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Mystic Beach

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

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Jordan River
1.5 - 2.5 hrs
4km (2.5mi)


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Mystic Beach is located at the east end of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It is a fantastic tourist destination with so much to offer for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

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. It is a fantastic tourist destination with so much to offer for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

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 41 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.

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.

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

Cell Coverage:
North of Sooke, the only service available is off of American towers. By the end of 2022, tower upgrades are scheduled to be complete.

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


Getting There

By Car –
Mystic Beach is an hour and a half from Victoria, located 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.

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.

The Trail –
A 2 km walk from the parking lot to the beach, expect a 45 min hike with 150 meters in elevation change. It can be both beautiful and challenging during the wet seasons. Following the red trail markers over roots and through mud puddles, through the tall west coast trees, over the suspension bridge down to the shore, you reach your destination, and it was well worth the trek.

"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."

Camping on Mystic Beach

As 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 located 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, potable water taps and is located only 1km from the shore.

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The trail can be muddy and somewhat challenging. 5+ should be fine.

Depending on the time of year, in late summer, the waterfall can be a slight trickle.

yes, they should be built below the high tide line

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