Moderate routes nearish Victoria.

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Linden McCallum
Victoria
Moderate routes nearish Victoria.

Hi there, I’m looking for some interesting places to go in the general Victoria area that aren’t to tough to get to and would be passable this time of year. I have a 2007 Subaru Outback with toyo open country at 3 tires on it, so while not useless off road it’s definitely not a lifted jeep on 35’s. I have been to avatar grove and Lonely Doug. Bear creek reservoir is one I’m looking at, I’m just not sure how rough it would be to get there from Jordan river or if it’s open this time of year. I’d love to know if there are other places worth checking out I don’t mind if it’s a view, beach, lake, river, or just a cool patch of wilderness I’m just looking to find some places that aren’t off the main road and crowded!

Thank you!

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Seth
Lantzville

Secret lake? Can be a busy place though. Not much of a secret.

You can cruise roads behind Lake Cowichan too without going crazy.

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Linden McCallum
Victoria

That sounds neat! Is there a trail to secret lake?

I’ll take a look at what’s around lake Cowichan.

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Seth
Lantzville

I've never been, but it's supposed to be a really nice spot. I'm sure if you do enough sleuthing you'll find it because of its popularity.

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Linden McCallum
Victoria

Ok cool I’ll see what I can find, thank you

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David bade
Ladysmith BC

I went to lake Cowichan drove all the way around it,was a great location I will say though next time going through the town lake Cowichan and going to south side and when the pavement ends there are so many really great trails going into the bush of almost every level of difficulty. Anyways fact is lake Cowichan south side is my new playground for a while.

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Jared
Langford

While secret lake isn't "hard" to get to, I'm a little concerned that a Subaru Outback may or may not take some minor damage on the last trail to the spot. I remember doing it my first time in my 2015 4runner (stock height at the time) and I took some damage near my running boards. Likely due to new off-road driver error, but still worth noting.

It's not a hard journey, the trail is quite mild, there's just a some larger stones here and there about 500 meters before the spot. Luckily there's plenty of places to turn around along the way, hell, I've seen vehicles with less ground clearance do it, but those were shit boxes that the owners clearly didn't care about.

Also, expect there to be a bunch of dirt bike/ quad / SXS red necks monopolizing the cabin and firepit. I consider myself lucky if there's room to park. That being said, I never go there anymore unless it's to show a friend, because of how busy it is ALL THE TIME.

Really cool spot though, everyone should go at least once!

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Linden McCallum
Victoria

That’s some really good advice, I suppose I could find a pull out before the roughest section to stop and walk the last little bit. Also do you have a route for getting there? I haven’t been able to find anything online.

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Jared
Langford

I'm not great on giving directions but if you have Gaia Maps, here's the route

https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=14.8/-123.9532/48.4759&pubLink=7z1n6OSe...

Basically Muir main and then a right onto Alligator main at the bridge. I'll post a screen shot of the map tracks.

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Alex
Duncan

I highly doubt an Outback will get over the very first obstacle. Remember that hump and ditch we had to go through to get from the road to the trail? No way. And there are several deep ditches and flowing water in them along the trail. I wouldn’t take an outback in there.

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