The best part is checking out the historic fire lookout built in the 1950s while soaking in panoramic views over Sooke Basin and the Juan de Fuca Strait.
If you’re up for a rewarding hike, the “Mount Manuel Quimper Extend Loop” is a fantastic choice. This 10km loop trail offers a bit of everything: stunning views, historical landmarks, and a good workout with a 480-meter elevation gain.
The trails are well-marked, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost. As you make your way up, you’ll pass through open clearings that offer spectacular views of the Sooke Basin. It’s a great opportunity to catch your breath and snap some photos. Just a heads-up, this is also a popular bike park, so stay alert for mountain bikers sharing the trail.
Once you reach the top, you’ll find the old fire lookout built in the 1950s. It’s not just a piece of history; it’s also the perfect spot to soak in panoramic vistas over Sooke Harbour and the Juan de Fuca Strait. Take a moment to enjoy the accomplishment and the beauty surrounding you.
There are multiple trails leading down, but I personally enjoy coming down the back of the mountain. The last couple of kilometres of the journey are along an old logging road, making it an easier trek to complete your hike.
For those who prefer two wheels to two feet, Mount Manuel Quimper is a haven for mountain biking. With various trails catering to different skill levels, it’s a popular destination for bikers looking for a thrilling ride amidst natural beauty.
The mountain offers a mix of single-track trails and fire roads, providing options for both intermediate and advanced riders. Whether you’re into technical descents or flowy rides, there’s something here for you.
Harbourview is home to 19 mountain bike trails ranging from blue to double black. Check out Trailforks for more information.
Directions – Google Map
To get to Mount Manuel Quimper, you’ll typically start from the town of Sooke, which is the closest major community to the mountain. The mountain is part of the Sea to Sea Regional Park, and the most common trailhead for accessing it is located on Harbourview Road.
There is a parking lot at the Harbourview Road trailhead where you can leave your vehicle. Note that the parking area can get busy, especially on weekends, so try to arrive early.
Mount Manuel Quimper is another excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Located in the Sea to Sea Regional Park near Sooke, it offers a variety of experiences for both hikers and mountain bikers.
Hikers can enjoy one of the many trails that take you up to a historic fire lookout built in the 1950s, with an elevation gain of 480 meters. The trails are well-marked and offer stunning views over Sooke Harbour and the Juan de Fuca Strait.
Mountain bikers will find a mix of single-track trails and fire roads suitable for various skill levels.
Whether you’re hiking to the historic fire lookout or biking down thrilling trails, Mount Manuel Quimper promises an unforgettable outdoor adventure.
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