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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 Beach, you could easily do a day hike to the next beach (Bear Beach, 6km one way). So that would be about 16km. The trail goes up and downhill to creekbeds (dry in August), so there is some elevation challenge and beautfiul vistas along the way. Allow at least 3 hours to take in the scenery, maybe less if not stopping.