Length: 1.7km one way - Steep Uphill!

Elevation Gain: 207m

Time: 1-2 hours

Trailhead: Take Juniper from Rainbow Road and follow it to the top.

Special Features: The viewpoint at the peak of Mount Erskine (436 meters) is one of the island’s most spectacular. Fairy doors can also be spotted throughout the Park.


This is one of the easier ways up Mt Erskine (but that doesn't mean its easy!). From the turn around at the end of Trustees' Trail (follow Juniper all the way up) look out for the trail head sign and the magical path heading off between the trees! As you enter the forest you will be treated to amazing carpets of moss, twisted old trees that look like they could come to life and glimpses out to the ocean.

There are two left turns off this trail - the first takes you to the top via a less steep more winding route for a slightly less demanding climb (shown in orange on the map). The second will feel more like you are walking straight up the side of Erskine, so if you like a workout, it's for you! Make sure you take one of the two left turns, otherwise you will end up at the Collin's Road Trail head, and a long way from your car!

If you take the second turn you will continue to climb through lush forest, climbing up gravelly paths and over smooth cool rocks. You may have to hop over the odd fallen tree, and don't forget to keep you eyes open for the Faerie Homes on the way up. We have tried to mark some of them on the map, but locations may not be exact.

From the summit we like to take the the left hand fork which affords sweeping views over Vancouver Island before climbing back down to meet the trail you came up. Make sure you turn right at the T Junction to end up back at Juniper. There are some more Faerie homes on the way down including a couple that are well hidden. If you do decided to go looking for them please take extra care as the paths are steep, slippery and next to a cliff!

BE ADVISED: The trail ascends very steeply and there can be loose rocks. We do not recommend this trail with young children. 

Please hike responsibly: SaltSpringMarket.com does not warrant that trails are safe or passable, nor that the information provided is completely accurate. Look out for maps at trail heads and markers on trails.  Travelling on trails has inherent risks and you assume responsibility for your own safety and protection.  Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and take food and water.

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