A short enjoyable hike along a well maintained earth and boardwalk path following alongside the shores of the Hiellen River. The short 15-30 minute return trek (approx. 2 km - 1.3 mi.) meanders through coastal forests - mostly above the forest floor comprised of ferns, deadfall and salal - walking along boardwalk pathways.
The walking trail leading to the Blow Hole is also the same trail leading to the Tow Hill Lookout. The trail starts out from the parking lot where there is some pit toilets and a small picnic area. Follow the wide hard-packed earth trail which turns into boardwalk trail. Soon, about half way, the trail splits. There is a sign pointing left to the top of Tow Hill and right to the coast and the Blow Hole.
The Blow Hole Hiking Trail leads to a coastline covered in lava-like rock formations, towering rock cliffs and shooting surge channels head-butting the shoreline sending mist into the air.
Further investigation will find some protected areas among the rocks with tidal pool marine life. Always be aware of tides, rouge waves and storms. Remember, the bigger the storm the bigger the waves and winds. ALWAYS be careful... very slippery.
The Blow Hole attraction is an underground catapult of water surge channels carved through the coastline rocks. The sea water in the ocean channels builds up and then spews out about 25 feet of water into the air. On the Haida Gwaii Islands the Blow Hole is refereed to as 'the gun'.
Tow Hill Road Masset, British Columbia Canada