NTS Map:92B5. At Muir Creek you can walk down to the mouth of the Orveas Bay estuary (west side of the creek) and along the cobble beach that faces the Juan de Fuca Straight. Along the beach to the west, you can find fossils preserved in the sandstone cliff face and rocks on the shore.
A 6 kilometre round trip hike along the beach will take about three to four hours to complete, as the cobble can be difficult to walk along. From the parking lot, a hard packed dirt path leads you to beginning of the beach area. The piles of driftwood and bull kelp that line high tide mark on the south west shore of the estuary soon give way to the narrow beach that is boarded by steep cliffs. Be sure to check the tide tables, as much of the beach is impassable at high tides.
There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.
Highway 14 from Sooke, to the parking lot 50 metres east of Muir Creek bridge at 10U 436005E 5358984N.
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Posted By: Moss Troopers
- Wed Jan 13 02:32:11 UTC 2010
UpsideThe fossils are really neat. This is the only place I've seen fossils outside of a museum. DownsideThe beach is rocky and difficult to walk on. Aside from the fossils, there's not much to see.
Posted By: Kath
- Sun Feb 12 04:28:20 UTC 2006
CommentThere is good hiking up Muir Creek too, through old growth woodlands. We [muircreekprotectionsociety.org] are trying to get this area preserved as a park, as it is currently owned by a logging company and is being logged. If you like this area, check our website for more about it.