This past weekend we had our first of many visitors for summer. People warned me if we had a second bedroom it would never be empty and they were right! But I love it! It definitely makes it easier moving away from your hometown and a good excuse to really explore the new town you live in. We were lucky to have great weather for this hike Dave had been wanting to go on for some time so after a breakfast full of waffles we ventured out to find the path to Radar Beach.
This hike is not marked, as it isn't an official trail in the National Park. However, it is a trail that should not be missed if you're visiting the Tofino/Ucluelet area. Park at the Radar Hill parking lot and look for a clearing in the bush and a warning sign on a tree stating that the trail isn't part of the park and to be cautious. To be honest it sounded a lot more intense than it actually was. The climb down is a little bit harder since your'e maneuvering over and under trees and roots, however, as long as you keep your head down and you're wearing proper shoes it isn't too bad. I definitely suggest wearing hiking boots of some sort because when you come to the flatter part of the hike it is very muddy and there are a couple creeks you have to climb over/through. There are buoys along the way to mark the trail so don't worry about getting lost. Once you've finished the climb down, you come out to a beautiful beach.
Once we got to the beach we enjoyed climbing over the rocks and exploring the tide pools. We had the intention of going swimming, but that didn't happen in the end. We had a nice little snack on the beach before we headed back up. The climb back was a little bit more gruelling since you're going uphill and it was quite warm that day. There are ropes along the way to help you get over some of the harder spots, which were useful at times. All and all the hike wasn't too hard, it was a lot of fun and definitely worth it for the beautiful beach at the end. Of course there is a chance of encountering wildlife while hiking the trail so be prepared and cautious. Definitely give it a try next time you're in Tofino or Ucluelet, as it has both elements, the hike through the forest and stroll on the beach.