Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a 30 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Capital, BC that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
I'm glad I did the whole thing to learn about great overnights or day trips, but I wouldn't repeat the whole trail again. China Beach to Sombrio gets you a great trip.
Soms gorgeous parts and absolutely magnificent beaches for camping, away from day trippers. However, it's a lot of ups and downs with very few changes in scenery... so it gets dull after a couple of days. I'd suggest not doing the full trail (skip the part from sombrio to port Renfrew, it's rather long and boring) or just hiking out to Chin or Bear beach for camping.
Some gorgeous spots along the trail but not enough for the effort.
It's a typical west coast hike lots of up/downs not much beach hiking. Easy access from highway has tourists hiking in along trail.
The overview is a little deceptive....there are many waterfalls, the trail is very difficult at parts and although "accessible" year round, portions are impassible in rough weather, and the trail is thick with mud almost all year. All that being said, its is an epic trail to see with some incredible places to set up camp - Sombrio Beach being one of my favorites. Here are some videos for a few parts of the trail:
The Botanical Beach area- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK2CGhMJgMQ
And Sombrio Beach - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgfL55q2PvA
Such a beautiful trail! Every breath you take is either temperate rainforest or the pacific ocean. I started at the China Beach trail head and took four days to get to Botanical Beach. The section of trail between Bear Beach and Chin Beach is very challenging as it is steep switch backs, constantly changing from climbing to descending. The difficulty is worth the effort as you are rewarded with beautiful campsites on the beach and in the forest. Make sure you are prepared for lots of moisture as the rain and fog are as common a trail partner as the 8" banana slugs.