Is much easier to get onto the trail, and is logistically easier to plan. Fires are not permitted at these sites. Overall we hiked from Mystic Beach to Parkinson in 2 Days. As most of the reviews have noted there are definitely some muddy spots, however we went after a stretch of good weather so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. The trail would continue to be exceedingly difficult and slow going in sections. Beware that some beach routes cannot be taken at high tide. Mystic Beach, Bear Beach, Chin Beach, and Sombrio Beach are all located along the beach. All have nearby water sources, pit toilets, and food caches. Note: As of September 8, 2020, Botanical Beach Temporarily Closed due to a problem bear in the area. Then, be ready to be flexible with those plans once you start hiking as things almost never go to plan. People often hike in to camp or surf. Juan de Fuca Trail Schedule Reservations are strongly recommended !!! The mud continued to be an annoyance, as did the periodic rain. Carrying on through the forest The Juan De Fuca trail is rugged, and has much more elevation gain and loss. Because of this, and the lack of ocean views, they are typically less desirable spots to camp. There are three designated camping areas at Sombrio – East Sombrio, Sombrio, and West Sombrio. Hiking Trail Guides / Dec 21st, 2020 / Leave a Comment. Often overlooked in favor of the West Coast Trail, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a far less expensive and equally beautiful option. Even though this day was the most difficult from the standpoint of elevation gain, the improving trail conditions made this the most enjoyable day of the trek so far. Treat all your water. So proud of the kids for doing so well on their first multi-day hike, carrying their packs. ), head west of Victoria on Highway 14 to Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a 31.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. There is limited space at this campsite, so you may want to try to arrive here early to get your pick of sites. You won’t miss them once you’re out on the trail, and you’ll be thankful your bag is that much lighter. Yes, however the trail may be too difficult for some dogs. Hiking the Juan de Fuca Trail on Vancouver Island. Backcountry passes for camping and important notices can be found on the BC Parks website: http://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/juan_de_fuca/#WalkInCamping For much of this distance the trail is slightly inland, following the abandoned path of an old telegraph line installed for the safety of shipwrecked sailors. Our hike was mostly uneventful and enjoyable as the trail was so much easier than the previous few days. There was probably 30 people maybe. The stairs and walkways between Sombrio and Parkinson weren’t in the best condition. When then drove to the China Beach trailhead to be certain of where we would be leaving our car and catching the West Coast Express the following morning. The tide was coming in and we knew from looking at the tide chart, we were pushing it close to being cut off by the rapidly rising waters. I was exhausted, dehydrated, and had developed a bad headache. Unless you live there, you will need to either fly in or take a B.C. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is an excellent route to train for coastal backpacking trips. Distance by the map for day 4: 10 km.Total hiking time: 5 hours. Chin to Bear: This day was most definitely the hardest. 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. For your afternoon outing (you thought you were done? Thieves often target these parking lots at night. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, about an hour drive north of Sooke, is the popular and challenging 47 km Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, the southern extension to the famous West Coast Trail. Gaiters - kept the mud off the socks and from going into the boots, allowed for trekking right through the mud puddles. Logistics are much easier. Overall weather conditions were excellent. Dense rainforests and changing eco-systems along this west coast hike. 11: VICTORIA-Strait of Juan de Fuca east of Victoria; Haro Strait; Boundary Passage; Gulf Islands; Strait of Georgia. 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. 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. Each hiker is responsible for hiking with a minimal impact on the environment. 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. Started Aug 21; 4 days 3 nights. Always carry The Essentials and fill out a trip plan. You do need to be prepared for an encounter. If you have any questions, or advice for future travellers, let’s hear it in the comments below! You can also hike north-to-south or south-to-north. There are outhouses near where you park. We parked our car at Parkinson and took the West Coat Trail bus (https://trailbus.com/) to China Beach and set up camp at Mystic beach. And collect the water from as far upstream as possible. It is ideal as an entry level backpacking trip and offers spectacular natural beauty, excellent hikes, and marine wildlife viewing. Chin beach isn't bad but there wasn't a whole lot of spots to choose from when I got there. did Parkinson to China 4 days with the homies. The Juan de Fuca trail winds it’s way right through the parking lot and keeps going. Luckily, our gamble paid off despite having to walk through