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April 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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The West Coast Trail


STEVE RINGMAN / SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLE TIMES

Leaving a campsite on B.C.'s West Coast Trail, Alec Bialek, 18, an Eagle Scout wades with, left, and Steve Thues, of Sammamish, wade across a creek where it empties onto a beach. Said their hiking companion (and photographer) Steve Ringman: across Walbran Creek during the early morning start along the beach, on our way to Cribbs Creek. The sun was trying to break through the coastal blanket of fog."Our toes felt like little pebbles from the cold water."

STEVE RINGMAN / SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLE TIMES

Backpacker Steve Thues gingerly slides down a section of severely eroded trail, keeping an eye on the mud hole at the bottom, on the way to Walbran Creek.

STEVE RINGMAN / SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLE TIMES

The lighthouse at Carmanah Point, along the West Coast Trail, and the terrain is seen from a small plane.

STEVE RINGMAN / SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLE TIMES

A hiker collects water from Tsusiat River Falls along the trail. The waterfall tumbles 30 feet down to the beach; many hikers like to camp nearby.

STEVE RINGMAN / SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLE TIMES

A difficult (and optional) beach route along part of the West Coast Trail takes hikers through extraordinary rock formations at Owen Point.

STEVE RINGMAN / SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLE TIMES

A hiker rides in a miniature cable car across Walbran Creek on the West Coast Trail. "It's one of several river crossings aided by the cable cars, which are lots of fun to use," said hiker/photographer Steve Ringman.

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