Hi everyone and welcome back! If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that I was over on Vancouver Island last weekend, exploring it up! Rory and I decided to get away from Vancouver for a couple of days and it’s been a few years since we were last on the Island so we were loooonng overdue for a trip. Since we were heading over, I could not pass up the opportunity to check out a beach that’s near and dear to my heart. Today’s post is all about the serene and beautiful Mystic Beach! I first came across Mystic Beach while hiking the Juan de Fuca Trail back in 2014. I remember being particularly excited because it was one of the first beaches that we came across on the hike. And I found the Juan de Fuca trail to be hard! Mystic Beach was my first little reward.
I completely forgot how muddy this trail is! It’s about a 30-45 minute hike from the China Beach Day Use parking lot (one way). We were totally unprepared for the mud on this occasion and I was wearing rain boots! But we still wanted to make the most of our time on the Island so we continued on. But be warned! The trail is muddy!! The hike itself is easy to moderate; most of the challenge comes from navigating the mud on the trail. There isn’t too much elevation gain. You’ll also cross a suspension bridge.
The weather on the west coast changes minute to minute. When we started our hike to Mystic Beach it the weather was gorgeous and sunny. But by the time we reached the beach, the weather had taken a turn. Stormy, raining and cloudy. Not the best for pictures because it got pretty dark, but it was a true Pacific Northwest experience! There’s a rope swing located to the left once you enter the beach. It’s a popular little attraction (there were a ton of kids swinging around) but it’s so much fun! It’s also a very Instagram-worthy spot.
As mentioned, the trail is muddy, even in the summer. Be prepared for that and bring proper footwear. Also bring a light rain jacket in case the weather changes suddenly, which it probably will! The summer is a perfect time to visit, when it’s warm and the chances of rain are lower. It’s still fun to check out in a storm though, speaking from personal experience :).
Thank you so much for reading! If you’re planning to visit Vancouver Island, you can also check out my Weekend Guide to Victoria! You’ll find great recommendations and ideas for how to spend a perfect weekend in Victoria! From the best restaurants and bakeries and things to do etc. I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Find me on Instagram to see more hiking and travel adventures! xoxo Candice