ankle-deep ocean water at one point. Use outhouses at the campsites and do not relieve yourself anywhere near a stream or source of fresh water. About Juan De Fuca Marine Trail. The Sombrio Beach waterfall Thieves regularly prey on these parking lots! Understand how to read a tide table (and bring the current tide table chart with you). There are six campsites in total. Required fields are marked *. Though this makes it feel a little less ‘wild’ or ‘off the grid’ than the WCT. Payzant Creek is greener and nicer than Little Kuitshe but there is no beach access from this campsite. We decided to go to Parkinson Creek trailhead which cut about 10km (ish) off our trek to Sombrio. There are tent pads at West Sombrio you are encouraged to use. We left Vancouver early in the morning and caught the ferry from Tsawwassen to Victoria. Gaiters are recommended to keep pants and boots dry. No trace of the fire should be left behind. Yes and no. Mud. For the Juan de Fuca, use the Port Renfrew Tides. Wildlife. As you start and end at sea level in both directions, it won’t really matter too much which direction you hike. eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'outdoorvancouver_ca-banner-1','ezslot_10',104,'0','0']));Getting to the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is fairly straightforward. 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. 2nd day: Bear to Chin- Very challenging with lots of elevation changes I had largely thought it was exaggeration and boasting by hikers who had just come off the trail. Apparently somewhat shell-shocked from day 1, we didn’t break camp on day two of our trek until after 10am. It is recommended you book your spot on the bus in advance. Driving Time from Vancouver: Half-dayTrailhead Coordinates: Botanical Beach: 48.533435, -124.443411, China Beach: 48.437935, -124.092814. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a rugged 47 kilometres (29 mi) wilderness hiking trail located within Juan de Fuca Provincial Park along the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island. Ferry or by airplane (Victoria has an international airport). Mystic Beach looking south (towards the waterfall). Want to connect with other local hikers? There will be ongoing constructions and upgrading of … The Juan de Fuca trail is MUCH cheaper than the West Coast Trail. As such, the guide below is a personal trip report from my own hike of the Juan de Fuca Trail in 2020. The trail was really nice with lots of views of the ocean. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a strenuous, multi-day hike in a rugged and isolated environment and park users should plan accordingly. If that happened, we’d have to double-back to get onto the inland trail, and would surely be hiking into the darkness. waterproof shoes, gaiters & poles highly recommended. You will receive the file immediately in your email, and will also gain access to the monthly Outdoor Vancouver newsletter. $25-35 on amazon. By providing this information, Bottletop Media does not assume any liability for the use of this information by our readers. Please keep dogs on a leash”. Distance by the map for day 1: 18 km.Total hiking time: 10 hours. Campsites along the Juan de Fuca Trail are all first come first served. There is no beach access from Parkinson Creek to the water but you can hike short distance on the trail either direction to find access to the beach. You should check this information yourself. Overall very successful trip. We were thankful for a shorter day and celebrated being over halfway along the Juan de Fuca. As we progressed along the trail, however, it quickly became clear there was indeed a lot of mud on the trail, which significantly slowed down our expected pace. Dogs should be kept on-leash. There is a fantastic waterfall at East Sombrio. I felt a bit bad hiking this trail and adding to the distress of the ecosystem. We passed by a re-routed section of trail that had been washed out by a recent mudslide. We thought ‘here we go again’. Rock-on-a-pillar We checked out the beautiful Botanical Beach and explored its tidal pools. That’s a lot of up and down, up and down…. Right next door is the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. There are 6 high tide cut off points. Distance by the map for day 3: 11 km.Total hiking time: 4.5 hours. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a weekend warrior’s paradise, but also makes a desirable family backpacking destination. Day 2: Chin to Parkinson. Disclaimer: The information in this website should not be taken as accurate, complete or up-to-date. It may depend on your exact location and who your provider is. We checked into an Airbnb near Sooke. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a great shorter less difficult alternative to the West Coast Trail. We made it to Bear Beach around 4:30 in the afternoon and set up our campsite right on the beach. We enjoyed our evening on the beach. Botanical Beach on a misty morning More muddy trails Hikers are encouraged to plan ahead of time and be prepared for the conditions. Trail conditions were mostly good. The Mystic Beach campsite is scenic and lies along a nice, sandy stretch of shore. Ended at the recommended Parkson creek entrance. