status date description; Aug 2, 2020 @ 7:47am. There's a southern section on an old, repurposed hardpack backroad. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is a portion of this Part of Something Bigger However, the trail also acts as a connection for a much larger project: The Great Trail, which celebrates its 25th … A VITA volunteer – Alan Philip of Duncan – has compiled a series of 7 topographic maps that cover the entire Trail from Victoria to Cape Scott. A short ride north of Shawnigan Lake and you'll reach the famous Kinsol Trestle. Currently 11km and will be 17km when complete. It was a weekday, about 2 weeks after the Trail opened, and I ran into a dozen or so other cyclists, including a hardy couple heading south with fully loaded touring bikes. A mountain biking adventure in the Sooke Wilderness Park, in Victoria, BC, Canada. Make noise to avoid surprise encounters, especially around blind corners and areas with dense vegetation. Boil Water Advisory: Lyall Harbour Boot Cove Water Service (Saturna), McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, Bryant Hill - Peter Arnell Connector Trail, Mayne & Saturna Island Parks & Recreation, Temporary Trail Closure - Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail, Watch a time-lapse video of the suspension bridge construction, BizPaL Online Business Permits and Licences, Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail (forms part of The Great Trail), Peaceful forest scenes and hilltop vistas. The hilltop vistas of the surrounding mountains and Finlayson Arm are spectacular in the northern section. 23 likes. It links Langford with the Cowichan Valley and beyond. Stars: Activities: mtn-bike Seasons: spring fall summer From: wji. Coming from the south, there's a long steady upward climb near the start. Note the solid, built-up foundation. I assume they did so because they committed to doing so. Has anyone cycled the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail? Negative reaction to this plan was … It is a popular area for swimming, bird watching, fishing, camping and walking or cycling the spectacular Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail. Bring lots of water... - 30.3 km, +792 m. Bike ride in Langford, British Columbia A wooded section near the south end. Here's a good link (which I've borrowed from & paraphrased in a few spots here), to get more info on the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail . This is not a Trail for beginners or road bikes. Size: 151 hectares (373 acres) or 60 km long Location: Sooke, Metchosin, Colwood, Langford, View Royal, Saanich, Victoria Classification: park corridor Activities: cycling, hiking, horse riding, inline skating Facilities: parking, washrooms, trail Acquired: 1987 Visitation: 100,000-150,000/yr est (1993) Features: a rails-to-trails … There's an amazing new trail that extends the Vancouver Island Trans Canada Trail (TCT - aka the Great Trail) south almost all the way to Victoria. Hours: Sunrise to Sunset. The first day, over the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail with its amazing views from the Malahat, ends at a B&B halfway up the west side of Shawnigan Lake. As I continue to open my heart back up to cycling, I will accomplish it by first opening my eyes to what it has to offer. Previous Reports. In the top left (below) is a gate designed to accommodate bikes with loaded panniers (what a great idea!). You can now avoid having to ride the heavily trafficked 'Malahat' hill on the Big Island Highway. Trail is pretty good shape. Follow the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and turn left on West Shore Parkway. Sooke Hills Wilderness Park is the Capital Regional District’s largest regional park at 4100 hectares, with its neighbour Sea to Sea Regional Park being the second largest at 4000 hectares. Town: Duncan, BC. The new Sooke Hills Wilderness Park Trail runs for 13 km from Humpback Reservoir to the CVRD Boundary on trail and service roads in the CRD Watershed climbing 350 metres between the low point at Waugh Creek and the high point on Goldstream Heights. The northern section opened in 2017, and the southern section will open fall 2020. Most of the Cowichan Valley Trail to the north is relatively flat, accessible to all riders. Dogs must be kept on leash at all times to reduce the risk of encounters with large carnivores. Trail Rating: Challenging - not suitable for all ages and abilities The Galloping Goose Regional Trail serves as a fantastic start to the ride, and a quick escape from the city. OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time! In early 2019, news spread that the BC government was considering building a road through the Sooke Hills as an alternative to the Malahat highway. Follow the Cowichan Valley Trail – Malahat Connector south from the Sooke Lake Road entrance for approximately 9 km, where it joins Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail north trail head. The Capital Regional District has bought another 15 hectares of