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(jhaura) - F

Locale: Trail
Victoria Island, British Columbia Canada on 04/08/2014 11:07:24 MDT Print View

I've got a business trip next week to Victoria, BC and will have time for an overnighter. A non-backpacker friend can shuttle me.

I've never been and I am a bit swamped with work, so I'm hoping to tap into the BPL hive mind for a suggested route!

Since it's new territory for me and I'll most likely be solo, let's keep the mileage lower between say 12-15 per day. Day 2 can be a full day for an out and back, but I prefer loops.

Here's a Goo map of the region.,-124.5818681,8z

Maybe I'll get a chance to tag the PCT terminus before hoping the plane back...

Thx in Advance!


Edited by jhaura on 04/08/2014 11:09:59 MDT.

Bob .
(BCBob) - M

Locale: Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island, Victoria area hikes on 04/08/2014 15:22:40 MDT Print View

One decent option for an overnighter within a reasonable driving distance of Victoria is the Juan de Fuca trail. You won't be able to do a loop but you could get dropped off at the start (China Beach) and get picked up further down the trail. Other access points: Sombrio Beach, Parkinson Creek, Botanical Beach. China Beach is a bit under 2 hours drive from Victoria. Or start further up the trail and hike back.

If you decide on just a day hike, East Sooke Park is a good option. About an hour and 15 minute drive from Victoria. Nice trail all along the ocean. Pretty much takes (me) a day to go end to end. Interior trail to Babbington Hill is worth the view as well. East Sooke Park would be my first pick for a day hike. Not too far but feels fairly remote. Overnights not allowed.

I haven't checked in quite a while (so don't quote me!) but don't count on cell service in either park (though you may be able to connect to the US).

Other part-day options are Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and Mt Finlayson in Goldstream Provincial Park. Both are about 45 minutes from Victoria.

Edited by BCBob on 04/08/2014 15:30:00 MDT.

(jhaura) - F

Locale: Trail
Re: Victoria Island, British Columbia Canada on 04/09/2014 09:43:42 MDT Print View

@BCBob, thank you for the great information! I will definitely look into those routes. It looks like a beautiful area with plenty of what I like most: mountains and oceans.