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Mount Finlayson at Goldstream Provincial Park Professional Review and Guide
"The trail going up Mount Finlayson is a steep rugged trail with gnarled tree root sections and scrambling on rocks followed by 365-degree ocean and mountain vistas. One of the highest peaks near the capital city of Victoria, Mount Finlayson offers a short but steady climb through second-growth Douglas fir, Garry oak, and arbutus forest. In fall many hikers stop by the Goldstream River to admire the glittering bodies of three species of salmon: chum, coho, and chinook. Up to 50,000 salmon return to spawn in this river each year."
--Shannon & Lissa Cowan, Hiking Vancouver Island (Falcon Guides).
The hike is short but steep, and kicks your butt near the top! You're practically scrambling (maybe you actually are, I don't know), but you do climb up rocks for quite a bit. You can see there are always people taking breaks. We took the trail on the back side to go down, which was gentler, but the 3km walk back to the parking lot on the pavement wasn't so fun.
I don't recommend this for little kids and I did see some who were walking down the rock part. One looked quite scared.
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