Lots of mud. Some parts of the trail are very steep and requires some scrambling. 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. The Juan de Fuca trail is MUCH cheaper than the West Coast Trail. We checked into an Airbnb near Sooke. The Sombrio Beach waterfall There was one big climb about 2 km before Bear Beach which had about 100 m of elevation, which really tired us out. The Juan de Fuca Trail is a 47km marine trail that starts at multiple areas (China Beach or Botanical Beach being 2 of the popular). Botanical Beach was closed to day visitors due to a problematic bear but that trail that runs parallel to the beach is still open. More muddy trails There are three different creeks and camping areas along Bear Beach. So proud of the kids for doing so well on their first multi-day hike, carrying their packs. Distance by the map for day 1: 18 km.Total hiking time: 10 hours. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail travels 29 miles along Vancouver Island's southern coast. For the most part the trail is well marked, however there were a few places where there seemed to be a few paths that you could take and it wasn’t always clear which was the best route. Hikers are encouraged to plan ahead of time and be prepared for the conditions. Fires are not permitted at these sites. I felt a bit bad hiking this trail and adding to the distress of the ecosystem. Right next door is the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. We stopped in Victoria to grab a few things from MEC and have lunch. No tips except that hiking poles saved my knees big time, and to take it one step at a time - keep on swimmin! There will be ongoing constructions and upgrading of … Follow the creek inland and upstream and within a few minutes you will see the waterfall! Hiking poles are a must. There is a fantastic waterfall at East Sombrio. We parked our car, then waited on the highway for the West Coast Express. 12km of ups and downs, it was an absolute grind but we muscled through it. As of 2020, it is $10/person/night ($5 for children ages 6-15). Day 1: Mystic to Chin. There is the Trail Bus (see: Getting There) you might take to get from one trailhead to the other. Bear to mystic: sure it’s an easier day objectively, but this was the last leg of our trip and we were pretty tired. Throw your raincoat on ASAP when it starts to pour bc the water soaked my tshirt, dripped down my pants, past my gaiters and into my socks and boots... The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is designed as a wilderness hiking trail. Luckily, each of the campsites has outhouses. Okay, there can be lots of mud. Help keep the drinking water sterile. We had a campfire and watched the ocean waves until it was time to sleep. Tired, wet, and hungry, we arrived at Sombrio Beach. 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! Gaiters will probably be very helpful with the mud, especially in the spring and early summer. Plan a route and agree upon everything with your hiking partners. 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. Remove wrappers in advance so you don’t have to worry about garbage. It was our hottest and longest day on the beach, so was my favourite. Below are some etiquette guidelines, but these are by no means comprehensive. 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. Your route may vary. Hiking the Juan de Fuca Trail on Vancouver Island. Often overlooked in favor of the West Coast Trail, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a far less expensive and equally beautiful option. First, you will need to get to Vancouver Island by B.C. There will be ongoing constructions and upgrading of the trail for a number of years. All have nearby water sources, pit toilets, and food caches. Our #1 hike in the world — West Coast Trail — was closed all of 2020 due to COVID. May 16 - September 30 Bus service runs EVERY DAY CANCELLATIONS REQUIRE 10 DAYS NOTICE *Nanaimo Shuttle Bus Service: We The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a strenuous, multi-day hike in a rugged and isolated environment and park users should plan accordingly. The clouds lifted a few hours into our day and the sun finally came out. There are tent pads at West Sombrio you are encouraged to use. Don’t count on it. Unless you live there, you will need to either fly in or take a B.C. But, no you shouldn’t worry too much. Mystic Beach looking north Become a Patron! These natural objects provide important shelter and protection for smaller marine animals. We woke up early in the morning, hit up Tim Hortons for a coffee, then drove to the China Beach trailhead. Becoming a Patron through Patreon unlocks all sorts of membership benefits and rewards. Best not to look at the km markers since it feels like watching a pot boil! You still get to see amazing vistas and shoreline and yea bears but without the difficult rope and ladder challenges on the WCT. The Juan de Fuca Trail is open year round and reservations are not required for backcountry camping. coastal hike of 47km (29mi) sharing one of the WCT trailheads – Port Renfrew It is ideal as an entry level backpacking trip and offers spectacular natural beauty, excellent hikes, and marine wildlife viewing. You will need to pay for B.C. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a great shorter less difficult alternative to the West Coast Trail. Trekking poles are also highly recommended. Day 2: Chin to Parkinson. We decided to go to Parkinson Creek trailhead which cut about 10km (ish) off our trek to Sombrio. The reader is warned that it is unreasonable to rely solely upon the above information. 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. 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. Botanical Beach on a misty morning You should check this information yourself. 