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Mount McDonald via MacDonald Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Langford, British Columbia, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 882 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Forest

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Vivian Leung
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Hiking
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Harris Kalahi
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Hiking

its great steep hike.. my 6 yrs old son was able to conquer it with assistance going down on those steep areas..

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Kayla Simonsen
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Hiking

Good little trail for a short hike. Wasn’t quite sure if we followed the correct route since we started at a trail head that was marked “No public access”. We also did not see any rope along the way so we had to be careful with our descent since there some steep slippery areas. We asked a few hikers along the way but they were unsure of this themselves because they were hiking in the opposite direction. The view was spectacular at the top and we had the view to ourselves with no one else around. :) Hiked on July 15.

S Richards
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HikingRockyScramble
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Tyler Powell
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Hiking

Love this hike up the steep side! Never hiked it any other way, so I look forward to exploring. Took my dog up steep side (blue nose pitbull) he needed some help at the rope section. Can’t imagine it being very dog friendly for most! Great views!

Sarah White
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HikingScramble

Beautiful view from the top. I did the round loop today; steep side up, easier trail out. I recommend a gps with you as the backside is not a well defined trail. I use Gaia app a few times today to stay on track. Steep side would be difficult for pets.

Brent Bethell
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Short but fairly challenging. views were stunning from the summit. well worth the effort.

Amy Sullivan-turnbull
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For dog owners there’s another way to get to top. When you get to the steep part with ropes. Look to your right.. there’s a trail that skirts the mountain for a few minutes and leads to an easier more dog friendly route up to top.

Nick Dolomont
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HikingScramble
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Katlin Parrish
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Hiking

The trail wasn’t too difficult, however it’s quite steep in places and I had to turn back about halfway to the summit as my dog (pit mix) couldn’t make it up a portion of rock face that requires ropes (the ropes are there, no need for climbing gear, but expect 6-7 feet of more or less vertical rock) Will definitely do again without my dog as the view of Mt Wells and the west shore is gorgeous as you gain elevation

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Sophie Mcintosh
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Very pretty! Gets quite steep the closer you get to the summit and very muddy

Christine Hunter
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James Paul
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Hiking

Not a long hike, but similar in style to Mt. Finalyson (and not nearly as busy, which is a big plus) in that it's a steep ascent and the opposite heading down. There's even a small section where you get to use a couple of ropes to help pull yourself upwards - however may be a bit tricky if you are bringing your pup - have heard there is a trail to the right of the ropes that will bypass this area in that case. The view at the top is excellent and well worth it to stay a few extra minutes and take some pics. The only slightly confusing part could be finding the trail head for the first time, but there's some good descriptions in other reviews to help with that. Probably not the best hike to do if it's wet or raining outside as some sections have smooth rock faces and can be as slippery as a grease-covered eel.

Philip Street
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HikingRockyScramble

Steep and slippy. Great view from the top

Ian H
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Adam Ness
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Great hike with amazing views, quite a few steep sections with wet slippery rocks. The steepest points have ropes which are in good condition. Don’t forget your camera on this one!

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Mary Kozak
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HikingRockyScramble

Lovely trail that has a bit of challenge and excellent pay off with the great views.

James Armstrong
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HikingScramble
Bret Carriere
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Hiking

some points where its just a rope over a cliff tide to a tree but if u make it to the top its the best view in the westshore. Stick to maintained trail, most deer trails have a branch over to block but will get far off track if so. full service works so like gps dude

G Sivertson
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Hiking

The trail is easy to follow except for a few parts near the top. As others have said there are wonderful views from the summit. Lots of loose rock to slip on.

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Taavi Babcock
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HikingRockyScramble

Love this hike, and yes I prefer it to mt.Finlayson, way less crowded. Trailhead is easy to find off Humpback Rd., west of mt.Wells parking lot about a minute, small pullout with large rocks. Trail is well booted in and easy to follow. Steep in places, rope to help in gully. Can be slippery in places in the early spring and winter. It's fun to watch your progress against Mt Wells opposite, as McDonald is quite a bit higher. One of the best views around at the top!

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