parkland for Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park. You should expect to push your bike up a few of the steeper parts. Top right - a pretty solid looking washroom along the way - it's not going anywhere. Steep little hill (north section). Established: 2017 If you're on a loaded touring bike, you should be well seasoned before tackling this ride. If you're heading to Sooke and the SW Coast, then try riding the paved Humpback Road connector west - it's hilly but a fine, forested, winding ride: outside of peak hours there's little traffic. You are sharing this natural area with large carnivores such as bears, cougars, and wolves. Being developed in phases as funding becomes … Kinsol Trestle, along the Cowichan Valley Trail, north from the Sooke Foothills Wilderness Trail. Note: The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is challenging and is not an all ages and abilities route. Garth Campbell made his Victoria cycling buddies jealous this week. The views are the reward for the effort made to reach the top! This is a shared-use trail, please watch for other users and travel at safe speeds. Critics have questioned safety along the Great Trail. Different sections of the route have Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail Total Distance: 18 km. Welcome to OpenStreetMap! The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is a 14.18-kilometre section of this incredible pathway. The route in Langford utilizes urban trails to the West Hills housing development, reaching the Humpback Reservoir, then begins its climb over the Malahat following the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail, which opened in late June 2017. Not wet but not dry, moisture in soil. The park protects the conservation values of the rugged rocky hills… Both parks are in the traditional territory of the T’Sou-ke and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) First Nations. Note: The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is challenging and is not an all ages and abilities route. Connector between Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail and Cowichan Valley Trail.This is on the shoulder of a paved road. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is now open for exploring. “The CRD is opening the new Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail as a major visitor opportunity in the vast 4,090-hectare Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park,” says CRD Board Chair Barbara Desjardins. The summit trail rises through Douglas-fir and Garry oak to grassy bolds with their spindly arbutus trees and bushy manzanita. Corner Hill Loop. There are views of Greater Victoria in the distance. Much of the 24,000-kilometre route requires walking or cycling on roads and highways. New horizons will open for hikers and bicyclists in July with the unveiling of the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail through an area that has been closed to the public for more than 15 years. Canada V8W 1R7, As of December 16, this advisory remains in effect. There is no CRD parking lot at the north trail head. add photo. 8. It's the new part of the TCT (Great Trail) that goes from Langford to Shawnigan. We started out on the Sooke Hills Wilderness trail, but at about 2 kms in, we came to a portion where the trail was … This mountain park was one of the earliest provincial parks established on southern Vancouver Island and is part of the extensive Sooke Hills greenbelt. Today’s adventure was a bit of cross country mountain biking as a family. Trans Canada Trail – connecting The Great Trail in 2017: It began as a bold dream in 1992: the idea of creating a trail that would be a gift from Canadians to Canadians. With the opening of the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail in the summer of 2017, it is now possible to hike from the Mount Wells parking area in Langford to the town of Lake Cowichan over three days — all on trails — and all without needing a car to get back to Victoria. From either direction, there are many short but very steep (up to 16 degree) hills. Please read  the FAQs, research further as appropriate, and use your judgement at all times. Most of the track is level and wide enough to comfortably pass oncoming bikes. Please respect the no public access areas within. Sooke Hills Wilderness offers views of the ocean, city, and mountains. View History. Cycling is permitted in the following regional parks: Western portion of the 10km Trail at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail (The Great Trail), within Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park On designated multi-use trails at Thetis Lake Regional Park Undesignated wilderness trails in Sea to Sea … There are no guarantees with any information provided in this website. The island highway becomes Sooke Road. Hike and ride within your limits and on sections of the trail suitable to your skill level. As of Dec 7, this advisory remains in effect. Do not leave children or pets unattended. