52 Weeks of Trails - Week 2 - Soames Hill
In case you missed it, last week on the blog we introduced our challenge to you for 2014-- 52 Weeks of Trails. Each week we'll blog about a trail (hike, bike, snowshoe, and paddle!) and we hope you enjoy and share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and/or Instagram using #52weeksoftrails. Happy Trails!
Week #2- Soames Hill – Located just above Gibsons and only 3km from the Langdale ferry terminal, conquering “The Knob” can be summited in a short 40 minutes- but don’t forget to leave some time for a water/snack break at the top and take in the stunning views of Gibsons Harbour, the coastal mountain range, Keats, Gambier, Bowen and Vancouver Islands. Soames Hill Park covers 150 acres and boasts over 5km of trails which vary in difficulty from moderate-strenuous through impressive second growth forest.
There is an impressive 434 step staircase on the east side to the top viewpoints—which reopened in 2013 with several improvements including new railings.
There are 4 trail access points at the following locations:
· 639 Bridgeman Rd (NE Entrance)
· 481 Esperanza Rd (SW Entrance)
· 1070 Boyle Rd (NW Entrance)
· 999 Soames Rd (SE Entrance)
The Bridgeman Rd access provides a moderate trail as you follow in towards the green trail (see map below). Turn left onto the green trail and head up the stairs. The stairs are somewhat steep and strenuous, but the views at the top are your reward!
· Directions to Bridgeman access: From the traffic light at the junction of Highway 101 and North Road in Gibsons, proceed 1.9 kms along North Road toward the Langdale ferry terminal. Turn right onto Chamberlin Road and after 200 metres turn left onto Bridgeman Road. 300 metres along Bridgeman is the park entrance. Along Chamberlin is another park entrance on Esperanza.
· Map: Soames Hill (courtesy of the Sunshine Coast Regional District)
· Geocaches- there are 3 geocaches in the park. If geocaching is new for you, it’s a real-world treasure hunt, so don’t miss out on the fun.
· Mountain Biking is permitted- but the trails are not particularly bike friendly (especially the stairs sections!)
Please follow all Sunshine Coast Regional District rules, including:
- Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a leash at all times and use waste bags
- Trail conditions vary and can be affected by wind and other weather conditions
- Bears and other wildlife are known to frequent the park, so please be bear aware
- Fires are not permitted.
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