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. It’s definitely challenging but this trail has everything from scenic ocean views, dark moody forests, sprawling beaches, to beautiful waterfalls. Use only driftwood and do not cut any tree branches or any other living vegetation to use in your fire. Please keep dogs on a leash”. Ended at the recommended Parkson creek entrance. Leave nothing valuable in your car. Eff that place There was probably 30 people maybe. Otherwise, its preferred if you dig a hole in the forest or on the beach below the tide line, and cover it up. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Hiking poles - needed for balance, getting through the mud, saving the precious knees, and assisting on the ascents. Enter your email to receive the free PDF version of this guide, including the gear checklist. After that, we went back to our room and made our final preparations for the hike. Making our way along the damp trail. You can use these trailheads if you want to access the trail for day hiking, or don’t wish to through-hike the entire length of the JDF. The Juan De Fuca Marine Trail is a really beautiful and scenic trail from start to finish. When we finally hit the trail, right away there was a huge mud pit as we left Chin Beach. When finished with the fire, fully extinguish it with water. Use outhouses at the campsites and do not relieve yourself anywhere near a stream or source of fresh water. 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. That’s a lot of up and down, up and down…. There are six campsites in total. You do need to be prepared for an encounter. The Juan De Fuca trail is rugged, and has much more elevation gain and loss. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. However, because the distance from Sombrio to Botanical Beach is 18 km, you may need to camp here or at Payzant Creek. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail covers 47 kilometres of dense, coastal forest. 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 is a multi-day hike along the west coast of southern Vancouver Island. 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. 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. Reduce weight at every possible chance. $25-35 on amazon. As such, the guide below is a personal trip report from my own hike of the Juan de Fuca Trail in 2020. As always, it is best to hike by Leave No Trace principles (link in the resources section for more info). 11: VICTORIA-Strait of Juan de Fuca east of Victoria; Haro Strait; Boundary Passage; Gulf Islands; Strait of Georgia. Is much easier to get onto the trail, and is logistically easier to plan. Click following button or element on the map to see information about it. Hiking the JDF was an unforgettable experience, full of highs and lows. Driftwood smaller than your wrist should be used. Dogs should be kept on-leash. It was a difficult 4 days but the challenge was worth it in every way. There are 6 high tide cut off points. 3rd day: Chin to Sombrio- moderately challenging but it has some very beautiful views and trails along the ridge. You can leave your car at one trailhead and take the bus to the other. The trail is busy from mid-June through to early September, with peak times in July and August. We are committed to keeping Outdoor Vancouver free and independent, but we need to find other ways to continue operating this site.If you like our hiking guides, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution – any amount helps! I voted to set up camp at the less-than-scenic Little Kuitshe campsite and rest for the night. 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. A one-time donation through PayPal helps with monthly website hosting costs. Want to connect with other local hikers? The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail offers an incredible challenge full of technical and rugged terrain, with plenty of ups and downs, twists and turns. Amazing trail. Kind of scary, we felt like we dodged a bullet. For your afternoon outing (you thought you were done? 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. 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. There are also trailheads at Sombrio Beach and Parkinson Creek. 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. The stairs and walkways between Sombrio and Parkinson weren’t in the best condition. We hiked from Botanical Beach to China Beach over 3 nights and 4 days. Yes and no. Required fields are marked *. 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. Not sure how long it will be closed and I can’t find info online. Vehicles can be left in the parking areas at the China Beach and Botanical Beach trailheads. 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. 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. You won’t miss them once you’re out on the trail, and you’ll be thankful your bag is that much lighter. As we made our way towards Parkinson Creek, however, the trail went inland and became progressively more difficult. We loved the campfires at night. The untreated wood along the trail is often more dangerous due to either decay or slippery. On day three we slept in, again, uneager to start tackling the unforgiving trail on another foggy morning. The Juan de Fuca trail winds it’s way right through the parking lot and keeps going. With suspension bridges, rope swings, caves, beautiful beaches, whale watching and waterfalls, there is fun for everyone. Encompassing over 47 km (21 miles) of trails winding through the rainforest and along the wild Pacific coastlines, this park is guaranteed to provide a sense of solitude and peace with true West Coast nature. And collect the water from as far upstream as possible. Then, be ready to be flexible with those plans once you start hiking as things almost never go to plan. It is recommended you book your spot on the bus in advance. 