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Castle Peak Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 1,384 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

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NOTE: This approach to Castle Peak may be closed as of July 2020 due to construction. A temporary alternate trail head from Hwy 14 has been created to allow continued access. Please check here for more information: https://www.crd.bc.ca/about/alerts-notices/area-in-southern-section-of-sooke-hills-wilderness-closed

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Jennifer Gauthier
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HikingClosed

Closed from many approaches. Would not currently attempt it.

Gary Neumann
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HikingClosed

Wonderful hike but access to trail was closed. Sign says closed for 1 month.!There is no reason that one of the young workers on site could not direct hikers across the 20’ roadway. Ridiculous CRD Bureaucratic nonsense . We accessed park via flow line.

Angelic Grey
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Hiking

Great trail, I ran most of it, except for the last loop. Really loved it.

Ben F
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Running

Great trail and fairly easy to follow. Amazing views from the top. Great for trail running.

Peter L
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RunningBugsRockyScramble

A new go to trail run! Loads of diversity, lots of elevation and undulations after a welcome couple km of warmup flat single track and old road. All runnable other than some scramble at the highest peaks which I personally don’t mind. Be sure to have your offline trail maps for this one as reception is spotty and turn off data roaming as I hit the USA towers a couple times.

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Dawn Peacock
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Brent Cunningham
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Hiking

nice hike. on hot day, you'll need at least 1 L water and it is about 4 hours. note: take right turn nearly always or you'll lose trail. check compass v map a lot when unsure. when you come out at a loop in what appears a real logging road, go right, then left soon on small trail, not logging road. short steep trail to summit almost invisible on way up, but if you want keep eye out for big cut log jutting from right partly over trail. path is just before. long way more fun

Todd Sudduth
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Hiking

Created our own path today with 3 peaks back to back. So pretty once you get to the peaks. Parking was a challenge. There is a place on side of road but 2 blocks walk in high way. And tough to turn left after hiking due to heavy traffic. Worth it though!

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David Lundsgaard
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Hiking

This was a beautiful hike, but there are some important data points to keep in mind: (1) the trailhead is not marked, and is about a quarter mile up the highway (east) from the parking lot; (2) the trail is well-maintained and decently marked, but not labeled, so bring your GPS; (3) it is really two entirely different hikes--the first is an easy walk through the forest on an old road, the second is a vertically challenging up and down circuit of peaks and saddles around a bowl with relatively little cover; (4) the 7.4 mile distance seems suspect to us, as our GPS recorded well over 10 miles, which was also more consistent with our experience of the hike. If you intend on doing the entire loop, I would recommend heading left first so that you finish the loop by climbing DOWN the big cliff from Mt. Braden instead of starting the loop by climbing UP the big cliff (unless Mt. Braden is your only objective).

Cristal Noakes-Hamilton
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Hiking

This trail was deceiving at the beginning. Very easy and flat and then it got good. My phone died so it did not capture that we went the whole 12 km. I had my 6 month old on my chest and my 8 year old. It was pretty tough in a few spots due to climbing up a cliff, but totally worth every minute!! Very beautiful and serene.

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Kirsten Roden
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Hiking

Great hiking trail. Not greatly marked but we managed to find our way thanks to this app. We did get misplaced a bit and had to do some turn arounds. Did not see anyone for hours was so peaceful and quiet. A few steep rocks and some down hill slippery rock and moss. I would say it’s moderate to hard. You are deep in the woods for sure! Took us almost 4 hours with minimal breaks.

Leigh Garrod
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A great new hike for us. the map makes you think you've nade good progress when arriving at the start of the loop (on the mountain), but that's when the hard work begins! great exercise, quiet, and beautiful forest and creek views.

Hannah S.
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Hiking

Steady and flat in the beginning but once you get further there are more obstacles and incline. Georgeous hike!

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Jade Dallamore
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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 =]

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

Sophie Olmstead
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Hiking

AMAZING! Great workout and views!

Keith Desjardins
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Hiking

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

Darwin Rambo
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Great hiking. No need to leash your dog as it is remote and leashing would be dangerous on the many vertical sections and cliffs you will discover.

Stephen DUSTY Roberts
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a great hike with a few difficult sections. the views and beauty make it worth it.

Sarah Lin-Aamodt
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The trail is all covered by snow even now. The last half mile is steep to go up esp. in an icy hill. The snow starts to melt quickly and it is very slushy at some parts. It is difficult to go to top because of snow..

Joe Toth
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It was a challenge but I saw a black bear on the trail and that was awesome

Emma Wright
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More on the difficult side for the top loop. Expect amazing views but lots of ups and downs, poor trail markers and scrambling. But well worth the effort!

Juli Bolton
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Hiking
First to Review

Beautiful views of the Sooke Hills, Metchosin and the Olympic peninsula. I would rate it as moderate rather than easy due to its length and a fair amount of rock scrambling. I would love to do this hike again when it is drier.

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