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Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Premium

Juan de Fuca Trail Map
Length:32.2 miles
Steps:73,037
Burned:4,139 calories
Hiked:Sep 19, 2022—Sep 22, 2022
Photos:290
Videos:13
Type:premium
Walk Trail!

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail isn’t quite as well-known as its more famous sibling, the West Coast Trail, but don’t let that fool you into thinking this a second-rate trail. The views are just as amazing, it‘s easier to access, does not require advanced reservations months in advance and is a gem locals do not overlook even if the rest of the world often does.

The Juan de Fuca Trail runs along the Canadian side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island. Across the strait, the glacier-covered Olympic Mountains tower above the horizon. In the strait, whales can often be spotted.

The route is a designated wilderness hiking trail, and conditions can be difficult but rewarding. Hiking this virtual route, you can avoid many of the physical difficulties the trail will throw at you: mud, tides, mountains, weather and more—but the wildlife, tide pools, beaches and views make it all worth it.

Joining me this time around is Karolina, my hiking companion that you might remember from other trails such as the Jordan Trail (you’ll even see photos of her wearing her Jordan Trail T-shirt).

If you’re thinking about hiking the trail in real life, you might want to download the GPS tracks of the route.

Stage NameLength
(miles)
Position
(miles)
1.China Beach7.20.0 → 7.2
2.Sombrio Beach7.57.2 → 14.7
3.Payzant Creek7.514.7 → 22.2
4.Port Renfrew10.022.2 → 32.2
Surfer on China Beach
Juan de Fuca Trail @0.9 miles
Surfer on China Beach
Cairn village
Juan de Fuca Trail @2.7 miles
Cairn village
9.0 miles
Juan de Fuca Trail @9.0 miles
Sombrio Point
Juan de Fuca Trail @14.5 miles
Sombrio Point
Sea lions!
Juan de Fuca Trail @15.0 miles
Sea lions!
Mink!
Juan de Fuca Trail @16.4 miles
Mink!
Video
Sea anemones!
Juan de Fuca Trail @25.9 miles
Sea anemones!
Karolina checks out a tide pool
Juan de Fuca Trail @26.3 miles
Karolina checks out a tide pool
Video