Calling all VI’ers!! This moderate hike is beautiful. From McKenzie Bight in Gowland Tod Provincial Park, it is about a 5-hour trip spanning 14km. Not only is there one AMAZING view at the end but there are several views along the way, which deserve a “runner-up” title.
Directions: The trail is very well marked. All you need to worry about is getting to the trailhead. The trailhead and parking lot are located on Ross-Durance Road in Victoria, BC. Approximately 200 meters down the road is a big parking lot with washrooms and maps. Continue 300 meters, by foot, down the road and you will come across a yellow gate. This is the trailhead. From there, everything is very straightforward and signed. You are mainly looking to stay on the Timberman Trail.
Use common sense, follow Markers, and avoid paths that are intentionally blocked off by logs and you will make it to your destination without a hitch.
TIP: Stop at the Squally Ridge viewpoint which is on the way to Jocelyn hill and about 30 seconds off the track. Make sure to pack water, snacks and a first aid kit. We had a tumble down a hill when our foot was caught in a root.
Note: Please be respectful of the wildlife and ecosystems. Pack out everything you packed in and take nothing but memories!