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail within the park is part of The Great Trail route. If you're cycle touring, you'll no doubt be roping in some riding on the Cowichan Valley Trail to the north. Easier to go up east side and down west, especially if you have a dog. So, now riders can take the CVT from Duncan, up to Cowichan Lake, then SE past Shawnigan Lake to finally connect onto the Sooke Hills Trail at the Capital Regional District boundary. There's gorgeous terrain, and it was a joy not to have to contend with traffic on the big highway to make my way north. This mountain park was one of the earliest provincial parks established on southern Vancouver Island and is part of the extensive Sooke Hills greenbelt. Two parking lots provide access to Sooke Hills Wilderness and Mount Wells Regional Parks. Size: 151 hectares (373 acres) or 60 km long Location: Sooke, Metchosin, Colwood, Langford, View Royal, Saanich, Victoria Classification: park corridor Activities: cycling, hiking, horse riding, inline skating Facilities: parking, washrooms, trail Acquired: 1987 Visitation: 100,000-150,000/yr est (1993) Features: a rails-to-trails … Victoria, British Columbia Toilet Wall Loop via Summit Trail and peak trail. 40 km of the route is within the Capital Regional District. A VITA volunteer – Alan Philip of Cowichan – has recently completed (July, 2019) the compilation of a series of 7 topographic mapsthat cover the entire Trail from Victoria to Cape Scott. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail provides an opportunity to connect with nature; to experience and benefit from this natural landscape. After a bit of a mess up with our initial plan (read the Sooke Hills Trail post for details), my family (husband and nine-year-old twins) found ourselves at the access point to the Cowichan Valley Trail near the McGee Creek Trestle, deciding whether we should go north towards the iconic Kinsol Trestle or south towards Victoria. “The CRD is opening the new Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail as a major visitor opportunity in the vast 4,090-hectare Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park,” says CRD Board Chair Barbara Desjardins. New horizons will open for hikers and bicyclists in July with the unveiling of the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail through an area that has been closed to the public for more than 15 years. Best Forest Trails in Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park Reserve. If you continue north on the new 9km Malahat 1st Nation segment, you'll gradually descend to ~200m elevation. The uphill walkbpast the suspension bridge was a feat on a hot day, and I couldn’t ever see making it up on my bike. ... Mountain bike recommended, but even with a low gearing you are probably going to be walking some of the steeper ones. Read more >>, 625 Fisgard Street 734 photos. This is a shared-use trail, please watch for other users and travel at safe speeds. Cowichan Valley Trail The Cowichan Valley Trail is a spectacular multi-use trail that is an integral part of The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) route on Southern Vancouver Island. An info kiosk marks the start of the trail. The trail is challenging and not designed for all ages and abilities. The dream of being able to ride the Island from north to south on good trails is steadily inching closer, and this new trail closes a key gap. Saved from ... Cycling on the Sooke Wilderness Trail. To the south it runs along Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail, winds through the street and trails in the City of Langford, follows the Galloping Goose Regional Trail and meanders along the waterfront in the City of Victoria to Clover Point. Guided by its Board, the CRD works collaboratively to build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region. From there, it is 0.5km to the suspension bridge across the Goldstream River. The first day, over the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail … Wildlife may be in the area. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail, which opened in June of 2017, completed trail across the so-called ‘Malahat Gap’ in the Great Trail/Trans Canada Trail and Vancouver Island Trail. In places, particularly near the north, there is treacherous loose gravel topping, making climbing and descents a challenge. In the south, the Sooke HIlls Trailhead is near Humpback Reservoir just SW of Goldstream Provincial Campground. Do not approach or feed wildlife. A wilderness trail more than 20 years in the making has been completed to close the gap in The Great Trail on southern Vancouver Island. The route is clearly signed. I did this. Sports & Recreation The Cowichan Valley section runs from the Capital Regional District boundary at the top of the Malahat, north to Shawnigan Lake and the Kinsol Trestle, west to the Town … Fri Jul 17 2020. The Great Trail, the longest recreational path in the world. Cowichan River Provincial Park provides great camping opportunities on the edge of the … Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail to Cowichan Valley Trail connector (Malahat Ridge) All Clear / Green; Ideal - Hero dirt! Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail, Victoria, British Columbia. Follow the trail south for 9 kms where it joins to the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail north trail head. As you will see in the map legends, the maps indicate completed trail sections in green, sections of the route using roads in yellow, proposed/projected sections of trail … With an area of 4090 hectares, the Sooke Hills Wilderness Park is the largest park in the Capital region. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail starts between the two parking areas - it will slip through the closed gate as this area is closed to vehicles. Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail - Vancouver Island Hike The Great Trail stretches 24,000-kilometres, through 15,000 communities across Canada. Although the terrain is gravel and path is quite broad, it’s still marked as a moderately difficult trail because of steep sections with a 16% grade. This website does not encourage anyone to undertake activities in the backwoods without considering fully issues of safety, access and readiness. We continue to monitor water quality in the lake system. I want to do. The Regional Trails Management Plan (2016) recommends a trail be developed along Humpback Road to link the E&N Rail Trail to Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park in the City of Langford. Follow “The Great Trail” signage in the City of Langford to Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park on Humpback Road. Residents in the impacted area should continue to BOIL their drinking water until further notice. Please read  the FAQs, research further as appropriate, and use your judgement at all times. There are several short stretches on paved roads near the north. Keep a minimum viewing distance of 100 m from bears, cougars, and wolves and 30 m from other animals. You'll pass through remote areas, so you may want to read up on how to react should you meet larger wildlife, particularly bears (here's a useful Parks Canada link). The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail within the park is part of The Great Trail route. Sooke Mountain Provincial Park was established in 1928 to protect wildlife, wilderness and scenic values close to Victoria. “This land increases the size of the park to 4,113 hectares, which is the largest park in the CRD regional park system,” said CRD Board Chair Steve Price. The multi-use Sooke Hills Wilderness trail cuts through 13 kilometres of hilly terrain to connect Greater Victoria with the Cowichan Valley. The topping of loose stone in places can be treacherous. That said, the easier direction is to ride north to south. The chart below gives a distance vs elevation view for one starting from the south end of the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail. The largest park in the region, the Sooke Hills provides a buffer to Greater Victoria Water Supply Catchment and includes Mount Braden which at (471m) is one of the highest peaks in the CRD Regional Parks system. Visitors are advised to watch for signage and exercise caution in a rock slide area at the southern end of the trail. The trail itself is well built, although I could do without some of the loose gravel. The trail is a wide gravel service road, leading to a gate, crosses a road, then a well surfaced, but steep, trail climbs up over a hump, then back down … At the roundabout, continue straight to stay on Westshore Pkwy. Reviews (343) Photos (734) Recordings (311) Kayla Simonsen reviewed Mount McDonald via MacDonald Trail. Well worth checking out. Location: Langford and Juan de Fuca Electoral Area The Sooke Hills provide a buffer between the urbanized areas of the Greater Victoria area and the region’s water supply, while offering back country hiking, cycling, and horseback riding opportunities for users. As of December 12, this advisory for Beaver Lake has been expanded to include Elk Lake. 112.5 km, +1274 m. Bike ride in North Saanich, British Columbia Sooke Mountain Provincial Park was established in 1928 to protect wildlife, wilderness and scenic values close to Victoria. In very Canadian fashion, the Trail is set up for orderly riding. Mount MacDonald - Loop. Turn right onto Meridian Ave. Turn left onto Irwin Rd, stay left at Humpback Rd. The primary role of Sooke Mountain Provincial Park is to protect conservation values as part of a larger wildlife and greenbelt corridor. Much of the 24,000-kilometre route requires walking or cycling on roads and highways. Sports & Recreation It runs between Langford’s Humpback Reservoir and the CRD’s boundary with the Cowichan Valley Regional District. With an area of 4090 hectares, the Sooke Hills Wilderness Park is the largest park in the Capital region. To continue on to Victoria, you can follow signage for the Great Trail to Langford, and then connect onto Victoria's popular world class trail, the Galloping Goose. hiking views forest nature-trips wildlife dogs-leash trail-running river There's parking at both ends, or you can easily connect onwards by bike. Directions: From Victoria follow the island highway west toward Sooke. 