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Juan de Fuca
posted by: rosie82   email this member
Posted Tuesday, May 6 at 2:42 AM
Tue, May 6 at 02:42 AM
Regarding trail Juan de Fuca trail near Victoria, BC

Which trailhead is best to start at? Botanical beach or China Beach? Are there any major elevation gains that would be best to hike down instead of up... from what i can tell the trail is mostly up and down, but having trouble actually finding a trail profile on this trail.

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trails page for mike@mikesphotos.caRe: Juan de Fuca ( Mike Rocheleau )  email this member
Posted Tuesday, May 6 at 3:59 AM
Tue, May 6 at 03:59 AM
Regarding trail Juan de Fuca trail near Victoria, BC rail-near-Victoria-BC-776

Starting at China Beach gives you the hard stuff first with the heaviest pack weight for it, where starting at Botanical Beach gives you the easy stuff when you have a heavy pack. The first day on either end is pretty straight forward, but the Botanical side is easier I'd say...having finished on it twice, never started there though.

The bulk of ups and downs occur between Bear and Chin beach for sure, with some notables between Sombrio and Parkinson area, or maybe that area has always just felt harder for us because of the atmosphere of it...lots of clearcut, dead areas. Less interesting ;)

But then factor in the placement of your vehicle, the ease of camping/hotel on the first and last nights, or driving back at the end of a long day. Lots of things to consider. But ultimately, the most incline/decline occurs between Bear/Chin for sure, and it's either 'get it over with early and feel like the rest of the hike is a cakewalk' or 'push through it second to last day with your legs used to hiking and your pack weight diminished'.

I'd like to try Botanical to China direction once to see what it's like, but I do have a leaning towards the opposite because I've done it twice, so take what you will from that :D

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