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Mystic Beach

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Activity:
Hike, Beach
Difficulty:
Moderate-Strenuous
Location:
Jordan River
Time:
1.5 - 2.5 hrs
Distance:
4km (2.5mi)

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Mystic Beach - 4km Hike with a Stunning Climax on the Juan de Fuca Trail

Where to this weekend, Vancouver Island: The Hike with a Stunning Climax on Mystic Beach

Mystic Beach is located at the east end of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. This somewhat challenging hiking trail has so much to offer for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Mystic Beach Vancouver Island a hike along the Juan de Fuca Straight between Sooke and Port Renfrew. This picture of a Vancouver Island waterfall off a cliff into the ocean
Mystic Beach a beautiful hike with a waterfall and sea cave

As one of the area’s most scenic beaches, located along the shores of the Juan de Fuca Strait, Mystic beach is a popular night stay for the many who take on the 47 km Juan de Fuca Marine Trail to Port Renfrew. However, many come just for the day, as Mystic Beach makes for an excellent spot for taking in the rugged Vancouver Island coastline and exploring tidal pools, waterfalls, and even small sea caves.

Busy Place

Being known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Canada has its downfalls during the summer months, and on the weekends, parking can be a little tight and fill up by mid-morning.

There are two lots. The first, on the right, gives the easiest access to Mystic Beach. The second parking lot is perfect for the trail down to China Beach.

The gravelled parking lots are a decent size, and the Mystic Beach parking lot has two outhouses that are conveniently located in the center.

At the head of the trail is an info board with tide, wildlife and Juan de Fuca Trail information.

The Trail To Mystic Beach

Mystic Beach trial headThe Mystic Beach trail starts off nice and easy, as the sign starts you off on your journey, and the trail kilometre markers start. It only takes a few steps before it goes from flat and gravelled to a well-used dirt trail navigating over roots, around fallen trees and through puddles. You smile to yourself and take it all in as part of the adventure.

Mystic Beach trialFollow the red markers as they guide you through the trees on the 2km walk to the beach. Expect a 45 min hike with 150 meters in elevation change. There are a couple of smaller creeks to navigate, and the suspension bridge over Pete Wolfe Creek is always a favourite.

The elevation change mostly comes as you get closer to the beach. Navigating around the muddier section of the trail, you will reach the top of two sets of uneven stairs, the second carved from a rather large, old tree. Be careful; the stairs have seen better days and are slippery when wet.

The trail can be muddy and challenging, but when you reach the beach and take a deep breath, you realize it was well worth the trek.

GPS – Download before you go.

Hiking down to Mystic Beach we crossed the suspension bridge over Pete Wolfe CreekCell signal on the island is almost nonexistent in areas outside of major towns.

When hiking or visiting a new location using AllTrials and downloading the map before you drive up will give you confidence during your visit; the Mystic Beach AllTrails link.

Mystic Beach

Sensory overload! As you descend the last few steps, the beach is within sight. Large driftwood logs and waves crash onto a mix of sand and pebbles. Like any west coast beach, the sights and smells can be worth the hike but look to the left, there above the beach is the famous waterfall dropping off the sandstone cliff into the water below, and at low tide, it’s possible to get right up to it.

Sooke Beach - Mystic BeachEven at low tide, you can only go a little further past the waterfall, but you can head up the beach in the other direction, where you’ll find the backcountry camping spots, an outhouse and the access point to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.

Another benefit of visiting during low tide is walking through the large sea cave at the far end of Mystic Beach and singing on the rope swing.

Mystic Beach hike gives you a great sample of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Stay for the day or the night, keep on trekking, and start building a lifetime of memories.

Low Tide:
Try to go at low tide to get access to the sea cave, rope swing and waterfall. It’s still a beautiful beach low or high tide.

Amenities:
Toilets at the parking lot and on the beach. No running water.

Cell Coverage: As of August 2023 there is cell coverage for Shaw and Rogers users but as for Telus and Bell users the service is not great, most likely reaching American towers.

Parking:
Two decent-sized parking lots shared with China Beach could fit a small RV if it’s not busy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

IS THE TRAIL OKAY FOR SMALL KIDS?
The trail can be muddy and somewhat challenging. 5+ should be fine.

IS THERE A WATERFALL IN SUMMER?
Depending on the time of year, in late summer, the waterfall can be a slight trickle.

ARE BEACH FIRES ALLOWED?
yes, they should be built below the high tide line

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Getting There

By Car –
An hour and a half from Victoria, Mystic Beach is just past Jordan River, about halfway between Sooke and Port Renfrew, in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. The two parking lots offer easy access. China Beach trailhead is located at the eastern end of the lower parking lot. In the upper parking lot, you will find the Mystic Beach trail access. Outhouses are located lower parking lot and at the beach. Directions – Google Maps

Take a Bus –
Planning an overnight hike along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail? Need a way to get to the trail or back to your car? West Coast Trail Express offers a daily trail bus in the summer and every second day in the winter. Leaving Victoria and stopping at Sooke, China Beach/Mystic Beach, Sombrio and Port Renfrew.

"Highly recommend!! Start of the Juan de Fuca trail. This hike was stunning because of the huge moss-covered trees and fern covering the floor of the forest. The sunlight coming through the trees made this hike magical! The beach had a small waterfall and caves that you can see when the tide is low. The landscape was breathtaking."

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Camping on Mystic Beach

Mystic Beach campingAs a designated campsite along the Juan de Fuca trail, camping is allowed on the beach at Mystic Beach. A backcountry camping permit is required and must be pre-purchased before camping at Mystic Beach.

If you do not want to camp on the beach, another option might be a small forested campground just down the highway from the trailhead. The China Beach Campground has large private spots with a fire pit and picnic table. The campground has pit toilets and potable water taps only 1km from the shore.

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FAQ:

IS THE TRAIL OKAY FOR SMALL KIDS?
The trail can be muddy and somewhat challenging. 5+ should be fine.

IS THERE A WATERFALL IN SUMMER?
Depending on the time of year, in late summer, the waterfall can be a slight trickle.

ARE BEACH FIRES ALLOWED?
yes, they should be built below the high tide line

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Modified: January 3, 2024
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