NTS Map:92B6. The 60-hectare Mill Hill Regional Park offers two winding trails that lead to the summit of Mill Hill.
Two well marked trails lead from the parking lot to the summit; the 800 metre Auburn Trail, and the 1200 metre Calypso Trail. Both trails wind through firs, Gary oaks, and Arbutus trees as they steadily head up from the parking lot elevation of 80 metres. The trails have steep sections with a loose rock/gravel base that can be quite slippery, making this trail difficult for young children.
Reaching the 210 metre summit, a rock cairn has been placed on the foundations of an old Forestry Service lookout tower. From this vantage point, the 360-degree view includes Mount Baker, the Olympics, the Highlands, Victoria, and the Esquimalt Naval Dockyard.
The Auburn and Calypso Trails meet shortly before the final push to the summit; after soaking in the views you can loop back to the parking lot on either trail or follow the Calypso Trail as it heads down the north side of Mill Hill and continues on to Thetis Lake Reginal Park. Back at the parking lot, a short connecter trail heads to the west and will take you to the CRD Parks headquarters, where you can pick up free map brochures for CRD parks.
An orthophoto of Mill Hill Park, calibrated for Oziexplorer, is available at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/islandgps/
Take the Colwood exit from the Trans-Canada Highway. Turn right onto Six Mile Road, and then left onto Atkins Avenue. Follow Atkins Avenue to the park entrance. Or take the Thetis Lake exit from the Trans-Canada Highway. Turn right onto Six Mile Road, and then right again on Atkins Avenue.
Parking lot UTM 10 U 0464410E 5366652N 80 Metres elevation
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Posted By: Wesley
- Mon Jul 12 18:34:07 UTC 2004
UpsideThis trail really isn't a hard trail, having coming up the north side and down the south side, looping it using the Galloping Goose Trail. DownsideThis is a short trail, and you can be up and down within the hour. CommentIf you have a beginner-hiker friend, this might be a rewarding hike for them, as you reach the top fast and it has a great view.