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. Sombrio to Chin : We were absolutely laughing at how easy this was, especially after going through hell the day before. The park is approximately 1,500 hectares (about 3700 acres) with a continuous wilderness hiking trail following about 47 km (29 miles) of coastline. Overall very successful trip. It is easiest to pay in advance online, but there are self-registration forms at the Botanical Beach and China Beach Trailheads. We were able to relax, read some books, have a fire, and enjoy an incredible sunset. I’ve been very blessed this year to be able to go on not one but TWO amazing backpacking adventures. We had breakfast, coffee, filled our water bottles, and then explored around Sombrio beach. You can also hike north-to-south or south-to-north. This campsite must be reserved. Earlier this summer I hiked the 180km Sunshine Coast Trail over 10 days. 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. pingback: juan de fuca marine trail: china beach to bear beach – al was here. Treat all your water. 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. Starting at Botanical is about a 3 day trek to the other end of this 1-way route. 2nd day: Bear to Chin- Very challenging with lots of elevation changes 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. 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. Got stung by a wasp which was insanely painful, so bring some antihistamines and afterbite. Multiple hikers including us got stung. Doesn’t require securing a permit in advance. Hopefully it will reopen in 2021. 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. This guide is not written like the other hiking guides on this site, which provide a clear route description to get from point A to B. 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. The slot canyon leading from the base of the falls A challenging trail with epic scenery and plenty of creeks to enjoy. 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. To access the Juan de Fuca Trail at the west end, please use the Parkinson Creek Trailhead. But the 26 km we’d already covered had taken a toll, leaving us blistered, wet, sore, and fatigued. The mud continued to be an annoyance, as did the periodic rain. The trail is located in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park offering scenic beauty, spectacular hiking, wildlife viewing and roaring surf along the Pacific coastline of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. 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! The Fees are $5.00 per night based on self-registration (as of 2016 and is subject to change. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail was created through the Commonwealth Nature Legacy to commemorate the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC. There were several elevated lookouts over the ocean and across to the United States. We passed by a re-routed section of trail that had been washed out by a recent mudslide. Though this makes it feel a little less ‘wild’ or ‘off the grid’ than the WCT. 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. The waterfall was one of the top highlights of the trail. There also isn’t much space for camping, and this site is often used by campers coming down from the parking lot who aren’t hiking the length of the trail. There are three designated camping areas at Sombrio – East Sombrio, Sombrio, and West Sombrio. The trail stretches from China Beach, 35 km west of Sooke, to Botanical Beach, just outside Port Renfrew. 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 trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Both of these towns have a few options for accommodations if you need them before/after your trek (either hotels or Airbnb). pingback: information in juan de fuca marine trail: stages, campsites, dangers, transportation – al was here By providing this information, Bottletop Media does not assume any liability for the use of this information by our readers. You will receive the file immediately in your email, and will also gain access to the monthly Outdoor Vancouver newsletter. 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. Water. Bear beach to chin beach was the elevator ride from hell. Camping at Bear Beach. Bath and wash dishes in the ocean or at the mouths of rivers. Logistically, it is a lot easier to get onto the trail, and it certainly has fewer ladders to contend with. Chin Beach in the morning SEATTLE-Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Victoria. Mystic Beach looking south (towards the waterfall). It is up to you to assess whether or not the trail is suitable for your dog. Distance by the map for day 3: 11 km.Total hiking time: 4.5 hours. The trail was really nice with lots of views of the ocean. Absolutely outstanding! Backcountry passes for camping and important notices can be found on the BC Parks website: http://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/juan_de_fuca/#WalkInCamping We went South to North. You may not be able to pass along the beach during high tide at these points. Looking for the most amazing hikes near Vancouver? Started Aug 21; 4 days 3 nights. Carrying on through the forest The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is designed as a wilderness hiking trail. One of many incredible views along the JDF. Ferry or by airplane (Victoria has an international airport). Fires. Thank you! Those sightings would turn out to be a good omen for the day ahead. Beware that some beach routes cannot be taken at high tide. The trail would continue to be exceedingly difficult and slow going in sections. Hikers should be prepared for uneven ground and slippery conditions on muddy trails, wooden surfaces, boulders, and rocky … If you have any questions, or advice for future travellers, let’s hear it in the comments below! If that happened, we’d have to double-back to get onto the inland trail, and would surely be hiking into the darkness. Driving Time from Vancouver: Half-dayTrailhead Coordinates: Botanical Beach: 48.533435, -124.443411, China Beach: 48.437935, -124.092814. Bear Beach. They are also the two northern-most campsites. 90% of the trail was dry with about 10% being muddy with a few really bad sections among that. 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