Images above: Views of Alberni Inlet Trail section 1
Alberni Regional District - Stage 1 trail brochure
Make sure to study the excellent trail maps! (Example below.)
The Alberni Inlet Trail is considered one of the most scenic hikes in the Alberni Valley. Stage 1 trail-head starts on Ships Point Road, at the southern edge of Port Alberni. Stage 1 is a mostly single-track trail that extends southwards, initially inland, and thence along the Inlet to China Creek. A campsite is available in China Creek Park at the mouth of the creek.
Most of this trail travels through working forest, with only three very short sections of logging road. It really is point-to-point, single track heaven. This Stage has more elevation change than Stage 2, but the views are always worth the climb.
Below are some views you are likely to find.