About Dakota 576 Crash Site
During a strong windy day, back in 1944, Dak 576 plane missed its first landing in Port Hardy due to poor weather conditions. Unfortunately, during a second approach, the plane ran out of fuel, making them crash into scrub trees below, killing the pilot and the navigator, while the crew in the back survived.
Today it's not only a trail where you can discover the crash site, but it's also a historic site that is pet-friendly and accessible all year-round.
Dakota 576 Crash Site Trail is a 4.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
One of the best things about the trail is that it's accessible year-round. But different seasons have different aspects and challenges to the journey on the trail.
In summer you will find tight and thick bushes to fight through while in more wet seasons like fall, the trail can become really muddy, slippery and foggy with poor vision in the area. Check the forecast and follow the weather before embarking on the adventure!
Great forest setting and the premier views of Port Hardy at one point are just a couple of gems that are waiting during the hike.
Expect nature to surround you closely throughout the journey and the trail to be rougher as you get further as you will make your way up and down, with various steep sections. Just before stepping your foot near the crash site, the ropes will come to aid you on your descent during the steepest part of the trail.
In the end, this is where you will realize, that in some places, the time actually stops. You will find a memorial for the fallen, a look back in time and history, with this breathtaking heritage site.
Many come back from the hike not only having a blast, but also a humbling experience.
Park at the Bear Cove Boat Launch parking lot and walk down the road toward the ferry about 100m and the trail will be the paved road heading uphill on your right. Near the top of the paved road section, the pavement heads right, but the trail heads LEFT. From there the trail is fairly obvious. The road/gravel road section makes up about half the trail, then the trail turns right where you're looking out over Hardy Bay, then heads into the rugged North Island bush.