Explore the most popular trail running trails near Capital with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

15 days ago

WOW. what a beautiful change of scenery from the typical west coast mountains. Had to do this trail last minute as our original plan went sideways after a forest fire caught. No regrets though! Spent 5 days in total on the trail, 4 nights. ALOT of up and down up and down across all the creeks. Very minimal trail maintenance done on this path, therefore walked through several bogs, stepped over broken stairs/ladders and opted for scrambling rather than using old rope handholds. End of July and weather was perfect. Ensure you have waterproof boots as there is mud everywhere. Not as much beach walking as expected, more inland dirt trails.

I really enjoyed the loop around Matheson Lake and the walk along Matheson Creek to the lake, however Roche Cove itself was nice but not amazing.

2 months ago

Very beautiful and moderate trail!

7 months ago

Easy 13km, one way from becher bay to iron mine bay. 6 hours including about 1 hour worth of stops. Beautiful with the fog rolling in and out.

8 months ago

9 months ago

We took beechy head trail and then connected back via this trail. It was awesome but not easy. Kids 10 and 4 loved it because of all the rocks to climb and the variety of view and trees and beaches, and it was a bit dangerous in spots:)

Nice hiking trail - I followed the trail running recommendation which I do not agree with... hiking yes, running no

9 months ago

I hiked this trail in four days from Botanical Beach to China Beach by myself. It far exceeded my expectations! This was my first multi-day backpacking adventure. The trail was challenging at parts but the views and old growth forests were well worth it. The campsites were very nice with toilet paper and hand soap in the outhouses. There was a lot of traffic on the trail at this time of year which was great for me because I made a lot of friends. I highly recommend this trail!

9 months ago

Went up for landscape photography and was not disappointed by the views. The hike was steep in a few areas. It was probably easier because I stopped to set up my gear at every viewpoint I could find. I continued past the trail to reach the peak. The trail I took was clearly labelled, warning that it was not maintained, and to proceed with caution. It was no worse off than the rest of the trail when I went, so that is a bonus. Will definitely be going back.

9 months ago

Nice views at the top. Elevation is quick but not too tough. Once you get up and down the Lower Trail loop is a nice cool down before heading back to the parking lot.

9 months ago

Great hike. Good with kids. A few steep sections where you need to watch your step. Natural trail with roots and sections of loose gravel. Lowland start of hike has a boardwalk over the muddy areas. Beautiful views from the top of the ridge of other islands and ocean to he south of the island.

One of my favourite trails

10 months ago

Great trail, lots of great lookouts and beaches.

10 months ago

Trail is amazing and beautiful but definetly should not be rated as easy . The reviews we read led us to believe this was an easy hike along the coast when in fact it is very difficult . Narrow ledges at times with a great distance to fall , and a lot of ups and downs over difficult terrain . The trail took us 7.5 hours to complete and we hike all the time . I was concerned at comments stating this trail would be safe for young children and as a mother I greatly disagree with this . A loss of footing in many places could cause severe injury . The hike was one of the most beautiful I have ever done but the rating definetly should be changed from easy to at least moderate if not difficult . I don't know if you rated the trail based on the inner trails through the forest but we took the actual Coast Trail along the rock bluffs and it is not easy

Awesome! Although I'd rate it medium for the loop around Matheson Lake, lots of rocky terrain with tree roots.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Fantastic hike! Coastal and forest!

Monday, January 30, 2017

The best trail for day hikes. It's fairly easy to Beechers point and then you start hiking up and down the headlands. Absolutely not easy. Can be quite the climb. We have done the entire coastal hike in 4.5 hours at a hard pace. Absolutely love this hike .

Friday, December 23, 2016

This is one of my favourite trails and has been called one of Canada's best day hikes. I have never seen the Coast Trail called a loop nor has it ever been called easy for all skill levels. As an experienced hiker, I don't think that this description is accurate and quite frankly, dangerous.
The Coast trail is actually a 10k day hike. Most people choose to leave a car at one of the trail heads (Aylard Farm or Pike Road) and then use a second car to drive to the second trailhead for departure.
It is normally called a challenging or difficult hike; lots of ups and downs, some scrambling, trail is not always clearly marked, roots/rocks and steep sections.
Allow anywhere between 5-8 hours to complete. The Iron Mine Bay side is considered more challenging and less used. Aylard Park area is well used.
Even though the Coast Trail itself is not a loop, in East Sooke Park there are numerous transverse trails as well two longitudinal trails; the Coast and Interior Trail. Combining portions of these trails makes it easy to create some really great loops.
The trail is beautiful, gorgeous scenery and highly recommend

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It was a great day
Just me and my daughter

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Definitely my favorite for views & a workout.

Friday, September 23, 2016

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.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The trailhead was impossible to find. It appears all access has been sold for private property? We would have loved to explore the trail, but couldn't find any access :( we gave up.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

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.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Good anytime of year.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Some gorgeous spots along the trail but not enough for the effort.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Beautiful in early autumn

Monday, August 10, 2015

Great coastal hike. Easy to moderate trail with fantastic lookouts and great views of the coastline. No major elevation changes but lots of tree roots and rock formations to scramble over.

Friday, June 19, 2015

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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

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

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