NTS Map:92B11. Mount Douglas Park encompasses a wide range of trails, leading from the beach at Cordova Bay to the spectacular 228 metre summit. Although cycling is prohibited on the park trails, cyclists can branch off the Lochside Trail and enjoy the steep 1.5 km ride up Churchill Drive to the summit parking lot.
Parking is available at the Cordova Bay picnic site, the park summit, and at the base of Churchill drive. Some of the park trails start on Cordova Bay Road; however there is no parking in this area.
The Merriman Trail to the summit has steep sections that can be slippery, the Irvine and Norn Trails are easy.
At the summit, the 360 degree view of Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula, and the Malahat is superb; on clear days the Cascade and Olympic ranges, Gulf and San Juan Islands are viewable.
The sand beach of Cordova Bay is well worth a visit, as are the picnic and playground areas. A large stone fireplace and picnic tables makes this a great rallying point for group trips.
There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.
Churchill Drive, off Cordova Bay Road in Gordon Head, Victoria
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Posted By: rdtrailpeak
- Tue Sep 28 00:35:53 EDT 2010
Upsidegood article. there are some pretty good trails on the south side. And there a pretty cool old mining cave. There is a utube video home doc on finding the cave and exploring it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ca2BRuuCWU enjoy
Posted By: wji
- Sun Apr 12 11:41:50 EDT 2009
DownsideTrails are not maintained and poorly marked; especially, in the western side of the park.
CommentMy flickr photos and comments Re: Mt. Douglas and Little Mt. Doug http://www.flickr.com/photos/wjis21/sets/72157616137531439/ Saanich council approved a plan to close Churchill Drive to cars every day until noon for a trial period until September 20, 2009.
Posted By: mharvard
- Sat Apr 11 03:54:00 EDT 2009
UpsideNice beginners hike to a more challenging hike up the side
DownsideCan be very busy as there is a road up to the top meaning that in the summer there will be tour buses driving to enjoy the view.
CommentTaking the road is pretty boring but if you are up to the adventure and taking the deer trails up and hiking the backside or some of the rocks then this hike will be a lot more rewarding. Very nice view from the top