Avatar Grove
Avatar Grove
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Tirwin
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
The road leading to the trail was very treacherous and full of potholes. The sign for the trail was small and we passed right by without realizing, but no one else had arrived yet so no parked cars to indicate the trail location.

The upper and lower trails were difficult and hard to follow. There were some broken steps and the trails were not marked well...but the scenery was worth every second!
Written September 21, 2021
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HPol P
Toronto, Canada211 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Couple of guys had a roadblock just past the Tee intersection, said the Avatar Grive was closed as two bridges were washed out on Pacific Marine Road. Thanked them and turned around but looked dubious.
Written August 28, 2021
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Jane123456789
Vancouver126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Definitely worth the walk (and we had to walk in 2.5 km because of the blockade)! My kids loved the gnarly tree :)
Written August 26, 2021
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ChinS988
Vancouver, Canada52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We visited this place in early August. From Port Renfrew, you can easily get there with any vehicle. There is a stretch of gravel road with pot holes but you do not need any special 4 wheel drive vehicles (although vehicles with low clearing may be a bit more challenge but if you take it slow it is no problem). Before heading over there, I read reviews and was concerned that ordinary cars may have trouble getting there but having visited there I can say that unless you have a vehicle with very low clearing, you should be fine. We visited the upper grove first (one way up and down) and then hiked the lower grove (a loop trail). It was a nice hike, quiet and cool.
You will need to pass a RCMP check point en route (as of August 2021). Give yourself 2-3 hours including driving from Port Renfrew (in a good weather day)
Written August 7, 2021
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Ronald G
Surrey, Canada32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We made the round trip from Victoria, to Port Renfrew, Lake Cowichan, Duncan and back to Victoria. I had hoped to see the Avatar Grove however we missed the turn-off but it didn't matter as I later found out the road is closed because of the protesters. So, if this is your destination, check it out ahead of time to make sure it is available to see. Also, where to turn off of the main road.
Otherwise, we had a great trip. The weather was beautiful and the above route road is good. From Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan it is paved, but narrow. Slow down and be careful when meeting someone.
Written August 5, 2021
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Ken M
Victoria BC62 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
June 28th: You can't get there because its in the Fairy Creek forest protest zone and about six km in, there is security blocking the road to cars and searching back packs for people who want to walk the last stretch.. I was there a couple years ago and loved it. The uphill side has quite a bit of climbing and the downhill side has lots of boardwalks and was more fun.
Written June 30, 2021
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Kathryn B
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The road to get to Avatar Grove is by no means great so be prepared with a 4X4 (no low sports cars allowed!) but it was worth the drive.
We started off with the upper grove which is where Canada's Gnarliest Tree is and it is well worth the short walk. The lower grove was a bit less impressive and some of the walkways were in need of repair...so bring good boots.
We then hiked up to Big Lonely Doug (the map said 15 minutes away but it's much longer if you are walking!). Well worth the hike/drive. Your heart just goes out to this big majestic tree all by himself.
Written September 28, 2020
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fisher_eye_lens
Campbell River, Canada617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
wonderful to be there, mostly by ourselves and the steller jays. Upper grove seems busier. Very nice there in the big trees. We did get a little mixed up on the loop turnaround as it looked like there was a fork to the river, but that was a no-go.
Written September 24, 2020
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Jim M
Nanaimo, Canada23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Hike both the upper and lower grove. If you have a pick up truck, continue the drive out to see Eden waterfall, Lonely Doug and the Ugly Sister.
Written September 23, 2020
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tony l
Vancouver, Canada4,749 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The road to the park is very rugged ,bumpy ,potholes .potholes every where , keep your speed down ,it is worth every potholes ,sure what is big deal about the trees ,just amazing so tall and big ! not just one tree ,it is the whole frost , magnificent,so quiet ,just feel like you are in The Lord Of The Ring movie ! some area of the trail also rugged , best go when it is sunny day , enjoy both upper and lower trail ,it is fun about one hour . no wonder they call Port Renfrew " The Tall Capital of Canada "
Written August 31, 2020
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