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Individual Trail

South Island / Central Saanich

22 min driving from Downtown Victoria

A relatively short hike of only 1.5 km roundtrip, however the steady and quick incline of 130 metres, provides spectacular views to the north of Saanich and Haro Straight. Not for the faint of heart, this intermediate trek climbs steeply, and the rocky terrain can be slippery at times, so it’s essential to be careful with your footing. The trailhead is to the right of the parking lot, and starts out densely forested, but quickly becomes more sparse as you climb in elevation. As you follow the trail, you will come across several junctions. At the first one, keep to the left, making your way upwards through rocky outcrops. Take another left at the next junction, following it another couple hundred meters until the trail branches off to the right. This trail will take you to the summit of Bear Hill and provide you with the most outstanding views! To return to the parking lot, retrace your route going back down the hill, being mindful of possible slippery rocks and outcrops.

  • 22 min from Downtown Victoria
  • Linear
  • 0.75 km (one-way)
  • 11 minutes solo one-way
  • 22 minutes solo | 29 minutes group round-trip
  • 126 meters elevation (one-way)
  • Medium difficulty
  • Part of the larger Bear Hill trail network!
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Christina
Duration Class:Short Hike
Seasons:Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:Medium difficulty. Steady incline.
Cell Service:Unknown
First Listed:2018-Apr-05
Last Updated:2018-Apr-05
GPS Notes
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Duration One-Way (solo):11 min
Duration Round-Trip (solo):22 min
Trailhead GPS:48.546612000,-123.412740000
Trailend GPS:48.545640000,-123.405800000
Distance:0.75 km (one-way)
Elevation at Start:97 meters
Elevation at End:211 meters
Elevation Minimum:97 meters
Elevation Maximum:215 meters
Elevation Gain:126 meters (one-way)
Elevation Loss:-16 meters (one-way)
Slope Up:22.40% (one-way)
Slope Down:-12.50% (one-way)
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