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4 days ago

Loved this hike! I would definitely recommend having some hiking experience and good foot wear.

6 days ago

Great hike. Nice place to chill at the opposite end.

Very beautiful and moderate trail!

One of my favourite hikes. I have run most of it. Great for a little challenge without all the heights.

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

1 month ago

limited views but great first scenery.

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 !

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.

5 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.

6 months ago

6 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:)

easy hike! a little bit of cardio to the top, but very manageable. i would find the rating of *moderate* a bit high.

One of my favourite trails

8 months ago

Great trail, lots of great lookouts and beaches.

8 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

Some challenging spots on the coast trail

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


10 months ago

Fantastic hike! Coastal and forest!

11 months ago

Beautiful spot/easy walk!Very scenic with great little driftwood beaches and cliffs, spring flowers and views of Shack Island!

11 months ago

Fantastic hike. A bit challenging on the way back but overall it was great.

Beautiful views, wear good boots, there are some muddy sections.

Actually this is a loop trail - or it was when we did it some years ago.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Great hike, beautiful ocean, lots of cormorants fishing. A few hills to go up so be ready to work your legs!

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

rock climbing
Sunday, October 09, 2016


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