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hiking
2 days ago

Nice wide easy trail with small incline. Did the loop with our pup.

South side accent is very steep and difficult. North side is not near as steep.

This hike is rated as moderate, that is inaccurate. This is a hard , quite challenging hike. There is probably close to 1 full km of scramble to get to the top. I would definitely rate as hard.

Great trail, well maintained and lots of different path options. Shady and sunny spots.

This trail is stunning! You’re constantly popping up on beautiful viewpoints of sooke and all the different ones are so amazing! The trail is well marked only in sections, there are a few places I really had to refer to this app to follow the trail as suddenly you won’t see a trail marker anywhere. Keep your eyes peeled for the faded little tapes in the trees and be aware of your direction in this hike =]

hiking
12 days ago

Note to all, the area north of the park has been extensively logged in preparation for a new development. The trail turns into a rough clear cut as soon as you leave the park boundary.

The loop around the lake is as beautiful as always.

1.5 hours up and down. Has good views and excellent features. Can be rather technical at points for the inexperienced. Definitely worth a trip during the Salmon Run, but good luck finding a parking spot! Watch for slippery flat rock surfaces. There are many flat features and on the downhill it can be a bit sketchy.
My dog took a spill, shes 4 and is new to the terrain and she had to be shown some routes and lifted up and down at points.

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

Didn't see a single other person. Well maintained trail way to follow

This is a very accessible trail and keeps my 64 year old lungs in good shape.

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

Beautiful fall afternoon made this a lovely hike. Great views.

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

4 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.

Great trail but could mark the trails better.

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

hiking
5 months ago

hard trail , but worth the effort GORGEOUS views . Went with my 13 yr old son and our 2 dogs :-)

hiking
5 months ago

We started from a non public trailhead, which was great. We didn’t see any other people the entire hike. Parts were very wooded yet others were on a fire road with overhead power lines. That’s why we only gave it a 3 star rating.

fantastic trail. lots of loop options

hiking
5 months ago

An easy walk/hike once you’re on the pipeline. Gorgeous scenery and very few people. One of my favourites.

hiking
5 months ago

AMAZING! Great workout and views!

hiking
6 months ago

A bit more then 12 k but the view is nice at the end

It’s a loop trail that goes around the lake and there’s lots of side trails to explore

Challenging but not too long. Just right for a few hours. Great views!

great hike, lots of fauna

hiking
7 months ago

lots of hawks, great views. usually get to this trail head starting at they's lake parking lot for a few extra kms

hiking
7 months ago

like to start from they is lake parking lot for a few more kms. lots of hawks and deer

hiking
7 months ago

quick workout, often do this as multiples

hiking
7 months ago

nice walk, but what's with the barbed wire along the trail?

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