Moving time  one hour 38 minutes

Time  2 hours 57 minutes

Coordinates 911

Uploaded February 28, 2019

Recorded February 2019

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781 f
175 f
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3.14 mi

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near Crofton, British Columbia (Canada)

This hike is along the Blue Trail on Maple Mountain in the Municipality of North Cowichan's Osborne Bay Regional Park. It passes through some pretty woodlands, past a waterfall (seasonal) and then climbs about half way up the mountain before levelling off at a couple of view points.

The hike is through relatively open forest canopy. There is lots of maple near the bottom with a few very old specimens, quite a few mature ones & lots of juveniles. There are also many towering cedars. As you ascend the forest changes to fir, mostly small, with a few arbutus mixed in.

In the lower section there is ample evidence that a forest fire passed through the area.

The trail itself has rustic half sawn log bridges crossing streams/gullies. On the day of this hike, one crossed a fairly lively stream tumbling down from the mountain above.

Along the upper sections of the trail, there are peakaboo views eastward to the gulf Islands. There is one viewpoint looking down into Crofton harbour where marine activity servicing the Crofton mill can be seen. Another where we stopped for lunch looks over to Mt. Erskine on Saltspring Island.

The CVRD has a website for the park (www.cvrd.bc.ca/122/Osborne-Bay-Park) but the trail map shown there seems out of date or incomplete. There are many more trails on the Mountain than are shown on the map. The trails are relatively well marked with coloured blazes on the trees and some signage.

Retreads Hiking Club gives this hike an AVA rating of 3 C.

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Parking

Trailhead off of Smith Rd. & trail map

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Trail sign

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Lower trail is well groomed

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Evidence of old forest fire

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Trail starts to narrow and is less groomed

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Ancient, gnarley maple tree

Intersection

Flagging tape marking trail

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Triangular mystery trail marker

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Rustic, hand hewn log bridge

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Lots of up and down travel

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Another rustic bridge. Nice (seasonal) waterfall here.

Intersection

Goin' up

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. . . and goin down. Trail is starting to get rougher.

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Approaching view to ocean

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Looking over to Saltspring Island

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Loose rock trail , typical of upper section

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Views of Crofton Harbour and Gulf Islands with mainland mountains in the distance

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Large arbutus criss crossing the trail

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Typical gulf island rocky bluff

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View to Mt. Erskine on Saltsrping Island. This is a grea spot for a break!

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Goin' back down.

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Peakaboo view to ocean

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Peakaboo view to ocean

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Large arbutus

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Small arbutus

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Fungi

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Rustic bridge at bottom of deep valley

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You are in the Municipality of North Cowichan's Forest!

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