Sea to Sea: Black Bear Mtn via Peden Ridge
BC-Vancouver Island / Sooke
50 min driving from Downtown Victoria
The trek to Black Bear Mountain is about the journey, not the destination. At the true summit, there is a clearing ideal for a picnic atop boulders, but the real viewpoints are along the trek itself. From following chunks of the Flowline to trekking through Arbutus-saturated hillside, and moss-laden forest floors, this trail is marked predominantly by usage rather than signage. It should only be done when there is no snow on the forest floor due to this reason. As of 2018, there are pink and orange to help keep hikers on the correct route. Though, it would take an incredibly trained eye to note signs of trail usage without these flags are some points. Taking our GPS log is HIGHLY recommended.
This trailhead is located at the north end of the 2nd parking lot of the Sooke Potholes park. At this entrance, turn left, and immediately take the trail to the right leading uphill. Turn left and follow the flowline for 100 meters and take the trail uphill to the right two minutes after this. Keep left at most forks and continue to the summit. 400 meters before the summit (use our GPS log!) there is a fork to the right. DO NOT TAKE THIS TRAIL down. It is extremely overgrown and is nearly impossible to follow even as a well-seasoned hiker. It's more of bushwhacking route than a hiking trail. Go back the way you came, and if desired, take the trail down to Peden near the first 'View' marker on our GPS map at Peden Ridge (use our Trail Network map for this).
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