Bear Hill

Bear Hill near Victoria, BC


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
1 km
1 hour
moderate
Hiking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Victoria, BC
User katherinebickford
NTS Map:92B11. At first glance, the trail in this 49 hectare park appears to be a quick stroll through the trees; the CRD website refers to a 30 minute hike on "gentle forest trails". The truth of the summit trail is that it is a 400 metre uphill scramble over bare rock, crushed rock, and tree roots, with an elevation gain of 108 metres. The park trails are steep, rocky and have some interesting sections with loose rock. The trails will be very slippery during rainy weather.

Hiking to the summit of Bear Hill rewards you with good views of Sidney, the Saanich Peninsula, Mount Baker, and the San Juan and Gulf Islands. On a warm day, you can expect to see bald eagles riding the thermals over the north side of the hill. All in all, it's well worth the climb to the summit for the views and the cardio workout.

Numerous branch trails take you to view points, and can be used to extend your visit to the park. The GPS data track and waypoints follow the direct route to the summit.

There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.

Directions:

Pat Bay Highway to Sayward Drive. Turn left at Hamsterly Road, then right at Brookleigh Road, right at Oldfield Road and again right on Bear Hill Road. The parking lot is small, holding about 6 cars. The trail head is 20 metres further up the road, at 10U 469514N 5377101E

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By richardh216@hotmail.comPosted By: richardh216@hotmail.com  - Mon Sep 02 12:12:02 EDT 2013 Not Rated Comment Just read the posts and sounds nice. Have yet to do this one but I think I will park @ Beaver plot and run to the hill summit and run back. ala zruth good cardio thanks more upon completion
By xruthPosted By: xruth  - Wed Jun 23 18:06:11 EDT 2010 Not Rated Upside good short cardio run with fantastic view at the top. connects to elk lake if you need a bit more Downside short
By Moss TroopersPosted By: Moss Troopers  - Fri Jan 08 18:00:51 EST 2010 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Close to town but not usually busy Downside It's very short. Comment This would be nice if it could be combined with another short hike within walking distance. However, the only near by hike that I know of is Elk/Beaver lake which I find long and boring.
By KiwibirdmanPosted By: Kiwibirdman  - Wed Feb 25 15:56:34 EST 2009 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Great views of the area. Downside Too short Comment CRD regional parks are awesome!
By admlynPosted By: admlyn  - Sun Jun 03 14:26:35 EDT 2007 This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars Upside It's close to the city and not busy. Downside It's short. It took 12 minutes to get to the top and we stopped 3 times. Comment Once at the top the view was great, and there were 3 or 4 eagles and 5 or 6 hawks flying around. The hike seemed hard at first but it's quick. I was expecting more of a work out, or at least a longer workout.


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