NTS Map:92B5. This is a 4.3km(ONE WAY)trail that follows old logging trails for the most part to one of the last fire towers of its kind (built in 1951) on Vancouver Island. Being a fire tower, one can expect to see great distances on a clear day. The fire tower is accessible to the public; however, people are requested to pack out their garbage.
The parking lot is open from 8 am to 6 pm and the Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt Regional Park Reserve is open Sunrise to Sunset.
The trail is all uphill (4.3 km) and most of it is not shown on the current issues of 1:50 000 92B/5 Sooke Topographic Map. The GPS trail included with this Trail has been tested and is accurate.
From the parking lot, Follow the Sooke Mountain Park Road Northerly to 10 U 450313 5361887 where you bear to the right and continue following the main trail. During this leg, the trail has a moderate incline and is a wide gravel road.
Proceed to 10 U 450112 5362264 where you bear NE. The trail will start to narrow and become rough with washouts and loose stones.
At 10 U 450262 5362514 the bridge is washed out but there are a couple of sturdy logs to cross the small ravine. This part of the trail is in the trees and shaded. From this point the direction is Easterly. Until you reach a second wash at 10 U 450633 5362535 with a short bay pass to the right side of the trail. The trail begins to get quite steep and narrows at this point. It is still heavily treed. Continue on this trail to an intersection at 10 U 451223 5362653.
At this point you will see the beginning of a foot path on your left. Leave the main trail and follow the foot path northerly to the Fire Tower. This trail is very steep but no climbing tools are needed other than a good walking stick. Through the final 700 m to the summit there are small clearings from time to time but approximately each 100 m you will re-enter a treed area which will provide well deserved shady rest areas. The path is easily followed. Ribbons and stacked stones help guide the way..
I should note that there is little water in the summer months and is very dry but in the rainy season or after a heavy rain, the trail will carry running water and be quite slippery with several boggy areas.
Hwy 14 towards Sooke. In Saseenos turn North on Harbour View and follow to end.
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Posted By: EdgarButler
- Mon Apr 24 00:51:12 UTC 2017
UpsideThis trail has wonderful views, and recently the CRD has introduced new navigation resources throughout the park. DownsideThe trail largely follows old logging roads, and as such, it's fairly boring until the final 25%. CommentThere are more routes to the summit than this posting shows. These alternative routes are now posted at the trail-head map and marked with signposts.
Posted By: egarfink
- Sun Nov 09 00:44:47 UTC 2014
CommentExcellent hike. Really not too difficult. The confusing part for us was finding the trailhead without a GPS. Once you get to the trailhead, the route is fairly well marked and straightforward. The view is absolutely stunning.
Posted By: livforlife
- Thu Nov 18 21:23:20 UTC 2010
QuestionI used to hike up here alot when I was younger, but we always came in from the backside (Camp Thunderbird). I want to enter through Harbour View Road and am just wondering what sort of trail markings you can describe when I need to start heading to the right and up. I know that there is a ravine, as I can see it on the map, and I remember a big field down to the left or east. There used to be a small cabin down there and someone lived in it with a bunch of dogs. I think if I hit that I have gone to far. Does the same go for the Ravine. Just looking for some visual, or I could say manual LOL tips. Hope to head out on the 22 of Nov/10. If you think of anything please forward.
LivANSWERS are in this forum: re: getting to manual quimper without a GPS
Posted By: sdecarie
- Thu Oct 07 20:59:11 UTC 2010
UpsideGreat views from the top on a fine day DownsideDifficult to find a trail in the last 400 meters, without have the downloaded track I would not have been able to find the trail, even then I missed a section on the way down and had to bushwack a couple of 100 meters to find the trail
Did not see any trail markings or signs of any kind anywhere. CommentCompleted the hike in just under 3 hours hiking time, definitely got my exercise on this one.
Posted By: Moss Troopers
- Tue Jan 12 22:46:02 UTC 2010
UpsideAnother amazing view. The old fire lookout is a neat addition to the summit. I believe this is the last one, ironically, all the others have burnt down.
Posted By: Kiwibirdman
- Sun Feb 15 01:56:24 UTC 2009
UpsideExcellent path. Clear directions. DownsideNo problems. 5/5 CommentThanks for showing me how to get up here!
Posted By: Bentforkx
- Sat Jul 01 15:49:55 UTC 2006
UpsideSpectacular views, great gps coordinates, Downsideblind spot for my gps made me miss the initial trail head off the access road, if you see a marsh/bog on your right you have passed the access point. CommentBeautiful forest hiking