South Island / Shawnigan Lake
45 min driving from Downtown Victoria
The summit of Baldy Mountain in Shawnigan Lake rewards hikers with spectacular 360 degree views over Shawnigan Lake, the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands. There are a few different trails to the summit, but for this map we took the easiest route - the main roadway which starts at the RED gate on Strathcona Heights Road (not the yellow gate further down the road). The road/trail is wide and consists of small to medium sized rocks. There is enough elevation gain to get your heart pumping, but as there's no roots or scrambling required, it's not too technically challenging. I did bring my walking poles though, as it helped me with my footing on the loose rocks, particularly when descending. There are some trails that go off of the main road which allow some more invigorating ascents, but the view at the top is the same no matter how you get there, so we took it easy. Just before you arrive at the summit, there is a short walk off the main road to take in the best views over Shawnigan Lake. When you rejoin the road it is a short walk to the summit and an incredible view over the ocean to the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands.
|Duration Class:||Short Hike|
|Seasons:||Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall|
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|Duration One-Way (solo):||35 min|
|Duration Round-Trip (solo):||58 min|
|Distance:||1.59 km (one-way)|
|Elevation at Start:||258 meters|
|Elevation at End:||461 meters|
|Elevation Minimum:||258 meters|
|Elevation Maximum:||465 meters|
|Elevation Gain:||217 meters (one-way)|
|Elevation Loss:||-13 meters (one-way)|
|Slope Up:||14.70% (one-way)|
|Slope Down:||-6.10% (one-way)|
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