Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
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Dorina N
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
My friend and I hiked Juan de Fuca trail last week of June 2024. We knew the trail gets muddy but our experience tells us a bit different. I have never seen so much mud in my life! I would describe it as a muddy trail with a few sections of dry patches.
If it rains, it adds to the difficulty and also, to arrive safe at the destination take in consideration the extra time you need in these conditions.
We started from Botanical beach towards China Beach, liked a lot Mystic beach where I had the best night sleep under ocean waves sound.
Written 24 June 2024
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Naomi B
Leiden, The Netherlands20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We only did the Mystic beach trail. It was quite tough, so be prepared! It took about 45 min each way. Mystic beach was amazing and well worth the hike!
Written 15 April 2024
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Moochie-La-La
Calgary, Canada683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
This trail has so many parts for all levels of hikers, so many different types of terrain to enjoy… you’d be silly not to give it a try. Be aware of wildlife in the area and bring water/snacks for the best experience.
Written 20 July 2021
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MrSaren
Vancouver, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This trail is arguably harder than the WCT and not quite as scenic though it is still has amazing beauty spots. The plus to it is it's challenging and I felt like had more natural inhabitants for better or worse. We had a 200+lb (guesstimate) stalking up behind us ats we were getting ready for bed and on a nother hike through ran into a Black bear cub and about three minutes later an incredibly large aggressive Black bear (probably mom). Both these happened near Bear beach. I highly recommend using the food bins as soon as you set up camp. My friend left his food in his tent while we made a beach fire before bed and by the time he got back there must have been over a dozen mice that chewed holes in his tent and were feasting on his stores. I suggest South to North as the last North Stretch can be a Mudfest. This trail lacks the massive ladders of the West Coast Trail but instead has a ton of hikes up and down into stream eroded valleys. It also has a few non bridge log crossings. My natural balance sucks so I found them stressful
Written 23 March 2021
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SKME65
Vancouver, Canada43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I need to first say that we have done the famous Westcoast Trail last summer, which is nothing for the faint hearted, leave alone for people with vertigo...

The Juan de Fuca Trail is in comparison a wonderful alternative that is much cheaper and easier accessible. Also you are not “locked in”. You can access the trail at various different points and either camp at the beach or walk in and out.

It would deserve 5 points, but for all of you who are thinking of hiking the trail soon, it is currently VERY muddy! We just talked to a ranger today and he said he has never seen the trail so muddy. The reason for this is the enormous rainfall in May and June!

Gaiters, proper hiking boots and poles are a must.

Be prepared for a strenuous, multi hour/ multi day hike on slippery, rough terrain with tons of up- and downhill hiking.

This is NOT a walk in the park. You should be fit, stable on your feet, prepared to scramble on all fours and not worry about getting dirty.

Actual conditions mean you can sink up to your knees into the mud.

Otherwise, beautiful scenery and to our utter surprise - not many people at all. We are still in the process of hiking it and sometimes we meet nobody for hours! This is surprising as the Westcoast Trail is now closed for the whole season.

Last important point: no cell phone reception! And if you should be so lucky to get one on one of the beaches- beware of roaming! You are very likely in the US network!
Written 13 July 2020
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kris-goes-places
290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We did not do the whole Juan De Fuca trail - just the China Beach/Mystic Beach section of it. The hike is moderately challenging for non-hikers such as myself, but doable. Look for the orange reflectors attached to trees to help guide you where the path is, as there are a few spots where it is a bit hard to locate and we did hear from one woman who had camped on the beach that she got lost on her way down. The trail is well maintained but can get a bit muddy at times. There are lots of places to pull over and let someone pass or if you meet someone coming the other way, making this a great place to hike while maintaining social distance.

The beach itself is gorgeous. There is a long sandy stretch to the left when you come off the trail and a nice little waterfall that you can sneak under if you want to get to a bit of beach that is more secluded (but note that this chunk of beach disappears at high tide). To the right the beach is more rocky, but worth going over because at the edge there is a very cool little cave to explore (again, low tide is best). You’ll encounter lots of people who are hiking the Juan de Fuca trail and it is always fun hearing where people came from and how long they’ve been out.

If you don’t feel up to an hour long hike to get to the beach, when you Reach the parking lot, don’t park in the first lot but drive down to the left to the second. From there you can take the trail down to China Beach and it is a much shorter walk. China Beach is also very lovely
Written 18 June 2020
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skishell
Mechanicsburg, PA272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We spent a morning hiking the Mystic Beach section of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. We parked at the China Beach/Mystic Beach trailhead and followed the trail to Mystic Beach and back to the parking lot (out and back) It was a pretty rugged hike that was fairly well marked and pretty difficult to get lost. At times it felt other-worldly, like something from the Ewok Village (Return of the Jedi) and the view at the bottom was well worth the hike down to. Wear good shoes and watch your footing. There are sections that maybe muddy and many sections with exposed roots but very beautiful scenery. We noticed many people who were hiking through with camping gear with them. Not us.We also observed well-behaved dogs on leashes.

It was a good morning outing when paired with China Beach. First Mystic, then China (China is way shorter and easier) but different experiences and views at the bottom. Bring your own water and a few bucks p/p as a donation. Then perhaps stop for a nice lunch at Shirley Delicious. Enjoy!
Written 1 September 2019
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Nadine S
Revelstoke, Canada4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We just finished this hike a week ago - it is in great need of repairs! I think the trail needs to be upgraded from some "moderate" to all "difficult and more difficult" I would say about 15% of the trail is in good shape. The campgrounds were great, the scenery spectacular but the trail is very challenging, especially in the rain. Roots, drop offs, mud, missing steps.... the list goes on! We met several groups that had done the WCT and were told by each of them that the JDF Trail was harder - the WCT is much farther so packs are heavier but there is a lot more beach walking.
Written 27 August 2019
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Deleta
Victoria, Canada54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a great shorter less difficult alternative to the West Coast Trail. You still get to see amazing vistas and shoreline and yea bears but without the difficult rope and ladder challenges on the WCT. There are also many on and off options so you can do shorter hikes if you like. Just make sure you are prepared with water and make noise as you travel to alert the many bears in the area.
Written 7 August 2019
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smhr
Pickering, Canada298 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
This place is not that easy to get to. The car has to go through some very steep and unpaved path, with lots of potholes. There is no cell service, so if you are stuck then good luck

The trail is physically very demanding. Even if you want to part of the trail, it is still quite taxing. It will be a good idea to skip it

Oh, one additional thing to note is that there are no clear directions or markings on the main road. So you have to keep an eye out for it. There is a sign which indicates that the trail will be approaching in 2 kms but thats about it. There is no sign which says this is the trail.
Written 4 August 2019
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