La Bonne Matheson Lake Trail

La Bonne Matheson Lake Trail is in the coastal community of Metchosin in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Douglas fir and cedar trees provide cover over this trail that lies on the slopes of Matheson Lake. Ferns, mosses, lichen and few smaller plants complete the understory. The rocky trail curves down the hill about two hundred meters toward Matheson Lake Regional Park. When you follow the trail branch eastward, parallel to the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin, Wayne Road Park and trail can be reached. The lake shore is about five hundred meters further down slope.

Geographical location N48º 22’ 4” W123º 35’ 43”

La Bonne Matheson Lake Trail can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Continue along Rocky Point Road to reach Liberty Drive. Turn right onto Liberty Drive and continue to Le Bonne Road. Look for the trail marker for La Bonne Matheson Lake Trail in the curve of Le Bonne Road between properties numbered 5135 and 5145.   There is limited parking along the roadside.

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La Bonne Trail

La Bonne Trail is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This short trail is composed of narrow strip of land with a rocky trail that leads down to the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin in Matheson Lake Regional Park. Over the short two hundred meters to the Matheson Lake Park the trail drops from an elevation of about 200 meters to about 140 meters. The next half kilometer to the GGT results in an elevation change of about a hundred meters. This could be a good route for those who like steep slopes for hiking. Douglas fir and cedar trees are found in both park areas with ferns, mosses and lichen in the understory. Matheson Lake Trail, Mount Ash Park, Wayne Rock Park, Matheson Lake Regional Park, Bob Mountain Park, Buckbrush Swamp Park, Metchosin Wilderness Park, Montreul Hill, the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin and Eleanor Mann Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 22’ 16” W123º 36’ 11”

La Bonne Trail can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Continue along Rocky Point Road to reach Liberty Drive. Turn right onto Liberty Drive and continue to Le Bonne Road. Look for the access to Le Bonne Trail near the turnabout area at the end of the road. There is limited parking along the roadside.

Mount Ash Park

 

Mount Ash Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This small park provides a wonderful view over the western region of Metchosin from an elevation of two hundred and twenty meters. Nestled along the rocky slopes of Mount Ash, the trail is a steep climb on the granite gneiss bedrock. The narrow park is surrounded by homes and owners who value their privacy. Matheson Lake Regional Park, the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin, East Sooke Regional Park, Matheson Lake Trail and the Liberty-LeBonne trail are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 22’ 24” W123º 35’ 50”

Mount Ash Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Continue along Rocky Point Road to reach Liberty Drive. Turn right onto Liberty Drive and continue to Le Bonne Road. Look for the access to Mount Ash Park near home number 5245. Walk along the driveway of this home to reach the trail marker for the steep ascent to the summit. There is limited parking along the roadside.

Wayne Rock Park

 

 

 

Wayne Road Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This small park is composed of narrow strip of land with a rough trail that leads down to the Galloping Goose Trail and toward Matheson Lake Regional Park. The rock that forms the name sake of the park is partially overgrown with mosses and lichen. The forest was logged in the early nineteen hundreds and the trail was original a skid trail. The pathway fords to Wildwood Creek; this creek flows into Pedder Bay of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. Matheson Lake Regional Park, Bob Mountain Park, Buckbrush Swamp Park, Metchosin Wilderness Park, Montreul Hill, the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin and Eleanor Mann Park are nearby.

Geographical location             N48º 22’ 3” W123º 35’ 10”

Wayne Road Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Continue along Rocky Point Road to reach Liberty Drive. Turn right onto Liberty Drive and continue to Woodley Gyhll Drive. The trail marker is between homes 5125 and 5085. There is limited parking along the roadside.

Eleanor Mann Park

Eleanor Mann Park sign

Eleanor Mann Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.   This forested area was selectively logged in the mid nineteen hundreds and continues to support cedar, Douglas fir and arbutus trees. Salal, ferns, mosses and lichen form part of the understory. The Mann family business, Don Mann Excavating Ltd, donated the parkland in the memory of Eleanor, wife of Don and mother to Steve, current proprietor of the family business. The main trails are bridle trails that are interconnected to the pathways from the end of Sweet Chestnut Place, along Liberty Drive and near the end of Arden Road.   Metchosin Wilderness Park, Bob Mountain Park and Buckbrush Swamp Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 22’23” W123º 34’ 48”

Eleanor Mann Park can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1) when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road then right onto Rocky Point Road. Continue along Rocky Point Road to reach Liberty Drive. Follow along Liberty Drive to reach Deer Park Trail and look for the park access at the end of the road.

Buckbrush Swamp Park

 

Buckbrush Swamp Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The rough well-trodden footpath circles around a small wetlands area and is about five hundred meters long. Sections of the pathway double as a bridle trail while no deer were spotted during my reconnaissance there is plenty of evidence that deer visit this parkland. The forest and wetlands are composed of deer fern, bracken, grasses, lichens, willows, hemlock, Douglas fir, western red cedar, alder and bigleaf maple trees. The park is across the road from Metchosin Wilderness Park and close to Bob Mountain Park.

Geographical location N48º 22’ 16” W123º 35’ 0”

Buckbrush Swamp Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Continue on Rocky Point Road to reach Liberty Road. Turn right onto Liberty Road and look for the park on left near Eagle Point Road. Buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Bob Mountain Park

 

Bob Mountain Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This park is a long narrow area that includes a steep sloped section that leads down toward the Matheson Lake Regional Park and the Galloping Goose Trail. Selectively logged in the early nine hundreds, the forest is composed of cedars, Douglas fir and ferns.  Grasses, mosses and smaller plants cover areas around exposed rock. This five hundred and sixteen meter long forest trail drops about 40 meters down along its path toward Matheson Lake Regional Park. Bob Mountain Park is about twenty meters wide along most of its length. Its rough trail is bordered by the homesteads on both sides.  The trailhead is along Liberty Drive near Metchosin Wilderness Park and Buckbush Swamp Park. The upper section is well trodden by dog walkers, hikers and mountain bikers. There is no hilltop in this park called Bob Mountain yet there is a one hundred and forty meter high peak within the parkland that appears unnamed on most maps. Matheson Lake Regional Park, the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin, Buckbrush Swamp Park, Metchosin Wilderness Park and Montreal Hill Park are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 58” W123º 34’ 53”

Bob Mountain Park can be reached from the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1) when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Continue along Rocky Point Road to reach Liberty Drive. Turn right onto Liberty Drive and follow along the curves in the road to reach Woodley Ghyll Drive. Turn left onto Woodley Ghyll Drive and look for the trail marker at the intersection. There is a partially covered shelter on this corner with limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road and Rocky Point Road.