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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

The parking lot can get very full but you can access both Mystic Beach and China Beach. Path to China Beach is quite easy and wide, the trail to Mystic Beach is more rough. Pictures of Mystic Beach were taken on the same day within...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SRfromLondon
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

We backpacked the south portion and drove up to Port Renfew after to see what it was looking like. Both Mystic and Bear exceeded our expectations. We tented on both beaches and felt like the only people in the world. It was marvellous. We had...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

This hike has often been referred to as the "baby west coast trail". It was not nearly as advertised. There was virtually no maintenance done along the trail making for dangerous conditions throughout. Many bridges are broken along the way. Most "stairs" are broken. Railings...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank mattmcg09
Reviewed February 26, 2018

we hiked 9k & turned around, for an 18k hike many hikers were going 9-13k & then tenting. & then continuing for the total of 34k one way.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Charles D
Reviewed December 31, 2017

5 days, 9 Winnipeggers -- 5 backpacking the 47K from China Beach to Botanical Beach, 4 of us doing out-and-back day trips from the various trailheads. The 5 backpackers may have bragging rights to a well-deserved achievement, but us 4 day hikers had a much...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Kevin M
Reviewed November 13, 2017

We walked only the part of the trail to Mystic Beach, not the whole Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. But this piece was very nice. Great path through the forest including a suspension bridge. We didn't find the beach sooo outstandingly beautiful, but that may...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank AnjaKA73
Reviewed October 2, 2017

My wife and I hiked the full trail from China beach to Port Renfrew and had a great time. This is not an easy hike unless you're an experienced hiker. Be prepared for wet weather and lots of up and down hiking. Beautiful scenery.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Tessa V
Reviewed September 2, 2017

It was nice to get out of Victoria and enjoy the outside for a day of our vacation. It did take awhile to arrive at an entry point to Juan de Fuca trail, not as scenic a drive as expected, can't see the water most...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank buttondeb
Reviewed July 22, 2017

I did a day hike from Botanical Beach to Sombrio Beach, which was about 20 km (12.5 miles). Beforehand I assumed that the sections along the beach would be easy because they'd be flat, but I was wrong. One section of beach was made up...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank BradHurley
Reviewed July 21, 2017

Right next to China Beach, There's a 2 kms easy to moderate hike through a rainforest that will take you to an amazing beach with sandstone cliffs, caves to explore, a swinging rope into the ocean, a hanging swing, and many little surprises, a beautiful...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Katie G
August 12, 2015|
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Response from Brad M |
Just to add to that, Barkley Sound, a few hours north, is a kayaker's paradise, and is worth a week-long trip on its own.
June 12, 2015|
Response from H and W |
We just spent a few hours near the trailhead. We parked at the China Beach Day Use lot and walked down to Mystic Beach (2km), which was beauitful. We then continued along the JDF trail (west) for a short time. From Mystic... More
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Itinerary Help (3 Replies)
We (husband and I) will be on Vancouver Island for 9 nights in Mid August. We have plans and reservations for transportation, lodging, and 2 tours but need some help with some fine tuning and in particular the middle part of the trip. I will probably post a second thread later with food questions so no need for dining advice yet. This is the plan so far: Fly into Seattle, visit for 4 days with friend who lives there Arrive in Victoria via Victoria Clipper on a Sunday morning (may...More
June 14, 2015|
Response fromLRJinVa|
Oh, and we also enjoy opportunities to view wildlife if there are any areas frequented by seals, sea lions, etc that we could make a detour to visit during the long drive south. (realizing, of course, that it's a mater of luck since the animals aren't on a tourism schedule) thanks, Lorrie
vancouver island advice -- 2 nights (3 Replies)
We are planning a 10 day trip -- flying in to Seattle, hiking in Olympic for 4 nights, ferrying from Port Angeles to Victoria and could have 2 nights on Vancouver Island before ferrying to San Juan Islands for 2 nights. My question is if the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is just as pretty and great to hike as the Pacific Rim area . . . we hear so many great things about Tofino but are worried about the drive. If we do hike on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, suggestions on places to stay and...More
May 25, 2008|
John P
Kansas City, Missouri
Juan de Fuca Marine Trail (Which Trailhead is most scenic?) (2 Replies)
Wanting to do a day trip from Victoria and we want to hike the Marine Trail for a couple hours and do a picnic, was just wondering which Trailhead is the most scenic, looks like there are 4 to pick Thanks China Beach Sombrio Beach Parkinson Creek Botanical Beach
May 25, 2016|
Response fromJ0an123|
That's a hard one, as they are each so beautiful. But I might Botanical Beach, if you could arrange to be there during low tide. Great time to check out the tide pools!