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is designed as a wilderness hiking trail. As we made our way towards Parkinson Creek, however, the trail went inland and became progressively more difficult. Know how to minimize your chance of an encounter, and how to behave if you see bears, wolves, or cougars. You can leave your car at one trailhead and take the bus to the other. The park is approximately 1,500 hectares (about 3700 acres or 5.8 square miles) with a continuous wilderness hiking trail following about 47 kilometres (29 miles) of coastline. The treck to Chin is definitely a fun challenge with lots of ups and downs, we were glad to get that stretch done on our first full day of hiking. The trail from Sombrio Beach to Chin Beach – our targeted campsite for the night – was all inland, and had one huge climb. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail was created through the Commonwealth Nature Legacy to commemorate the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC. We reached a beach access point, where we had the option of taking the scenic and faster beach route to Sombrio, or taking the muddy, slow, and hilly inland route. Juan De Fuca Marine Trail to Mystic Beach Outlook, Broom Hill and Kemp Lake via Wetland Trail, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail: Mystic Beach to Bear Beach, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail: Bear Beach to Chin Beach, Sombrio Beach via Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Swallow Creek and Priest Cabin Park Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Juan de Fuca Marine Trail: Chin Beach to East Sombrio Beach, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail: East Sombrio Beach to Botanical Beach, http://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/juan_de_fuca/#WalkInCamping, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, San Juan River Estuary Ecological Reserve. The past few days it had been raining so the mud puddles were some of the worst I’ve experienced, so glad I had poles and gaiters. The waterfall was one of the top highlights of the trail. The West Coast Express picks us up on Day 1. Entrance to Botanical was completely closed off yesterday due to a “problem bear”/ bear trap set up... which we learned from signage after exiting the park. First time using them and am glad I watched a YouTube tutorial on proper use! Chin Beach to sombrio was ok, a nice big flat section for about 2km right in the middle. The untreated wood along the trail is often more dangerous due to either decay or slippery. A bit of mud and few ups and downs (gaiters not required but definitely encouraged) Before we began hiking, we had read online reviews of the trail talking about the mud. Hikers should be prepared for uneven ground and slippery conditions on muddy trails, wooden surfaces, boulders, and rocky … We parked our car, then waited on the highway for the West Coast Express. You should print the tide charts for the days you will be on the trail and bring this with you. Got stung by a wasp which was insanely painful, so bring some antihistamines and afterbite. Hiking conditions are always changing and hikers should obtain up-to-date information before proceeding on a hike by checking the trailhead information shelters. Fires are permitted on the beaches as long as no current fire ban is in effect. We made sure to check out the incredible waterfall tucked inside a slot canyon just off the beach. But to our amazement, after that, the trail got drier and drier as we made our way towards Bear Beach – which was our desired campsite for our final night on the trail. However, because the distance from Sombrio to Botanical Beach is 18 km, you may need to camp here or at Payzant Creek. The clouds lifted a few hours into our day and the sun finally came out. Although most of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is designed for strenuous day or multi-day hiking/camping in this rugged and isolated area, some easy to moderate day hiking opportunities to the beach or along the trail are available starting from the trailheads. Vancouver Island Tourism; Vancouver Island Hotels; Vancouver Island Bed and Breakfast; Vancouver Island Vacation Rentals; Vancouver Island Vacation Packages There is the Trail Bus (see: Getting There) you might take to get from one trailhead to the other. Otherwise, its preferred if you dig a hole in the forest or on the beach below the tide line, and cover it up. It's one of the great alternatives to the WCT. Chin Beach in the morning The key differences are that compared to the West Coast Trail, the Juan de Fuca Trail: But one thing is for certain – both trails share the same patented west coast beauty! Saw no whales but some river otters, sea lions and seals. All that was left to do was hike the final 8 km back to the China Beach trailhead, passing by the popular Mystic Beach along the way. Again somewhat defeated, we arrived at Chin Beach around 4 o’clock. The tie-breaker went to my wife, and we trudged on. It was our hottest and longest day on the beach, so was my favourite. Would definitely recommend packing as light as possible. Logistically, it is a lot easier to get onto the trail, and it certainly has fewer ladders to contend with. This campsite must be reserved. – Guides for 10 amazing hikes near Vancouver– Hiking safety and trail etiquette– Resources, hiking gear overview, and more! The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail covers 47 kilometres of dense, coastal forest. The beaches are amazing. It is up to you to assess whether or not the trail is suitable for your dog. The trail lies just south of the popular West Coast Trail and is often hiked as a more-accessible alternative. Distance by the map for day 2: 8 km.Total hiking time: 6.5 hours 4th day Sombrio to Botanical- Challenging due to the length rather than the terrain. There is all the food you will need to bring with you on the trail. 