Boneyard Hill

A scavenger hunt for the adventurous.

Silas and I did another little hike in the Sooke Hills yesterday.

I’m posting this as a challenge to anyone who would like to accept. The rewards are a great view, an adventure, and a very cool POI at the end of the route located at 10 U 445997 5364971.

So, if you are up for this little single-item scavenger hunt make sure you’ve got good walking shoes on and have packed plenty of water as you’ll be traveling about 18km round trip. In fact, I recommend using a bike on this one – a bike with wide tires and sturdy parts should do it. Ride it for as long as you can up the route and then stash it in the woods. Or, if you prefer walking, that’s cool too. There’s a small amount of bushwhacking to be done too, but it’s isn’t too hard and trust me, folks have been here before. :) Along the way, you’ll meet Boneyard Lake. Although I’ve only seen this lake in early winter, I’d say it would make a swell swimming hole in the summer. For sure, in any season it’s gooood look’n. You’ll be traveling through an area that was historically a logging area. Even though the land has been logged, it still offers a lot of beauty, most of all when your start to reach the higher slopes en route.

I’m going to assume that you have some way of opening a .gpx file. The free Google Earth can open them on the Mac and on Windows after you convert them to Google’s .kml format. So, first things first:

  1. Download: my GPX tracklog of this hike.
  2. Download Google Earth (if you haven’t already done so) or open up your fancy proprietary GPS program and load my .gpx file. *Note: If you are on a Windows machine Google Earth will not open a .gpx file directly. You will need to convert it first or open it in a special way.
  3. Study the route, upload it to your GPS or plot it on a Government map.
  4. You’ll need to drive out to Sooke and turn inland at the main intersection, just google map this ;). Then you’ll drive almost all the way to the Scouts Canada, Camp Bernard (again, just check Google Maps) but turn right and head up a logging road just before the camp. I recommend printing out a road map of the area if you don’t already know it.
  5. Park anywhere you feel comfortable. Bust out your GPS (or plotted map and compass) and enjoy the hike/bike ride.
  6. Enjoy the treasure at 10 U 445997 5364971!

Silas and I didn’t find a cairn at the top of the hill that the route passes over so we made one. We didn’t know what to call the peak so for now I’ll just call it Boneyard Hill after Boneyard Lake. I’m wondering the significance of “boneyard” in the official names. Anyone with info, feel free to get in touch with me..

Solomon, our K9 companion didn’t want to walk the rest of the way down to the car due to a paw injury so we put him in Si’s knapsack and carried him down.

The view from the top of Boneyard Hill. Good luck!

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