East Sooke Park: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head Loop
South Island / Sooke
42 min driving from Downtown Victoria
This easy to intermediate coastal hike is 6 km long and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. It is accessible during spring, summer, and fall. The beginning of the trail is relatively easy and before taking the last stretch towards Beechey Head (the more challenging portion), there is an option to return to the Aylard Farm parking lot with an Interior Trail. The trails in this area are well marked.
To begin this trail, from the parking lot, head down the main gravel trail and take the first trail to the left. This will lead hikers to the Coast Trail at Campbell Cove. Keep following this scenic route along the shoreline and into the forest. Hikers will reach a junction and can optionally go left to take a side trip view at Creyke Point. Afterwards, return to the junction and continue to follow the Coast Trail that will lead to a beach area at Becher Bay. This is a great spot to see the Sandy shoreline and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables.
Continuing the hike towards Alldridge Point is slightly more challenging but not too difficult. There will be a trail sign just up from the beach area that brings hikers back into the forest. Eventually there will be another junction, go left following signs to Alldridge Point. Be careful while walking out onto the rocks and be sure to look out for the petroglyphs on the rocks on the right side.
At this point it is possible to take the Interior Trail back to the Aylard Farm parking lot. Hikers can walk back to the junction before the petroglyphs and go left into the forest on the narrow trail. The trail will widen and lead to a junction with signage. Take a right and follow the trail until it leads you back.
For those continuing to Beechey Head, be aware that it is more challenging and requires hikers to climb over rocks. From Alldridge Point keep on the Coast Trail and be sure to follow the yellow markers marking the trail. Eventually hikers will reach a junction. Go left a few meters and enjoy the views of East Sooke Regional Park.
Heading back, return to the junction and follow the trail into the forest. There will be another two more junctions, stay right at both of them. The trail will lead into a wide path, go right at the next junction and then continue to go straight until you emerge from the forest and reach the top of Ayland Farm parking lot.
|Duration Class:||Medium Hike|
|Seasons:||Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall|
|Difficulty Description:||A moderate hike with numerous ups and downs with the odd technical section.|
|Dogs:||Permitted as long as they are "under control"|
|Children:||Ages 10 and up OK|
|Cell Service:||Non-existent (Telus March 2018); USA Service Intermittently Available|
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|Duration Round-Trip (solo):||80 min|
|Distance:||4.78 km (round-trip)|
|Elevation at Start:||24 meters|
|Elevation at End:||24 meters|
|Elevation Minimum:||4 meters|
|Elevation Maximum:||87 meters|
|Elevation Gain:||236 meters (round-trip)|
|Elevation Loss:||-236 meters (round-trip)|
|Slope Up:||8.70% (round-trip)|
|Slope Down:||-8.60% (round-trip)|
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