There are outhouses near where you park. We were able to relax, read some books, have a fire, and enjoy an incredible sunset. We checked out the beautiful Botanical Beach and explored its tidal pools. Took my 11 year old girls on it and they did great. Day 2: Chin to Parkinson. The trail started out easy enough. SEATTLE-Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Victoria. The good news was we had covered over one-third of the trail on day one, allowing us to take an easier pace from here. Both were long full days of hiking, however we were still able to take lots of breaks to enjoy the scenery. Earlier this summer I hiked the 180km Sunshine Coast Trail over 10 days. My wife voted to push on to Sombrio Beach where the ocean views were. By providing this information, Bottletop Media does not assume any liability for the use of this information by our readers.Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions. Started Aug 21; 4 days 3 nights. On day three we slept in, again, uneager to start tackling the unforgiving trail on another foggy morning. I felt a bit bad hiking this trail and adding to the distress of the ecosystem. Join the Outdoor Vancouver Slack Channel to chat about trail suggestions, current hiking conditions, and all things related to hiking around Vancouver and B.C. “Most rocks are covered with living plants and animals – step carefully to avoid crushing them. And don’t bring non-essential items. Campsites along the Juan de Fuca Trail are all first come first served. Otherwise, its preferred if you dig a hole in the forest or on the beach below the tide line, and cover it up. You may use this as a guideline for your own hike, or you may want to take an entirely different approach. Dogs should be kept on-leash. Often overlooked in favor of the West Coast Trail, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a far less expensive and equally beautiful option. The reader is warned that it is unreasonable to rely solely upon the above information. There will be ongoing constructions and upgrading of the trail for a number of years. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Always carry The Essentials and fill out a trip plan. There are four trailheads to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, at China Beach, Sombrio Beach, Parkinson Creek and Botanical Beach, all accessed off Highway 14. People downstream don’t want your germs in their drinking water. Here is some of the basic etiquette to consider: My general advice for the Juan de Fuca Trail is the same as any through-hike or backpacking trek: Prepare and plan, and then plan some more. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a multi-day hike along the west coast of southern Vancouver Island. Making our way along the damp trail. The park is approximately 1,500 hectares (about 3700 acres) with a continuous wilderness hiking trail following about 47 km (29 miles) of coastline. Otherwise, you’ll need to wait for the tide to recede sufficiently if you have bad timing.#LocationKm Marker(Approx)Passable below tideheight of (m)1Bear Beach8.73.002Chin Beach (East)20.62.753Chin Beach (West)21.32.754Sombrio Beach (East)28.03.005Sombrio Beach (West)29.62.606Sombrio Beach (West-west)30.23.00. All of them are great, and this is a popular campsite as the distance to campsites in either direction from here is relatively far. The answer, I discovered, is to hike the lesser known Juan de Fuca Marine trail, established in 1995, which runs 30 miles along the same coast line from Sooke to Port Renfrew. And collect the water from as far upstream as possible. Backcountry passes for camping and important notices can be found on the BC Parks website: http://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/juan_de_fuca/#WalkInCamping Tired, wet, and hungry, we arrived at Sombrio Beach. – Guides for 10 amazing hikes near Vancouver– Hiking safety and trail etiquette– Resources, hiking gear overview, and more! Enjoy the waterfall (which we took a rinse in) at Mystic, and don’t underestimate the final /km to the parking lot - it felt a lot longer for some reason. It is recommended you book your spot on the bus in advance. Yes and no. Learn More. Hiking conditions are always changing and hikers should obtain up-to-date information before proceeding on a hike by checking the trailhead information shelters. We did 4 days/ 4 nights. Juan de Fuca Trail vs West Coast Trail 5 Reasons why we chose the lesser-known Juan de Fuca Marine Trail: Beautiful Forest and Ocean Scenery throughout the trail. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail travels 29 miles along Vancouver Island's southern coast. Campsites are first come, first served with the exception of China Beach Campground – which isn’t really on the trail anyway. Lots of ups and downs as there are many water outflows to go through. Beware that some beach routes cannot be taken at high tide. Join us at patreon.com/outdoorvancouver. The Juan de Fuca sits on the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island, between Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew and China Beach, which is just up the coast from Sooke. The town of Sooke is closest to the China Beach access point, and the town of Port Renfrew is close to the Botanical Beach access point. Parks Backcountry Camping permit for each night you are on the trail. A few of these sections have inland routes you can take if you get cut off by the high tide. Below are some etiquette guidelines, but these are by no means comprehensive. We went South to North. Use only driftwood and do not cut any tree branches or any other living vegetation to use in your fire. And it's … Juan De Fuca Marine Trail to Mystic Beach Outlook is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. I think botanical was still closed due to a bear but never checked. Remove wrappers in advance so you don’t have to worry about garbage. You are encouraged to camp at designated campsites and on the beach when possible to prevent degradation of the inland forest environment. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is an excellent route to train for coastal backpacking trips. It was our hottest and longest day on the beach, so was my favourite. Payzant Creek is greener and nicer than Little Kuitshe but there is no beach access from this campsite. You should check this information yourself. Click following button or element on the map to see information about it. The waterfall was one of the top highlights of the trail. I think it was at Chin that there was a waterfall that doubled as a shower, best place on the whole hike to get clean. We knew the section of trail we had to tackle on this day was supposed the most difficult, with the most amount of climbing. Our family hiked the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail this past summer and it was EPIC! There are also multiple trailhead options for the JDF, so the trail can be hiked in sections for those that don’t want to tackle the entire 47 kilometres in one go. If no outhouse is near, dig a hole 7 inches deep, 100 feet away from any water source, and off the trail. The trail would continue to be exceedingly difficult and slow going in sections. Located at kilometer 37.6 of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Parkinson Creek trailhead provides access to a 10 kilometre 4 to 6 hour hike west to Botanical Beach or a 9 kilometre 4 to 5 hour hike east to Sombrio Beach. Vancouver Island is… an island. You might have the best luck if you can roam onto a US carrier from the nearby United States. It is up to you to assess whether or not the trail is suitable for your dog. Looking for the most amazing hikes near Vancouver? With the Juan de Fuca, you will have your choice of campsites, how many days you wish to hike, and some choices between inland and beach routes. Don’t count on it. After setting up our tent, we lit a fire, had some warm food, and had a few sips of whiskey to raise our spirits. Our #1 hike in the world — West Coast Trail — was closed all of 2020 due to COVID. Your route may vary. 2nd day: Bear to Chin- Very challenging with lots of elevation changes Your email address will not be published. Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a 50.5 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. 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