Bear Hill: Summit 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.
|Duration Class:||Short Hike|
|Seasons:||Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall|
|Difficulty Description:||Medium difficulty. Steady incline.|
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|Duration One-Way (solo):||11 min|
|Duration Round-Trip (solo):||22 min|
|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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