High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.
Lantzville Loop ... sweet!
Hey folks. It's been a quiet 2 months for us, hiking wise, as we've been preoccupied with family matters. When we've had free time it's been full blast mountain bike trail riding. We enjoy that 'cuz it's in our outdoor world and produces a serious, fun workout in a lot less time than a day hike. Time for us has been tight lately.
In keeping with the XJ6 hiking theme, "SSS" ... Short, Steep + Scenic, here's a nugget for you, barely a few minutes drive from Lantzville on Van Island. This hike, on an excellent trail, wanders it's way up the north side of the Copley Ridge. Most folks take the 5 km Loop (red) but there's also the 4 km up+back climb to the Lantzville Lookout (blue). The climb to the lookout involves a steady, steep + fun 1,000' climb to a rock summit with nice views of Nanoose harbour and the coast mountains of the sunshine coast. The loop has some climbing too but less so than the summit.
This is a sweet, short outing that is dog-friendly + easy to access. It's part of a very large, diverse trail system in the low lying mountains of the Copley ridge to foothills.
It was a crappy, cold, cloudy day so the pics are lousy. If you're looking for a few good hours, with a bit of thigh burn + cardio, do this hike.