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. We did 4 days/ 4 nights. A brief 2km to Mystic Beach for our first night. Hiking the JDF was an unforgettable experience, full of highs and lows. 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 JDF offers incredible scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities but doesn’t require any permits to be secured in advance like the WCT does. “Most rocks are covered with living plants and animals – step carefully to avoid crushing them. It’s definitely challenging but this trail has everything from scenic ocean views, dark moody forests, sprawling beaches, to beautiful waterfalls. On day three we slept in, again, uneager to start tackling the unforgiving trail on another foggy morning. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is found on the southwest of Vancouver Island, and offers beautiful coastal hiking and opportunities for viewing a large … West Sombrio is most popular with surfers and day-hikers so options may be limited. 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. The trail carries alongside and over beautiful pebble beaches, waterfalls, suspension bridges, and the occasional pit of mud. This 47-km trail alternates between rugged coast and inland forest and rivals the more publicized West Coast Trail in scenic amazingness--without the permit quotas. Driftwood smaller than your wrist should be used. May 16 - September 30 Bus service runs EVERY DAY CANCELLATIONS REQUIRE 10 DAYS NOTICE *Nanaimo Shuttle Bus Service: We As of 2020, it is $10/person/night ($5 for children ages 6-15). But the 26 km we’d already covered had taken a toll, leaving us blistered, wet, sore, and fatigued. Taking a break along the trail My wife voted to push on to Sombrio Beach where the ocean views were. Enter your email to receive the free PDF version of this guide, including the gear checklist. Got hit with roaming charges since we were so close to the US border, so make sure your roaming settings are turned off. Okay, there can be lots of mud. Ferry. However, it rewards those willing to tackle the trail with incredible scenery and a sure-to-be unforgettable adventure at the western edge of the world. A few of these sections have inland routes you can take if you get cut off by the high tide. The trek begins…. It had rained off and on since we began hiking, and we were hoping for a change in fortunes for our final two days on the trail. The slot canyon leading from the base of the falls It is easiest to pay in advance online, but there are self-registration forms at the Botanical Beach and China Beach Trailheads. Our #1 hike in the world — West Coast Trail — was closed all of 2020 due to COVID. Lifestraw bottles also a great idea. Bear to mystic: sure it’s an easier day objectively, but this was the last leg of our trip and we were pretty tired. Follow the creek inland and upstream and within a few minutes you will see the waterfall! A one-time donation through PayPal helps with monthly website hosting costs. Tired, wet, and hungry, we arrived at Sombrio Beach. The biggest factor may be for logistical reasons of how you plan to get onto and off the trail, and the times of the bus. There is the hiking gear you will need to buy if you don’t already have it. We have some basic wildlife safety information here. coastal hike of 47km (29mi) sharing one of the WCT trailheads – Port Renfrew Distance: 47 kmCumulative Elevation Change**: 1,700 mHighest Point: 180 mTime Needed: Multi-dayType: Point-to-point, Season: Year-roundDogs Allowed: Yes, on-leashEst. But several sections of jaw-dropping scenery, and more waterfalls, made it all worth it. Hiking poles are a must. A challenging trail with epic scenery and plenty of creeks to enjoy. Campsites are first come, first served with the exception of China Beach Campground – which isn’t really on the trail anyway. As we were having our breakfast and packing up, we saw a humpback whale and just after a dolphin in the waters just in front of our campsite. After a short break at the scenic, and on this day, busy Mystic Beach, we just had two kilometers left before we were back at our car, which would hopefully still have all its windows. We woke up early in the morning, hit up Tim Hortons for a coffee, then drove to the China Beach trailhead. Bear beach to chin beach was the elevator ride from hell. Fires must be below the high-tide line on the beach and cannot be started in the forest. Pack out your toilet paper, or dispose of it in one of the campsite outhouses. Learn More. Think carefully about much food you’ll need. Featuring over 110 hiking trails around Vancouver, this eBook produced by Outdoor Vancouver is your guide to the best hikes in southwest British Columbia. You can access the beach from the campsite, but the camping area itself is less-than-scenic. 