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In just a few steps, you’ve teleported away from all civilization.
Well known to the locals, Broom Hill is a moderate hike with magnificent views once you get to the top. The northern back trails are quieter and have a gradual climb. The southern trails are more travelled and offer a quicker route to the top.
It’s easy to have a new experience each hike. Although the outcome is always the same (reach the viewpoints), your route can differ every time.
The most common way up is the outer loop, enjoyed by hikers, dog walkers and mountain bikers. Unfortunately, the trails are not marked, so bring a map or use a GPS app.
Elevation Gain: 174m (570 ft)
Two Spectacular Viewpoints
The two viewpoints are only about 400m apart. Both are worth checking out as they are entirely different experiences.
Broom Hill Summit:
As you climb to the summit, the trees thin, and the rock becomes more exposed. Then, finally, the view opens up, reaching across Otter Point road and into the never-ending rolling hills to the north.
The more common and popular site looks southeast over the Juan De Fuca Straight and Whiffin Spit. Here you will find a fun swing for your Instagram shots and large boulders to sit and rest. Take in the fantastic view, and enjoy a snack or lunch.
Great hike for older kids as they enjoy the rocky terrain of the last climb to the top with the reward of a swing at the top. There are easy scrambles to put a sense of adventure into the hike, and the danger level is relatively low. But, of course, caution is always needed during hiking.
You may find small ponds for dogs to refresh, but they dry up later in the year, and if you are not on the right trail, they can easily be missed. So in the summer months, you may want to bring water for your furry companions. Be aware of wildlife black bears, courgars and wolves have been seen in the area.
Are the trails marked?
Most trails are not marked, and there are a lot of trails branching off. Have a map downloaded on your phone before you go.
The trail from Poirier Lake is the only tail that has some signage.
If you find yourself in Sooke, looking for a hike close to town. Broom Hill has kilometres of trails through the incredible rainforest that finishes with a view looking over Sooke Harbour. It’s always a good hike to check out.
Trails are not marked: Most trails are not marked unless you start from Poirier Lake. Even then it’s best to have a trial plan before you leave. Throughout Broom Hill you’ll find many choices, the trail branches out frequently, so come prepared.
No cell service: Download a trail map before you start hiking. Unfortunately, the trails are not marked!
You can get lost but not too lost: Being surrounded by Otter Point road and the district of Sooke, you can have confidence that it’s a safe area for a day hike.
Wildlife: Keep an eye out for wildlife, black bears, cougars and wolves have been seen in the area.
Parking: Choose from one of the three starting points.
Blanchard Rd Sooke: Located at the dead-end of Blanchard Rd there is street parking available
Clarkson Place: Just off of Mountian Heights Drive. There are a few spots to park on Mountian Hights Dr.
Poirier Lake: The backside of Broom Hill has public parking and the trail has some signage to reach the summit. 6.9km
Amenities: No amenities at this site
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