Jocelyn Hill From Caleb Pike
Jocelyn Hill From Caleb Pike

Jocelyn Hill From Caleb Pike hike

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Jocelyn Hill From Caleb Pike hike

Distance: 5.3mi
Elevation: 1,171ft
Time: 2.5-3.5h

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The Jocelyn Hill from Caleb Pike hiking trail ascends and descends through the hills, passing the ever-so stunning Holmes Peak before the scenery unfolds into the Ridge Trail. After a steep climb, Saanich Arm will emerge, granting a magnificent view and an epic picnic spot. You can start this hike from a few different places, but the trekking from Caleb Pike unveils the best scenery.

Jocelyn Hill From Caleb Pike hike Map

Getting there

Head to the southern side of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. You’ll find the gravel parking lot (named as the Gowlland Tod Provincial Park Parking Lot) at the end of Caleb Pike Road.

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When to do

All year long

Backcountry Campsites

No

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Older Children only

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Out and back


Jocelyn Hill From Caleb Pike
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Route Description for Jocelyn Hill From Caleb Pike

The hike to Jocelyn Hill from Caleb Pike may not be the most challenging trail near Victoria, but it still has you climbing some steep sections. Expect some elevation gain along this trail.

This route up Jocelyn Hill is well-marked, so it’s quite easy to navigate. From the Gowlland Tod Provincial Park Parking Lot, take a right just after the map board. After walking for a few minutes amid the fresh forest air, you’ll reach a junction. Go right and enjoy twisting through the lush, verdant woods. But don’t get too comfy! The trail begins to climb shortly after this turn.

Eventually, the forest dissolves into a collection of power lines. You’ll come across another junction here. Take a left and head towards Holmes Peak. Hike along the power lines for a few moments before the trail rejoins with the forest. Holmes Peak offers the first view of the hike!

After you begin walking again, you’ll reach another junction. Go left and hike along the Ridge Trail. On your way, you’ll come across another junction with a sign saying that you’re just 1.1mi from Jocelyn Hill. Go left here and go left again when you reach the next sign for the Jocelyn Loop and then take another left at the next junction.

Up next is the steepest climb of the hike, as you climb up Jocelyn Hill. At the top, enjoy a remarkable view of Finlayson Arm of the Saanich Inlet, this should have you forgetting all about the momentary pain felt moments ago.

When you’re ready to head back, you can either return the way you came or take a different route and explore a different route. The loop option has you continuing along the path until it reaches a junction. Go right here. This will carry you around Jocelyn Loop, taking you back to a sign you passed on your way to the hike’s pinnacle. Go left here and take the same trail back that you took on the way up.

Insider Hints

  • The parking lot may be blocked during off season, but you can use the overflow parking lot to the left. You can still walk through the main parking lot to reach the trailhead.

  • There are pit toilets near the parking lot.

Comments

jonathanskinnider 2 years ago

Great views of Todd inlet from this great hike

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frankie mccartney 2 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike! We enjoyed this short trek a lot. The views are other worldly.

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loneranger 2 years ago

Lovely scenery all around. Rain started pouring, but it stopped shortly after a few minutes. The smell of the woods after the rain was fascinating.

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EthelB. 3 years ago

Fresh air, breathtaking views, just amazing.

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genevaoftheeast 3 years ago

Trekking here is fun. We all had an amazing time. The scenic views were fantastic.

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Isaac Tomlins 3 years ago

The first section was easy. The challenge begins right after passing the woods. There are tons of photo opportunities on this hike. Enjoyed it a lot.

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Kenneth D. 3 years ago

Trekking here was a nice experience. Lots of great stops. Absolutely worth it!

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Kat Colada 3 years ago

Fantastic views! Easy start as you go down the trail. Pretty rough walk but well worth it.

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Macky O. 3 years ago

Do not underestimate the trail! At first, I thought it was all fun and chill until it suddenly gets more challenging towards the end. Either way, It was fun!

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Suzane L. 3 years ago

Magnificent hike. Enjoyed the beautiful views of Saanich Inlet! Well worth the hard work.

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