China Beach is located along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is a sandy beach that is great for walking and enjoying the ocean-like scenery. There are many views looking across the Strait towards the state of Washington and marine wildlife can sometimes be spotted, such as orcas or seals.
The trail to China Beach begins at the lower parking lot at the far end and, while it does go down a hill to the beach, it is a wide, well-maintained trail that is relatively easy. Follow the trail past the map and the outhouse as you begin by walking through the forest as the trail gently descends.
The path continues past an area of bushes before reaching a couple of really large Douglas Fir trees. Continue a short distance further to a wooden platform, where views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca can be seen between the trees. Follow the trail to the right as it descends quickly, then veers to the left, making its way out onto the China Beach.
The views from the beach are incredible. You can choose to pick a spot along the beach to relax and enjoy the view or explore the area further by walking along the coastline. The beach area does not go far towards the northwest (right) as it is blocked by steep rock walls that have been eroded over time by the rugged west coast weather. Heading to the southeast, you can follow the beach for quite some distance as you enjoy the views looking across towards the United States.
Return to the parking lot by walking back to the trail and follow it uphill, passing the viewing platform and large trees. It's a bit of a workout up the hill but the distance is not too far as you soon find yourself hiking through the forest with the parking lot in view.
The trail to China Beach begins near the trailhead on the eastern end of the Juan de Fuca Trail, from the China Beach day-use parking lot. The China Beach day-use area is located just off of Highway #14 on the way to the town of Port Renfrew.
From downtown Victoria, drive to Douglas Street and follow it north, leaving the city as Douglas turns into Highway #1. Take Exit #14 to Langford and loop around the off-ramp, crossing over the highway and following Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn right at the intersection with Sooke Road and follow the signs to Sooke.
Continue driving along Sooke Road (Highway #14) as staying on this road will take you to the China Beach day-use area.
After passing the Jordan River, you are getting close. Watch for signs for the China Beach Campground but continue driving the highway past the campground for about another 700-metres until you see a turn off for the China Beach day-use area and the Juan de Fuca Trail. Turn left and drive down the road to the parking lot at the very bottom to the left. The trail to China Beach begins at the far end of the parking lot.
Camping is available at the China Beach Campground during the summer months, approximately May 15 – September 16. The campsite is closed during the winter. The China Beach Campsite has a variety of vehicle accessible campsites and tent campsites.
Reservations are required and can be made on the BC Parks website.
Dogs are permitted on the trail to China Beach and on the beach area. Please keep your dog on a leash at all times and ensure to pickup after your dog and remove all excrement from the park.
Outhouses are located at the start of the trail and also near the beach area.