A very nice hike that takes you through some wonderful forest. The blue route is very well marked with flagging and painted spots on trees and rocks, while the yellow route is not as visible but marked well enough. Also you can tell which trail is travelled more. The coastal (yellow) is more strenuous then the blue route. But both have scenic views. Blue then yellow is recommended. The southern turn around point using the descending pink trail comes soon after a long descent along a rocky bluff dotted with arbutus and Gary oaks.
From Victoria you take TransCanada Hwy passed Duncan. You turn right on Herd Road, follow that until you come to Osborne Bay Road where you turn left and you follow that for about 7 minutes and Chilco Road will be on you right. You follow that to the end where you will come to a Col De Sac. You can park along the road without obstructing driveways. There will be a yellow gate which is the trailhead into the park.
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Posted By: kostian
- Mon May 30 06:13:18 UTC 2016
UpsideBeautiful views and enjoyable terrain on both routes. The blue trail is the more travelled route and it runs higher along the mountain. Well marked and fairly gradual pitches and valleys. The yellow trail is a great exercise in scrambling. It skirts the waters edge wonderfully in places. DownsideThe yellow trail is less used and faint in places. The markers are yellow and blend easily into the background. CommentIf you do the loop do it blue first then yellow. At the far end (south) the change from yellow to blue is a really steep and unforgiving ascent for nearly a solid kilometre you don't want to do it in reverse.
Posted By: EFlanagan
- Sun Jul 05 22:18:12 UTC 2015
UpsideNice hike in the forest, easy to find trailhead. DownsideYellow trail is hard to find, as stated. We got lost for a while on something that used to be a trail but is no longer. Got oursleves back to the blue. CommentDidn't hike the whole thing - just went in for 30 minutes and then back out. I'd like to go back and do the rest of it. Nice for a hot day when you want to be in the forest but don't want to climb a mountain.