice what I did there? Pezuta vs. Pesuta? At some point after the ship had run aground, the name got misspelled to “Pesuta” and that’s what ended up sticking. History can be funny at times!

The Pesuta Shipwreck Trail is probably the third-most popular hiking trail on Haida Gwaii, only behind Tow Hill and the Blowhole. At 6 km one-way (the posted signage at the trailhead says 5 km, but this is wrong), I’d suggest making this hike a nice day trip so as to truly enjoy the forest, beach and remnants of Pesuta. When we hiked the route, it took about 2 hours and 45 minutes, one-way – and that was moving at a fairly leisurely pace. I’d rate the trail as “easy” and good for all skill levels because the route is mostly flat, with very little elevation gain.

To access the Pesuta Shipwreck Trail, simply visit the Tlell River Day Use area immediately adjacent to the Tlell River Bridge. Here, you’ll see a few picnic tables, pit toilet, and signage indicating the trail route. I should also note that this site represents the start of the multi-day East Beach Trail hiking adventure. One day, when the Pesuta has completely gone back to nature, the “Pesuta Shipwreck Trail” will cease and only the East Beach Trail will remain.

Anyway, the hike out to Pesuta is pretty straightforward. After passing the pit toilet, the trail splits in two – one path leads down to the river while the other heads up into the forest. I know some have suggested taking the “tree portion” one-way and the “beach/river trail back,” but this is not advised because the riverbank near the Day Use area is mostly slippery silt for at least 1.5 km. It’s not fun to walk on, trust me!

Instead, follow the East Beach Trail signage (forest). The first 2 kilometers take you through beautiful old growth forest of Sitka Spruce, Cedar and lush, green moss. This portion of the trail is well marked and easy to navigate. For most of it, you walk along a ridge high above the Tlell River before briefly moving inland to cross Geikie creek. I’d only advise using a bit of caution when walking along the ridge because the many tree roots do have the potential to trip you up! After clearing the forest, you spend the remaining 4 kilometers walking alongside the Tlell River until it empties into the Pacific Ocean. From here, the Pesuta is visible in the distance, just a few hundred meters further up East Beach. On a clear day, this portion of the hike can be quite beautiful, especially as you walk past the massive sand dunes. At the same time, it’s surprisingly hard on the feet!

Once you reach the Pesuta, it’s not uncommon to spend a fair amount of time here. We visited the wreck for a good hour, examining it and taking photos before making our way back to the trailhead (we lacked the stamina to walk the remaining 80+km up East Beach!). There’s just something ghostly or haunting about the wreck: It’s sat here for nearly a century, getting beaten by waves and wind, and yet it’s still here – for now.
Escrita el 25 de julio de 2021
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