3rd day: Chin to Sombrio- moderately challenging but it has some very beautiful views and trails along the ridge. Remember to take everything with you when you leave the campsite. Little Kuitshe Creek leaves something to be desired compared to the other campsites. This is especially true in the busier summer months, and at the Chin, Bear, and Sombrio beaches. Doesn’t require securing a permit in advance. Remove wrappers in advance so you don’t have to worry about garbage. There are also trailheads at Sombrio Beach and Parkinson Creek. Your email address will not be published. 12: VANCOUVER-Vancouver and Howe Sound. After that, we went back to our room and made our final preparations for the hike. 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. Little Kuitsche Creek and Payzant Creek are forest campsites. Enjoying camping on Bear Beach, Your email address will not be published. Along the final stretch of trail. Hiking conditions are always changing and hikers should obtain up-to-date information before proceeding on a hike by checking the trailhead information shelters. Use only driftwood and do not cut any tree branches or any other living vegetation to use in your fire. At 47 kilometers, the Juan de Fuca Marine trail picks up where the West Coast trail ends and is a relatively easier trail to do. And it's … Lots of mud. And don’t bring non-essential items. It was a difficult 4 days but the challenge was worth it in every way. You will need to pay for B.C. Because the WCT is closed everyone seems to be hitting up Juan De Fuca and the trail doesnt look like it can take the traffic. Watching a thunder storm roll in to the south of us during sunset at chin beach was incredible! Leave nothing valuable in your car. can get cellphone signal the entire route if you go roaming. 5 thoughts on “ juan de fuca trail: sombrio beach to parkinson creek ” pingback: juan de fuca trail: sombrÍo beach a parkinson creek – al was here. 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. For driving, you can take Hwy #14 from Victoria to China Beach (directions), or to Botanical Beach (directions). Looking for the most amazing hikes near Vancouver? Gaiters will probably be very helpful with the mud, especially in the spring and early summer. 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. Use only biodegradable soap if necessary. Use caution. 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. These natural objects provide important shelter and protection for smaller marine animals. pingback: information in juan de fuca marine trail: stages, campsites, dangers, transportation – al was here Trekking poles are also highly recommended. 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. Took my 11 year old girls on it and they did great. To get an idea of the difficult nature of the trail, consider this: The trail reaches its highest point at about 180 m. Yet the total cumulative elevation gain (estimated) is about 1,700 m! Absolutely outstanding! Do not remove rocks, shells, wood, plants, or any other natural items from the park. Unfortunately sombrio was insanely busy with front country campers, at least 200 ppl camping on the beach so we kept going another 4km to Kutshie camp and found an amazing beach front spot to camp for the night, outside of the designated camping area. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is ideal for day hikes. Tired, and wanting to get to the campsite as soon as possible, we gambled and took the beach route, racing against the tide as fast as our tired legs could take us over the rocky shore. Lots of ups and downs as there are many water outflows to go through. Join us at patreon.com/outdoorvancouver. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a remarkable multi-day hike along the coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, progressing over beautiful beaches and through spectacular indigenous forest. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail covers 47 kilometres of dense, coastal forest. Luckily, each of the campsites has outhouses. **Aproximate – I’m not sure how accurate that is but that is the number from my Suunto 9 watch hiking the entire trail. There were several elevated lookouts over the ocean and across to the United States. We loved the campfires at night. Outdoor Vancouver © 2020Disclaimer: The information in this website should not be taken as accurate, complete or up-to-date. The trail is usually completed in 3-5 days and can be hiked north-to-south or south-to-north. Thank you! There are also many on and off options so you can The beach was our obvious preference, but this particular beach had a high-tide cutoff point. I sprained my ankle with 12 km left to Renfrew but we just taped it tight and took Arnika. More details and registration can be found here. We had a campfire and watched the ocean waves until it was time to sleep. Allows dogs, on-leash (though it is not recommended to bring them due to the difficulty of the trail). Day 1: Mystic to Chin. Juan de Fuca Marine Trail (42 km) - Google My Maps Juan de Fuca Marine Trail JDF1 (Botanical to Sombrio 16 km) JDF2 (Sombrio to Bear 15 km) The Juan de Fuca Trail is open year round and reservations are not required for backcountry camping. $25 on amazon. Parkinson to Sombrio: At the time the road to Botanical Beach was still blocked off bc of the bear and bear traps, we didn’t know where we could park close to there, and also note there was some major road construction which probably wasted 45 minutes total both ways. Did it in 4 nights. China Beach to bear beach was nice and chill. Yes, there is potentially dangerous wildlife. 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