The trail starts at a steady incline. After 6 or 7 minutes, you'll reach a stream that is easily crossed. Cross the stream and hike up to a well cleared and wide pathway. Turn right and continue down the pathway. Continue down the pathway with the stream on your right for approximately 30 minutes. You'll cross a bridge. 200 meters after doing so, you'll reach a fork in the path. Go left. The path will become narrower. The rest of the trail is generally well marked, although some areas are tricky. The GPS data covers the trail up to a fantastic viewpoint of Mt. Braden and surrounding hills. To continue to the summit of Mt. Braden, follow the well marked footpath that extends a further 20 minutes to the peak.
Very secluded area. Hundreds of arbutus trees that glow beautifully in the sunshine. Some points require challenging climbing. Lots of opportunity for boldering or rock climbing near the summit.
The trail head coordinates are N 48,25.000 & W 123,35.028. There is an area for parking a few hundred metres from the trail head.
NOTE from a local resident on Sooke Rd:
There is no legal access to these rails from Sooke road. All of the east side of Sooke road is private property and closed to the public. The west side is a mix of private property and government lands which are closed to the public. If you choose to hike these trails, you will be trespassing. You may be charged, fined, and/or jailed. For legal access, lobby the Capital Region District Parks Board and your local politicians.
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Posted By: Kiwibirdman
- Sun May 10 23:14:58 EDT 2009
UpsideFollowed the route on the GPS and was very impressed. Very good route!
DownsideIt was hard not to trample wildflowers or moss carpets on the second half of the trail on the way to the summit.
CommentAwesome views! I could barely see the city!