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

10 days ago

Very beautiful hike. Some difficult spots along the coast.

13 days ago

March 10: there was barely any snow. Rocky conditions means you have to watch your footing a bit more. But it was a great hike up with a constant incline.

13 days ago

Wonderful and well marked. A bit technical on some of the coastal section. We really enjoyed it!

one long tough hike in the slushy remains of the snow. Took about 4.5hrs with usual breaks and rests. The view at the top of Mt Empress is amazing. you can see Victoria in the distance as well as Sooke. The first bit isn't too hard up to Peden Lake and past it. It really isn't hard hard until the last 100m or so up to the peak.

Dog friendly and well worth it!

does anyone know if there is snow up there right now? March 1 2019

Had a great time. Went from spring like conditions to full snow. We luckily had gaiters so our feet stayed nice and dry. Couple of slippery moments going down but great trail. Would call today an Intermediate hike given the snow cap. Backside decent had a lot of snow due to lack of sun.

1 month ago

You can also start at the Harrison Trail - parking at the first gate to Sooke Potholes. Going up the washout and crossing the Goose Trail. It is a 5 hr round trip and can be very wet in the rainy season. Most of the washouts are then creeks you'll be walking in - 4-5 times. Views are well above average - No leashes required for you pup. Not a Provincial park till the last 15 mins

3 months ago

I feel this trail is definitely moderate. Starts off easy and about 30 mins in the difficulty increases. I took Quimper Summit Trail on the way up and the way down took Quimper Connector and Sooke Mountain Trails and it took me just over 3 hours. I recommend hiking that route in that order as the quimper trail is a good hike and the sooke mountain trail looks like an old gravel road. The trails in my opinion follow a semidry stream/river bed so its quite rocky for a good portion of the hike but its very clear and easy to follow. There are trail markers everywhere you would need one and they are very clear with direction. Parts of the trail were submerged so prepare with good boots or to venture off the pathway! You dont need hiking poles but they were useful.

Nice trail, mostly wider trail with sections that include using the creek as the trail; amount of water will depend on the precipitation over the last little while. Great views at the top.
Cell reception is spotty in this area despite being close to urban areas.

Beautiful views at the top and several viewpoints on your way. This trail is essentially all at an incline on your way up but otherwise not very technical. Make sure to bring hydration, and I would recommend bringing a small lunch too! Took us about 3 hours in all (including time taken to eat at the top).

Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a solid hike.

What a gorgeous area to hike. Pack a lunch and enjoy one of the many scenic spots to sit, look at the gorgeous ocean and enjoy the quiet .

Trail is well maintained and very easy to follow. Great views at the top

6 months ago

The start of the trail is a gravel/dirt road. There's not much to see until you get off the Sooke mountain trail and transition over to the Juniper trail. It will roughly take 30-45 min to get off this road.

The incline is very consistent. It does get quite a bit steeper as you get closer to the peak. However this change in gradation is very short.

This trek has been with no doubts one of the highlights of the holidays. Amazing views close to the sea, nice forest and great beaches. We even saw a few seals and sea lions!!

Route via South Shawnigan Lake Road does not exist anymore. Roads are closed .

fantastic trail. lots of loop options

7 months ago

One of my favorite locations.

7 months ago

Great trail - count in 2- 2 1/2hours at least - the part on the coast was not as easy as we thought

Rated difficult but I would say between moderate and difficult. It’s just a long hike on consistent elevation to summit. Very quiet trail mostly. Watch out a black bear that spoiled once my plan. Bringing a bell or bear spray might be helpful. 365 degree panoramic view is a rewarding.

8 months ago

This is the trail I do most often. It takes 2.5 - 3 hours. Lots of ups and downs.

9 months ago

nice trail, well booted in

my go to trail for a quick afternoon hike. amazing view of the spoke basin, not to mention the only (of seven) remaining fire watch stations in the spoke mountains

Started on the Interior Trail which is basically a dirt road that meanders through the forest, initially going up in elevation and then cutting across a ridge. We then made our way down to the Coastal Trail which is more like a trail, gonna by up and down to little coves along the way.

10 months ago

Love the view and atmosphere.
Good Sunday walk, will come back again.

great day hike. Lots to explore off the main trail too

Loved this trail! A bit boring at first, but picks up towards the peak. We did it with a 7-year old, which was quite doable and fun.

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