Sooke Hills: Sugarloaf via Townsend Hill (Camus Ridge)
Free Group Hike
Sat, Jun 23, 2018 10:00 AM
This is an adults only (19+) event!
Camus Ridge, also known as Townsend Ridge, can be done any time of the year. Each season has something unique to offer for different views. This hike has been rated moderate but mainly because of the 45 min that are uphill to get to the ridge. Otherwise, the hike is fairly easy. Hiking up the mossy ridge is quite beautiful whether it’s sunny or misty. If hikers feel they want to shorten the trail, it is possible to turn east on the last summit, mid ridge, and take a steep connector down to the main trail (Veitch Road).
1) Begin the trail back along the highway a few hundred meters before the mailboxes on the same side of the road.
2) One minute into the hike past the flowline, turn left.
3) Shortly after log bridge, keep right at fork. At top of small hill immediately after, keep right again.
4) Watch carefully for a trail on the left marked by usage only a few minutes up the trail (300-400 meters). At the end of this hike, we’ll return as a loop via an equally disguised trailhead 1 km farther up.
5) This trail widens and becomes clearly more well used; however, the grade of the hill dramatically increases to create one hell of an adventure on the ascent.
6) Nearing the ridge, reach a grassy meadow with stunning views of Mt Braden and Mt McDonald. From here, the trail begins to level out into an easier walk through the dense forest.
7) Eventually reach a gorgeous unobstructed panorama of the surrounding peaks atop a boulder like summit. A tree shaped like a slingshot will be your marker.
8) From here, head north to begin the short and steep descent. Take a right onto Sue’s trail at the corner of Jurassic Trail as per OpenStreetMaps (not signed in real life). Along Sue's trail, navigate a lush carpet forest floor rich in fern. Signs of old logging are prevalent by the notches cut in old growth stumps.
9) Eventually reach the trail we came in on (but farther up), turn right, and 1 km later pass the trail where we began the steep descent mentioned earlier.
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