During World War II, a radar station was established in an isolated area of the northwest corner of Nootka Island off the coast of Vancouver Island. The radar was constructed on a small peak called Northwest Cone that pokes up over a relatively flat area of Nootka. Now the crumbling structure makes an interesting hiking destination. The trail follows the remnants of the log road created to support the station 70 years ago.
Estevan Point is just south of Nootka Island, about 30 miles away. The Japanese hurled a few shells at the Estevan Point lighthouse from a submarine. But this place, in the middle of nowhere, must have been a pretty quiet spot, except for the rain and the wind.
We were with our best friends: the families - Hansen, McPhail, Anderson, Watterson, Eustice. I think that somebody had helped clear the old trail. Now we were 17 years older, and our children were with us. As expected more deterioration of the trail, but many of the telephone poles still stand. They are helpful in finding the trail. The biggest change is that the trees around the site itself have grown more and tend to obscure the view from the top, when compared to 1989.
We did not need GPS but it might be helpful in the future as more overgrowth continues. It is an easy walk, level until the very end. There you can see the remains of the old cable trolley system that was used to pull supplies up the steep rocky knoll (visible in the 1943 aerial photographs).