JUAN DE FUCA TRAIL: SOMBRIO BEACH TO PARKINSON CREEK

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Round trip, 15.2 km in 8 hours and 25 minutes. Wikiloc links of our route:

Sombrio Beach is much wider than Bear Beach, there is camping area on both sides of a small river that is saved by a suspension bridge.

JUAN DE FUCA 30. Tienda de campaña en Sombrio Beach, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. Tent
Tent in Sombrio Beach

The first part of the trail is through the beach at low tide; it is a long section, and one of the inaccessible points at high tide, so it is essential to check the tide tables before starting the march.

JUAN DE FUCA 31. Playa de Sombrio Beach, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. (2)
Hiking on the beach
JUAN DE FUCA 31. Playa de Sombrio Beach, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. (3)
The track goes on the right side of the beach

Once in the forest, we will pass by this small and bucolic waterfall.

JUAN DE FUCA 32. Cascada, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island.
Waterfall on the north side of the path

After 4 km we’ll arrive at Little Kuitshe Creek, much more basic, but also quieter, than Sombrio Beach.

JUAN DE FUCA 33. Little Kuitshe campsite, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island.
Panel at Little Kuitshe Creek campsite
JUAN DE FUCA 33. Little Kuitshe campsite, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. (2)
One of the spots for tents in Little Kuitshe Creek

Later there are many sections with stairs and difficult access areas.

JUAN DE FUCA 34. Escaleras Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island.
Stairs section
JUAN DE FUCA 34. Zona dificil Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. Dificul area
Section to solve with the help of ropes

And the views of the coast are spectacular again. On the rocks of this area it is common to see sea lions, although we only saw them in the water and very far away.

JUAN DE FUCA 35. Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island.
View of the coast from the Trail

The last part, before reaching Parkinson Creek, trees are low.

JUAN DE FUCA 35. Cerca de Parkinson Creek Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island.
The trail near Parkinson Creek
JUAN DE FUCA 35. Parkinson Creek Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island.
Parkinson Creek is a little more than a parking lot
JUAN DE FUCA 35. Arrendajo azul de Steller Parkinson Creek Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. Blue jay
One Steller’s blue jay, asking for food

We only had to go the way back and, who says that the return is not different from the way? The first thing that happened to us, just 500 meters from Parkinson Creek, is that after a bend I found myself 10 meters away from an adult black bear with her cub. Luckily they were as surprised as I was. My first impulse was to take out the camera, but my second and next saner impulse was to slowly back away without losing visual contact, raising my arms slowly to try to look bigger, as I had read in all the recommendations during the last 3 weeks in Canada. Once we got so far back that we lost sight of it, we started making noise and moving slowly. This scared the bear cub, which did not have a better occurrence than climbing a tree that it later could not get down, which made it even more frightened, and this made the mother not move away from the road nor even a meter until the adorable creature was able to go down, 10 minutes later. Then they left and we lost them in the bush. We did not feel completely calm until 15 minutes later we saw them on the rocks of the coast, more than 100 meters away from the road.

JUAN DE FUCA 14. Oso negro, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. Island, British. Black Bear
Mom bear

JUAN DE FUCA 36. Oso negro, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. Black bear
The bear cub climbing a tree. Picture taken by my cousin Javier Garrido Aranda
JUAN DE FUCA 36. Osos negros, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. Black bears
Both bears wandering on the rocks of the coast some minutes after that

After the hype for the encounter with the bears, and with the day much more clear, the way back became more ameno than the way there, even the cliffs seemed more attractive.

JUAN DE FUCA 37. Escaleras, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. Stairs
Another stair on our way back
JUAN DE FUCA 38. Paisaje de costa, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. Coastal landscape
View of the coast
JUAN DE FUCA 39. Paisaje de costa, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. Coastal landscape
View of the coast
JUAN DE FUCA 40. Sombrio Beach Paisaje de costa, Marine Trail, Isla de Vancouver, Columbia Britanica, Canada. British, Island. Coastal landscape
Back in Sombrio Beach
MORE STAGES IN JUAN DE FUCA TRAIL:
<CHINA BEACH TO BEAR BEACH                                 BOTANICAL BEACH>

∇ Destinations / ∇ Canada / ∇ British Columbia / ∇ Vancouver Island / ∇ Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

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