shwt-viewThe largest park in the region, the Sooke Hills provides a buffer to Greater Victoria Water Supply Catchment and includes Mount Braden which at (471m) is one of the highest peaks in the CRD Regional Parks system. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail within the park is part of The Great Trail route.

Trail Rating: Challenging - not suitable for all ages and abilities
Size: 4090 ha
Location: Langford and Juan de Fuca Electoral Area
Established: 2017
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Features

  • Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail (forms part of The Great Trail) video
  • Goldstream River suspension bridge timelapse video 
  • Viewing platform at Waugh Creek Falls
  • Peaceful forest scenes and hilltop vistas

Things to Do

shwt-overhangSooke Hills Wilderness Trail offers outstanding hiking and cycling, and in some sections, horseback riding, that spans rivers, forests and hilltops.

Note: The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is challenging and is not an all ages and abilities route.

The 13km unpaved trail offers a unique wilderness experience as it travels through remote areas and wildlife habitat. The trail lies between the Humpback Reservoir in Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park and the Capital Regional District-Cowichan Valley Regional District boundary. Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail provides part of both The Great Trail and the Vancouver Island Spine Trail routes.

The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail provides an opportunity to connect with nature; to experience and benefit from this natural landscape. The trail travels through both open areas and sheltered woodlands.

Rest at the viewing platform, 2.5 km from the Humpback trailhead, to take in the sights and sounds of Waugh Creek Falls, which flows forcefully in the winter and spring. From there, it is 0.5km to the suspension bridge across the Goldstream River.

shwt-steepThe hilltop vistas of the surrounding mountains and Finlayson Arm are spectacular in the northern section. There are views of Greater Victoria in the distance. The views are the reward for the effort made to reach the top!

Equestrians are permitted on the north end of the trail, from the Cowichan Valley Regional District-Capital Regional District boundary southwards for 4km.

There are steep grades up to 16%, narrow sections and rocky, gravel surfaces along the route. Hike and ride within your limits and on sections of the trail suitable to your skill level. This is a shared-use trail, please watch for other users and travel at safe speeds.

Amenities

There are 3 information kiosks, 2 toilets, a viewing platform and suspension bridge.

How to Get There

By vehicle from Victoria to south trail head

From the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) exit at the Millstream/Sooke exit. Follow the Sooke exit onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Follow Veterans Memorial and turn right onto the Langford Parkway. Follow Langford Parkway to the second round-about. At this round-about exit onto Westshore Parkway and immediately turn right onto Meridian Avenue. Turn left onto Irwin Road and follow it to Humpback Road. Turn left on Humpback Road. There are two parking lots at the entrance to Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park.

By vehicle from Shawnigan Lake to north trail head

There is no CRD parking lot at the north trail head. A Cowichan Valley Regional District parking lot for the Cowichan Valley Trail is located on Sooke Lake Road in Shawnigan Lake. Follow the trail south for 9 kms where it joins to the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail north trail head.

By bike or foot from Victoria to south trail head

Follow the Galloping Goose Regional Trail that begins at Harbour Road in Victoria for approximately 15 km. Follow “The Great Trail” signage in the City of Langford to Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park on Humpback Road. Two parking lots provide access to Sooke Hills Wilderness and Mount Wells Regional Parks.

By bike or foot from Shawnigan Lake to north trail head

Follow the Cowichan Valley Trail – Malahat Connector south from the Sooke Lake Road entrance for approximately 9 km, where it joins Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail north trail head.


3030 Humpback Rd
Victoria
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This Place is Wild: Use Caution

You are sharing this natural area with large carnivores such as bears, cougars, and wolves.

  • Stay alert. Wildlife may be in the area. Watch for signs such as tracks, claw marks on trees and scat.
  • Make noise to avoid surprise encounters, especially around blind corners and areas with dense vegetation.
  • Do not approach or feed wildlife. Keep a minimum viewing distance of 100 m from bears, cougars, and wolves and 30 m from other animals.
  • Dogs must be kept on leash at all times to reduce the risk of encounters with large carnivores.
  • Do not leave children or pets unattended.

Help reduce human-wildlife conflicts:

Steep Sections

The trail is challenging and not designed for all ages and abilities. There are steep grades up to 16%, narrow sections and rocky, gravel surfaces along the route. Hike and ride within your limits and on sections of the trail suitable to your skill level. This is a shared-use trail, please watch for other users and travel at safe speeds.

Please conserve our Parks

  • Motorized vehicles, camping, open fires, smoking, and alcohol are prohibited.
  • Stay on the designated trail.
  • Public access to the Drinking Water Protection Zone and The Greater Victoria Water Supply Area is not permitted. Please respect the no public access areas within
    the park to help safeguard this vital resource.
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times.
  • Pick up after your pet.
  • Pack out all garbage.

Trail Habits

  • Keep right and anticipate other users along the trail. 
  • Slow down when around other trail users.
  • Alert others of your approach. 
  • Cyclists must yield to others.

Dog Restrictions

Dogs must be on leash at all times.

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