Endurance Ridge Trail – East Sooke Park

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Endurance Ridge Trail is in East Sooke Park, which is part of seaside community of East Sooke in the Juan de Fuca Electoral District. This park land is also part of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia and lies near Sooke and Metchosin. The Endurance Ridge Trail heads immediately uphill from the East Sooke Road. The trail has a few switch backs for the initial one hundred meter ascent. Take your time on this part. The three kilometer trail leads to Babbington Hill with an overall elevation change of the two hundred and ten meters. The trail branches to the right connect with the Park Heights Trail at about 1.5 kilometers along. This connector follows a tributary of Barnes Creek. Continuing along the Endurance Ridge Trail through forests with salal and ferns to reach Babbington Hill on a short connector pathway. The pathway leads to the terrific viewpoint for the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Washington State’s Olympic Mountain range. A short walk down the south side of the hill leads to the Interior Trail. Turn left on the Interior Trail to reach an information map sign. The descent southeast leads to the Coast Trail while continuing southwest is along the Interior Trail. The Endurance Trail is to the west northwest and follows the ephemeral creek for a short distance. As you head back to your vehicle you will retrace your steps. This three kilometer walk will take a couple of hours due to the steep terrain. Enjoy the walk in your back yard.

 

Geographical location N48º 20’ 52”  W123º 39’ 19”

 

Endurance Ridge Trail can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Langford Parkway exit and follow along to reach Sooke Road (Hwy 14). Follow highway 14 to Gillespie Road. Follow Gillespie Road to reach East Sooke Road. Turn left onto East Sooke Road and continue along the roadway reach the small sign along the road. There is limited parking along East Sooke Road. If you travel to the junction with Rocky Point Road you will have passed the trail head.

 

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