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Individual Trail

South Island / Highlands

26 min driving from Downtown Victoria

This trail begins as the well-signed nearly double-wide route passing over Holmes Peak to Jocelyn Hill. One minute after the large "lunch spot" boulder at the top of Jocelyn Hill, fork LEFT down an unnamed unofficial trail. The route now becomes one of route finding. Previously called Rabbity, it has allegedly been officially closed but is still transversible. Take your trail sense with you and go at YOUR OWN RISK. Obvious signs of trail use can be visible at points, but it's often a treasure hunt for the next flag (June 2018). We HIGHLY recommend taking our GPS log on your smart phone.

Halfway down the descent, ignore the first fork to the left as it doesn't go anywhere. A few meters later, take the trail with the old wooden sign denoting 'Elbow Point.' One reaching the bottom of the hill near the ocean, turn LEFT and follow the trail all the way back hugging the coastline until reaching the parking lot. This route along the coastline is INCREDIBLY challenging. Not only for the difficulty following the trail, but the constant up and down over technical sections laced with boulders and tree roots.

Basics
  • 26 min from Downtown Victoria
  • Loop
  • 11.00 km (round-trip)
  • 5.0 hours solo | 6.5 hours group round-trip
  • 1,017 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Hard difficulty
Features
  • Part of the larger Gowlland Tod trail network!
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Full Day
Seasons:Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:Moderate trek to Jocelyn hill, high endurance and technical coastal route on return.
Dogs:Not recommended.
Children:Not recommended.
Cell Service:Excellent (Telus June 2018)
First Listed:2018-Jun-10
Last Updated:2018-Jun-14
GPS Notes
Most often when viewing our maps, trails marked in Green or Blue have been human-verified by our volunteers. A route in purple indicates an overgrown trail or a bushwhack. Otherwise, the tracks may have been satellite traced or imported from third party sources. While we strongly believe our GPS are accurate, please be aware that no logging system is perfect and to be aware of potential errors.

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Duration Round-Trip (solo):300 min
Trailhead GPS:48.508973000,-123.531773000
Distance:11.00 km (round-trip)
Elevation at Start:222 meters
Elevation at End:222 meters
Elevation Minimum:6 meters
Elevation Maximum:422 meters
Elevation Gain:1,017 meters (round-trip)
Elevation Loss:-1,017 meters (round-trip)
Slope Up:14.30% (round-trip)
Slope Down:-14.70% (round-trip)
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