343 reviews Directions Print/PDF Map; Share; VIEW FULL MAP. But rewarding. A Cowichan Valley Regional District parking lot for the Cowichan Valley Trail is located on Sooke Lake Road in Shawnigan Lake. The rugged rocky hills, lakes, forested slopes and the watershed for a tributary of the Sooke River were set aside in 1928 to protect wildlife, wilderness and scenic values close to Victoria. Finally, bottom right - rest assured you'll have good warning of most hills, blind corners or stretches of loose gravel. add review. The maps also show … There are no guarantees with any information provided in this website. Motorized vehicles, camping, open fires, smoking, and alcohol are prohibited. Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail offers outstanding hiking and cycling, and in some sections, horseback riding, that spans rivers, forests and hilltops. It's hard to see, but the sign directs cyclists to walk their bikes up the switchback. Total Distance ... embed map of Sooke mountain bike trails … There are 15 moderate trails in Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park Reserve ranging from 1.4 to 12.7 miles and from 337 to 1,896 feet above sea level. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is now open for exploring. After a bit of a mess up with our initial plan (read the Sooke Hills Trail post for details), my family (husband and nine-year-old twins) found ourselves at the access point to the Cowichan Valley Trail near the McGee Creek Trestle, deciding whether we should go north towards the iconic Kinsol Trestle or south towards Victoria. Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. The Trans Canada Trail continues west along the Galloping Goose Trail to Langford. There are steep grades up to 16%, narrow sections and rocky, gravel surfaces along the route. If you include a new trail section added at the north by the Malahat First Nation to connect to the Cowichan Valley Trail (CVT - local name for the TCT), then it's closer to ~22kms. Sections like the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail are exactly what the founders of the trail had in mind, said Valerie Pringle, a former broadcaster and co-chair of the Trans Canada Trail … The 13km unpaved trail … It runs between Langford’s Humpback Reservoir and the CRD’s boundary with the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Biking the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail from Sooke Lake Road parking 4.3km to Stebbings Road Xing in Goldstream Heights on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Rest at the viewing platform, 2.5 km from the Humpback trailhead, to take in the sights and sounds of Waugh Creek Falls, which flows forcefully in the winter and spring. When Sooke Hills Wilderness is open this means you can bike a complete trail from the JSB to Lake Cowichan if you ignore … Good little trail for a short hike. In early 2019, news spread that the BC government was considering building a road through the Sooke Hills as an alternative to the Malahat highway. The 13km unpaved trail offers a unique wilderness experience as it travels through remote areas and wildlife habitat. The north section opened in 2017, and the south section opened late 2020. The Sooke Hills Wilderness trail is the tip of the iceberg that is The Great Trail and I’m fortunate enough to have it in my backyard. These are all up-dated as of July, 2020. The trail lies between the Humpback Reservoir in Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park and the Capital Regional District-Cowichan Valley Regional District boundary. This page on Summit Post is how my hiking buddy and I figured out the Sooke Hills, without trail maps, a smartphone or GPS. Check out the pic below. Garth Campbell made his Victoria cycling buddies jealous this week. The inset map in the lower left corner shows the position of the larger map on the south Island. The Cowichan Valley section runs from the Capital Regional District boundary at the top of the Malahat, north to Shawnigan Lake and the Kinsol … "The ultimate vision is to have … Follow me on this rainy day in March, as I test out my new camera. Watch for signs such as tracks, claw marks on trees and scat. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. DIFFICULT 12.2 mi. The Cowichan Valley Trail is a spectacular multi-use trail that is an integral part of The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) route on Southern Vancouver Island. Dark-eyed Junco on the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail. print. 23 likes. Coming from the south, there's a long steady upward climb near the start. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is 13 unpaved kms. 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