One of the more popular day-use hiking trails created in the Naikoon Provincial Park on Graham Island. The Queen Charlotte hiking trail is a moderately easy hike that covers 5 km return and should take 2 hours one way to complete based on fitness levels and tides. Return trip should take 4 -6 hours.
The shipwreck trailhead starts at the Tlell River Picnic Park. Traveling north on Hwy 16 from Skidegate the park is located on your right just after the Tlell River Bridge. The parking lot area has an interpretive board outlining the hike and Naikoon Park with some picnic tables and pit toilets off in the distance.
The Pesuta Shipwreck Trail winds itself through coastline forest, dense salal and thick bush while following the Tlell River all the way to the ocean and East Beach. and the Pesuta shipwreck. The Pesuta Trailhead in the Tlell River Park is marked by the East Beach Trailhead sign.
The shipwreck trail is part of the longer 89 kilometre East Beach Wilderness Hiking Trail. The shipwreck on East Beach is all that is left of the 264 log barge which was sent crashing ashore during a winter storm in 1928.
Again, good rain gear, warm head gear and boots should be a big part of your hiking gear. Plan for tides if planning to walk the beach. Always check the weather as it can change fast on the Haida Gwaii Islands. Enjoy! Eh, and bring a camera.