Hikes, Walks and Rambles

If you're new to Victoria or just visiting you should know that every hike, ramble and walk in this site is close and within driving distance of Victoria. That means every excursion can be done in a half day or full day with plenty of time to make it back to the city. This is an island so there is no shortage of shoreline for you to explore. Ancient rain forests as well as mountain ( think really big hill ) top vistas that really, really leave you awestruck.

***DISCLAIMER The information contained on this blog is for general information purposes only. Mystic Shores Photography assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the contents of this blog. Be aware of changing conditions and changes to the trail that can happen without notice. Be prepared for the outdoors and gauge your abilities honestly. Shorter trails are not always easier trails. Bring a backpack. Some snacks. A lighter. Be pathwise.

Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail

The 13km mixed trail offers a unique wilderness experience as it travels through remote areas and wildlife habitat. The trail lies between the Humpback Reservoir in Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park and the Capital Regional District-Cowichan Valley Regional District boundary.

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Lone Tree Hill Regional Park

Climb above the Highlands past dry, rocky outcrop vegetation to the 364-meter summit of Lone Tree Hill. From the summit, the view sweeps across the Malahat and the Highlands to Victoria and the distant Olympic Mountains.

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Kinsol Trestle

The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free standing rail trestle strucures in the world. At 44 meters above the creek bed you get a good view down the Koksilah Valley watershed. The distance from the parking area to the trestle is an easy, level grade one kilometer walk. The Fleetwood trail gives you the option of hiking along the creek for a kilometer.

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Muir Beach Walk

Want to walk an uncrowded wild west coast beach that is only a ten minute drive from Sooke? Seals, sea lions, eagles, otters and sometimes whales are seen here too. We know. We've seen them.

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Sandcut Beach

This beautiful stone and sand beach is close to the city, easy to get to and very difficult to leave. The short hike down to the beach takes about fifteen minutes. The well worn trail winds its way down through lush seaside rain forest that on a misty day is downright magical. Go left when you get to the beach. The waterfalls are a ten minute walk.

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The Coppermine Trail

This is just one of the amazing hiking trails that are located in East Sooke Regional Park. Deep forest trails and exposed west coast hikes along the the rugged shoreline, or a nice walk down an old road to nowhere in particular. It's your choice. Hike for an hour or hike for 8! East Sooke Regional Park has it all covered.

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Mt.Manuel Quimper

Mt.Manuel Quimper is located in the Sea to Sea Regional Park in Sooke, BC. This is just one of many outstanding hiking trails in this park and the adjoining areas. You could spend weeks exploring here. This hike is a 4.3 kilometer hike in each direction. Pretty much a 9 km hike in total. The route from the parking lot is uphill. It's almost all uphill as a matter of fact.

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