You can go down to the bottom of the trestle and adventure around the river or you can follow the flat trail for hours if you're feeling up to it. The majority of the gravel trail is wide and flat with some sections running along the roadways. The railway was abandoned in 1979 and the bridge fell into disrepair. At 614 feet in length and standing 145 feet above the salmon bearing Koksilah River. The trestle is located near Shawinigan Lake, just off of Glen Eagle Road. In 2007 a community group began to petition the government to revive the trestle, and in 2010 the restoration began. I would recommend this trail for running or walking! The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. The trestle is 144 feet high and 617 feet long but it is the seven-degree curve that truly makes it unusual. Great little walk suitable for all ages. Enjoy! The Cowichan Valley Trail is a 108 km (67.4 mile) trail with lots of access points. Wow! It is the largest and one of the tallest free-standing timber trestle structures in the world. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. Make sure you have good boots/shoes because there's some real ankle twisters in here. It is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. Part of the larger network of … Kinsol Trestle Trail Recreation Site is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cowichan Valley Regional, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. Length 2.1 miElevation gain 334 ftRoute type Out & back We drove there, parked, and walked the distance to the trestle. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Kinsol Trestle Although Cowichan has always been ideally suited for growing timber, its rugged topography has made hauling logs particularly difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and by far the largest and most spectacular. The parking lot is an easy one kilometre walk from the trestle. By the time we were done … Fun. The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and by far the largest and most spectacular. Super easy to find! Its restoration is a testament to what people can do when they are determined to save a piece of their history. The Cowichan Valley section runs from the Capital Regional District boundary at the top of the Fortunately there is a Cowichan Valley Trail trailhead about a mile away from the Kinsol Trestle. It can be as long or as short as you want, it's fantastic for children and the elderly since its flat but also beautiful and fascinating to see the trestle. Our children loved it. Good connections to additional hikes and walks, leave for hours of outdoor exploration. Also a few areas to look out on the trestle, a little pavilion to rest/eat and a few little trails that take you down at the bottom of the trestle. The Kinsol Trestle. By the summer of 2011 the trestle was open to the public as part of the Cowichan Valley Trail. Observation decks and trails down to the riverside. I was quite amazed by the old bridge and the beautiful river under it! I took pictures from both ends and both sides, then we hiked down to the river. Nice easy wide well marked and maintained trail. It is a gravel trail so a road bike is not recommended. Easy to get to, parking lot was full so had to park on the road. Great biking trail for the whole family. Gorgeous views, worth seeing at least once. Kinsol Trestle and Kinsol Bypass Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cowichan Valley Regional, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. As the name suggests, this trail crosses Cowichan Valley, in the center-east of Vancouver Island. I haven’t yet been from one end to the other but it is on my To Do list for sure. 1st Lake to Lake half marathon. Great walk! Well worth the trip and fun to take the trails closer to the river as well to adventure and feel like a mountain goat! After admiring the huge Douglas Fir beams, we headed back up to the top and then to the truck. We drove there, parked, and walked the distance to the trestle. Highly recommend particularly for novice riders. I took the log trail and it was VERY rocky and lots of exposed roots. Neat trail, all gravel path but too many people. Great trail! Fine in summer but might be hard to traverse in other seasons when rain occurs often. Tom and I walked over the bridge, admiring the curve from the side. A good area to cycle or walk/hike and the people you meet along the way are very friendly. We saw pictures of the trestle when doing our research on the trail and knew we wanted to see it. This hike is perfect for so many occasions. A group of determined restorationists decided to preserve the bridge. It is 614 feet in length and stands 145 feet above the Koksilah River. to restore the Kinsol Trestle for park use 2012 marked the grand reopening of the Kinsol Trestle, which is now used as part of the Cowichan Valley Trail And what a trail it is! A small gathering of people met at the Kinsol Trestle for a major funding announcement of the Island Coastal Economic Trust,under the direction of the Honourable Ida Chong. It is part of the Transcanadian trails network, so it is excellently maintained and it is possible to do it by bicycle, on horseback or on foot. Tom and I are glad we got to see it and walk over it. The Trestle itself is an impressive structure and well worth the trip. It seemed most people were choosing this option because we saw lots of walkers but only one bike rider. a nice day for a drive and a couple kms of walking...Kinsol Trestle on a nice day, few people out. There are accessible toilet facilities at the parking lot and on the north side of the Kinsol Trestle that are open year round. If you can, we’d recommend trying this trail during the week or in the evenings when the trail is a bit quieter. Segment of the Cowichan Valley Trail running between the Kinsol Trestle (near Shawnigan Lake) and Lake Cowichan. Nice easy walk and lots of trails to explore, Eagle, Buck, Squirrel, and Turtle Trails Loop, Dragonfly, Cougar, Buck, and Beaver Trails Loop, Silver Mine Road to Bonanza Bluffs Recreation Site, Legion and Old Bamberton Haul Road Loop [CLOSED], Lower Lookout via Cowichan Valley and McGee Main Loop, Cobble Hill Wolf and Quarry to Buck [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Old Bamberton Haul Road and Kingzett Lake [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Cowichan Valley Trail: Shawnigan Lake to Koksilah River, Outer Quarry Lake Loop via Old Bamberton Haul Road [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY], Cowichan Valley Trail, Shawnigan Lake to Stebbings Rd, Wolf, Cougar, Beaver, and Dragonfly Trails Loop, Cobble Hill Mountain Regional Recreation Area, Cowichan Valley Regional, British Columbia. The Kinsol Trestle (also known as Koksllah River Trestle) in Cowichan Valley was completed in 1920 and is one of the largest timber bridges in the world. Cycling and walking trails surround the bridge. In order to transport timber by rail, wooden trestles were built extensively to span the area’s massive canyons and ravines. The last train crossed here in 1979, so you don’t have to work about staring down a locomotive. This trail can also be done by bike or on horse. The trestle is beautiful! A must-see along the trail, the curved Kinsol Trestle spans 187 metres and is one of the tallest free-standing timber trestles worldwide. The Cowichan Valley Trail is a Vancouver Island gem, running from Shawnigan Lake to Ladysmith. It was a nice walk for me! Dress for the weather and be sure to bring a wind/rain jacket. They have bathrooms available at the trail head. The walk from the parking lot to the trestle is somewhat monotonous, but once you get there, the trestle itself is absolutely beautiful. I believe a new gluten free friendly bakery also opened up down the road from the hike. A north leg runs from Duncan roughly parallel to Hwy18 up to Cowichan Lake, then loops back towards the east coast a little south, roughly following the Cowichan River Valley. Kinsol Trestle Trail Recreation Site is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cowichan Valley Regional, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The Cowichan Valley Trail to Kinsol Trestle is a rather popular bike ride, especially for families. Macomber Loom: Making Space for the Big One, February - April - Fort Frederica National Monument, St. Simons Island, Georgia, Life is uncertain and it is hard to make plans right now. The official "Save the Historic Kinsol Trestle Campaign" came through with the support of the Cowichan Foundation and the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). Today this beautiful bridge is a part of the Cowichan Valley Trail because of their dedication. The Cowichan River is one of the South Island’s signature rivers. To get e-mail updates, please enter your e-mail address below. Cowichan Valley trail: Kinsol Trestle is Magnificient - See 46 traveler reviews, 41 candid photos, and great deals for Lake Cowichan, Canada, at Tripadvisor. Cowichan Valley Trail (CVT) is the local name for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT), and this ride takes you through the finest extended stretch of the Trail on Vancouver Island. Old railway line in the cowichan valley Near Victoria. The Kinsol Trestle is a highlight of the Cowichan Valley Trail, which travels from Shawnigan Lake to Lake Cowichan and then onward to Duncan. Incredible trail suitable for any experience level. Maybe next time we will be up to riding more of the trail. Went in the spring but it's even more beautiful in the summer! It seemed most people were choosing this option because we saw lots of walkers but only one bike rider. Well maintained trails and lots of history to explore at the Kinsol Trestle and Cowichan Valley area. I've set up the route to start heading south from Duncan along the Cowichan Valley Trail to Kinsol Trestle, then onwards south to Sooke. The name comes from the short-lived but grandly named King Solomon Mine, located close to the trestle. The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. Always great to support local after a lovely little jaunt! All the way is marked with information poles and panels. ... We recommend booking Kinsol Trestle tours ahead of time to secure your spot. Pleasant hike across the wooden bridge overlooking the river valley. perfect weather, easy trail gradient, nicely treed whole way. The trail is shared with hikers and bikers and you may even pass a horse or two! I got there early and had the whole place to myself. The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and by far the largest and most spectacular. The Kinsol Trestle near Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, one of the tallest and longest such structures in the world, joins three companion spans on the Cowichan Valley Trail, a recreational route that runs through the warmest year-round temperate zone in Canada, with a growing roster of local wineries to prove it. Although Tom and I did not ride the tandem on Tuesday after our long ride last Monday, we did have one more spot to visit on the Cowichan Valley Trail:  the Kinsol Trestle. Gave it a 5 for my highlite completion under 3 hours. Nice groomed and maintained path. There's some hilly riding, particularly on the new Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail, getting you around the busy highway 'Malahat' stretch. Very cool spot. This section of the trail has some excellent river access points. Observation decks and trails down to the riverside. 1, take exit to Shawnigan Lake Village, then continue on Renfrew Road 10km (6 miles), then turn right onto Glen Eagles Road, then right onto Shelby Road where you will find a parking lot. Great view and an amazing trestle! The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail, part of the Trans-Canada Trail. It’s also one of the tallest free-standing, timber rail trestles in the world. The bridge is a true marvel. C lick here to see more in a July 11, 2017 blog post on this new Trail. The Cowichan Valley section runs from the Capital Regional District boundary at the top of the Malahat, north to Shawnigan Lake and the Kinsol Trestle, west to the Town of Lake Cowichan then north to the Nanaimo Regional District. But from the parking lot closest to the Kinsol Trestle, it’s an easy 1 km (0.6 mile) walk to the bridge. Of eight trestles along the trail is primarily used for hiking and walking rail grade provincial... 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