Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Trip Report
China Beach Day Use to Mystic Beach (2 km hike)
Mystic Beach (just past the 2 km marker)
Arrive early to get a good spot as there are limited sites on the beach (and there are no forest sites).
|Mystic Beach Cave|
|Mystic Beach Rope Swing!|
|View from the Tent on Mystic Beach|
Mystic Beach to Bear Beach (7 km hike)
|Munchkins in the Mist|
|Hiking to Bear Beach, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail|
|Descending to Bear Beach|
Bear Beach (at the 9 km marker)
Several campsites are spread out over a long area and there are also a handful of forested campsites near the creek. If the weather is foul, camp in the forest to take shelter from the wind.
Highlights of our stay included swinging on the rope swing and watching a humpback whale cruise through the strait and “wave” at us. For a fun day trip, hike to the Loss Creek Suspension Bridge, the longest bridge on the trail (about 100 feet long and 100 feet high). We plan to do this next time!
|Sombrio Beach Rope Swing|
Planning Your Trip
- All campsites on the JdF are first come, first served. Self register at the trailhead – be sure to keep one payment stub on your dash and one with you.
- Weekends tend to be quite busy, especially at Mystic Beach and Sombrio, so get an early start to ensure you get a campsite. If your schedule is flexible, start midweek.
- When camping on the beach, ensure you pitch your tent above the high tide line. In the forest campgrounds, you must use the tent pads.
- Peak season is July and August because the weather is best then. Some hikers have had success in September but outside of these months, expect a lot more precipitation.
- While there is no age restriction on the Juan de Fuca (JdF) trail, I advise section hiking the moderate sections if your children are under the age of 10.
- According to parks information posted in the outhouses, Vancouver Island has the highest concentration of bears of cougars in the world! For tips on being bear aware, please see this post.
- Bring a lot of treats for motivation!
Cliffs – no fences to prevent falling
The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is doable with kids if you stick to the easy sections! Choose your own adventure and stay one night or many!
Family Backpacking 101