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

Great trail by the sea. Many options to shorten or make it longer, so absolutely great with small kids.
Fairy doors add extra magic for the kids:-)

I love the fairy forest you can find here! Plus the views!

However some people keep stealing the fairy doors some kids are making :(

13 days ago

Supper great hike! Even though it was very steep at some points well worth it for the view at the top.

It took my girlfriend and I about 4 hours round trip. This includes the time we stopped at the top for photos. They way up is physically tiring, but not exactly difficult. The way down seemingly takes forever, but was much easier in terms of exhaustion.

The view is great, the exercise was great and I’d do it again.

Side note - it may be difficult for older dogs.

walking
17 days ago

Lovely little spot to walk. There is no way this should be labelled as "moderate". Moderate hikes are a bit of a challenge for me. This place is one of the easier trails.

Good workout. Great view.

hiking
23 days ago

Was great. Nice and steep! Made it to the big rock lookout and down in 3.25 hrs! Took the straight to the top trail.

Worth it!!

1 month ago

It is very challenging remember the top. When you reach the view it is not the top...keep going. When you reach the flag your done!

to short but beautiful

nature trips
1 month ago

It’s was very difficult, especially on the way down as it was very slippery. Well worth it though. Be ready for a huge cardio session :)

walking
1 month ago

Are any of the mountain bike trails around Westwood on this app?

trails are well marked. went up the difficult trail. legs were like jello when we were done

Painful

Westwood laje trail

1 month ago

nice walk with the dog, great at sunset

A challenge at times but worth the climb!

They have expanded the trail; now enters into a larger trail section. Look for the signs when walking it!

walking
3 months ago

Nice walk along the ocean. Awesome on sunny days, you can see all the mountains across the water.

This is a great hike with lots of varied terrain. The first time we did this hike we found the south entrance in Extension. Easy hike up to the ridge and spectacular views south and west. Awesome for catching the setting sun! The second time, we entered the trail from the Harewood Mines Rd end. Unfortunately we read the direction sign from one side and went to the left instead of the right, resulting in a less than interesting walk along the power line.... more like a scramble over jagged rocks. Once we realized this was not where we wanted to be, we cut up toward the SW, into the trees. Much better!
The third time.... we got it right and headed right up to the Abyss near the top of the ridge. We met a couple who said the last time they had hike there, the slope was still all forested. Now it’s a pretty sad wasteland with a ton of debris from the logging and a few spindly arbutus. It gets way better up top though, so keep going! Take a look at the big fissure, called the Abyss, (keep small dogs on a leash and watch your littles carefully - it’s just wide enough for one to slip down into) and then carry on up to the ridge. Keep going until you get a great view over the city! Then go some more til you get to the big tower. Take photos here! You might even be able to see Mt Baker in the US! Keep going and enjoy the last couple km, especially where you can see down into the Extension valley. Really pretty. The first couple times were nice and quiet, but the last time we went on a Sunday afternoon, there was a lot of rifle fire coming from the shooting range, and many people on dirt bikes and ATVs, so it kinda sounded like a war going on..... not super peaceful. A fun hike, with lots of terrain, not too hard, and pretty views. You will just have to ignore the logged areas, and try to go when the shooting range isn’t open!

Nice trail for exercise, a fair bit of surrounding noise (hwy, blasting and dirt bikes), and a lot of clear cutting :(

I really enjoyed this short but sweet walk. I'll definitely return in the summer to enjoy some of the little private beaches.

walking
5 months ago

I would definitely not call this a moderate hike! There are some ups and downs but all in all it's a really great walking/running loop with beautiful views of the lake. I would definitely recommend this loop to anyone looking for a nice walk or a nice run!

walking
5 months ago

Really great walking trail! Pretty short, but it's nice to sit and listen to the ocean. Often you'll see deals or sea lions!

Nice little walk not too much of a hike. Nice for beach walks !

hiking
8 months ago

Deadly

hiking
8 months ago

Went up this last Sunday (Oct 22nd) and proposed to my now fiance. Was extremely hung over for the first half hour of the hike (lol I will never learn). Felt like I was dying half way up but push on. The weather held up and provided the perfect place to pop the question. Would definitely hike it again, but not hung over next time.
cheers.

Lovely walk along the water. Clear lagoon on one side and the strait on the other. Saw several seals or sea lion swimming off shore.

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