Lone Tree Hill

Lone Tree Hill

Highlands

  • Difficulty
    Intermediate

  • Time
    (Roundtrip)
    1 hour

  • Distance
    (Roundtrip)
    1.6km

  • Elevation
    100 meters

  • Dog Friendly
    Yes

  • Public Transportation
    No

  • From Downtown Victoria
    30 minutes

  • Camping
    No


Overview

The 360-degree view from the top of Lone Tree Hill is incredible on a clear day, providing scenery of the Highlands region, west towards Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and as far south and east as the Strait of Juan De Fuca. The trail is well defined but steep in sections.

From the gravel parking lot, walk towards the map board of the regional park and begin your hike along the gravel trail. The trail begins climbing gradually at the start but quickly becomes fairly steep. After a steep section, the trail becomes more gradual again as it moves away from the road below and loops to the right.

Again, the trail climbs through a steep section before reaching several Arbutus trees and a clearing on the right. Go right and walk a short distance out to the first viewpoint. After enjoying the view, return to the trail and continue hiking up as you climb up a steep rocky section. Once at the top, continue to the far end, making your way over several large rocks to a viewpoint at the top that provides views in all directions.

On a clear day, you can see very far into the distance. To the west is Holmes Peak and Jocelyn Hill in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and south of those mountains is Mount Finlayson. The area below is known as Highlands and on a very clear day you can see as far west as Haro Strait and south as the Strait of Juan De Fuca.

After enjoying your time at the top, make your way back over the rocks in the direction you arrived and carefully back down the steep rock. Pass the first viewpoint on your left and following the trail back down to the gravel parking lot where you began.


Driving Directions

Lone Tree Hill Regional Park is located in the Highlands neighbourhood along Millstream Road. From downtown Victoria, drive along Douglas Street heading northbound as you leave the city and Douglas turns into Highway #1, the Trans-Canada Highway. Drive for about 12km and take Exit #14 Langford / Highlands turning right onto Millstream Road after you exit. Follow Millstream Road as you leave all of the shopping malls behind and pass through a residential area. You will drive along Millstream Road for about 8km as it slowly weaves is way uphill through, what feels like, a remote area. Continue driving past the sign pointing to Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and watch for signs for Lone Tree Hill Regional Park on your right. Turn right into the gravel parking lot and start your hike next to the park map.


Additional Information

Dog-Friendly

Dogs are allowed on the trail to Lone Tree Hill but please keep them under control at all times and pickup and remove all excrement from the park.

Toilets

There is a pit toilet located at the start of the trail to Lone Tree Hill, right next to the parking lot. There are no other toilet facilities along the the route within the regional park.

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