Amazing beauty and lots of wildlife. Whales, sea lions, bears, sea otters and tons of marine life. It’s great to fall asleep to the sound of waves hitting the beach. My favorite backpacking trail.

more of a walk than a hike, still a beautiful forest and beach

Great hike on Vancouver Island to Mystic Beach along the Juan De Fuca Marine Trail, this trail takes you across the Peter Wolfe Suspension Bridge and down through the woods and right down a log staircase to a beautiful beach. Can't ask for more, highly recommend.

Mystic beach is beautiful and the trail is easy, some stairs at the end but otherwise a pretty good trail.

Loved it, only got turned around once on the way back. But we figured it out

The beach was ok but the journey through the forest was incredible!

One of my favorite places and my go to spot. the hike is amazing with a nice little suspension bridge half way. the kicker is the stairs, but the beach is worth it. camping on the beach is allowed for $10 per night and paid at the trail head. cash only! if you don't pay you run risk of a penalty ticket. pay the $10! the beach is amazing, the camping even better.

Hiked in August 2017 and Loved this trail.
-If you're on the fence about it DO IT! You'll love it.
-A more technical and challenging trail then some but by no means hard in my opinion. Maybe not the best suited for a beginner but well suited for those who have hiked before but are new to multi day trips. Or for those avid hikers who want an easy break with gorgeous west coast views.
-Had time to spare so hiked it in 4 days 3 nights but could have easily hiked it in 3 days.
-Breathtaking scenery and nature to absorb.
-Campsites were amazing, either along the ocean or on the forest. They fill up around dinner time as most people come off the trail so they fill fast then
-A mixture of ground paths and man made areas which include wide wood stairs and foot paths. Sometimes the man made stairs were harder to climb then just the trail.
-A lot of elevation changes and muddy spots but manageable. Having a hiking pole or trusty stick is crucial for testing muddy patches and helping with balance to avoid a dunk in the mud
-All campsites had bear proof bins for food and an outhouse (except for one that was out of order)
-Many streams for water filling, just make sure you bring some form of water treatment
Happy Hiking

awesome shoreline reward!

backpacking
11 months ago

My first multi night trail. We did it in 3 days 2 nights and it was awesome. If we do it again I would definitely take a little more time to enjoy the small things a little more. We did it in late July to early August and it was perfect weather. Plenty of water sources and camping was fun. Would definitely recommend it!

We only hiked from China beach to sombrio but none the less it was an amazing experience. The trail is extremely muddy so I would recommend wearing gaiters on it. Don't camp to close to the rising tides!

Great hike that goes down to the ocean and tidal pools when the tide is low. Interesting tree formations.

One of my favorite trails! Beautiful, but difficult to trail run on due to roots and other obstacles.

Did the hike in January of 2014. Not the best time of year, but well worth the mud and rain for the amazing views.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Amazing hike. Going to do it again!

Difficult to navigate in a few spots, steps washed out and a lot more rugged than we expected but SO worth it

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Great first time multi-day hike. Beginners should take the full 4 days, though.

hiking
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Wonderful trail with many access points. Can be very muddy in after it rains.
Spectacular beaches, amazing forest trails, good signage. Always wild, west coast wildlife; fun to watch whales during the migration, sea-lions, vultures and more when 'in-season', very occasional black bears, nearly always seals, otters, and a huge variety of birds.

A short slideshow video of the Botanical Beach Area -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK2CGhMJgMQ&list=PLNHbN7i9MoKGEi5uoNzUJXp_k2LcOZTIg

hiking
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Amazing hike. A bit more difficult than I expected but so happy to have experienced it. Beautiful trail with opportunities to sleep on the beach and listen to the ocean as you fall asleep.

Gorgeous natural bonzai along a lime stone coast with huge, huge surf.
The trail is well estabilished and not too many folk in the winter, but I'm assuming it would be very popular in the summer.

This is the entrance to the Juan de Fuca Trail which runs down the coast of Vancouver Island from Port Renfrew to Sooke. I would love to do that hike.
Camping is allowed but what you pack in... you pack out.

At low tide there are wonderful tide pools.

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