Lone Tree Hill Regional Park is in the community of the Highlands, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The slopes of Lone Tree Hill Park host a glorious display of wildflowers in spring. The wonderful 360-degree awesome vista from the 364metre summit of Lone Tree Hill is worth the assent. Take in the Olympic Mountains, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Victoria, Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood, Langford, the Malahat and part of Gowlland-Tod Park as well as the Highlands’ forests. A fairly steep but easy climb along the gravel and natural trail through Douglas-Fir, Western Red Cedar and Arbutus trees brings you to the rocky yet mossy hilltop. In the springtime, lilies like the shooting star, camas and fawn brighten up the mossy slopes. The original Lone Tree, now a twisted decaying trunk of a 200 year-old Douglas-fir, is survived by a lone Arbutus tree struggling to survive the dry, exposed conditions.
Geographical location N48° 31’6″ W123° 31′ 1″
Lone Tree Park can be reach from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy1). Exit the TransCanada Highway using the Millstream exit and remain on Millstream Road past Caleb Pike Road. Look for the information sign and the gravel parking area on the right. The summit trail can be a brief 20 minute hike yet since there are several wonderful viewpoints it can take much longer. This park also has toilets.
For a map of the hiking trail in Lone Tree Park, see the CRD Parks brochure.
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