Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Mt. Galiano

This is a must do hike on Galiano Island. I've passed by Mt. Galiano so many times on  BC Ferries, as it is located right overlooking Active Pass, the main route for the Vancouver-Vancouver Island ferry.

To get to the trailhead, drive to Active Pass Dr. and follow the signs to the parking lot. It took me about 45 minutes to reach the top and then about another 35 minutes to come down, so plan your time accordingly. You also want to allow some time at the top to enjoy the view.

The first part of the trail is a bit of a climb, and you will also have to watch your footing as you switch back up , with lots of rocks and tree roots to navigate. Then you will come to a wider trail that is easier to walk and climbs more gradually for the rest of the way up. Look out for the remnants of wreckage from a small plane crash years ago on the side of the trail.

The summit of Mt. Galiano is 311 metres, and there is a grassy clearing for you to see all the great views. Careful though as there is quite a dropoff near the edge.

This is looking towards Mayne Island on the left with Pender Island on the right.

This is looking towards Salt Spring Island in the background and Prevost Island straight ahead. 

Looking towards Pender Island .

If you can, try to do this hike on a clear day, as I understand some days you can even see Mt. Baker  and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State. When you are done, just turn around and hike back the same way. 

Enjoy the beauty and happy hiking! 

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