118.1 miles
5,064 ft
-5,064 ft
1,506 ft
High Point


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Cowichan Valley 8 Bikepacking Route is a 118 mile less popular easy route located near Saanich British Columbia. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 5,064 ft with a max elevation of 1,506 ft then descends -5,064 ft.
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2 Reviews & Comments

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dmitrim (May 11, 2020 at 20:00)
From CVRD.bc.ca website:
The Cowichan Valley Trail is a spectacular multi-use trail that is an integral part of The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) route on Southern Vancouver Island. The Cowichan Valley section runs from the Capital Regional District boundary at the top of the Malahat, north to Shawnigan Lake and the Kinsol Trestle, west to the Town of Lake Cowichan then north to the Nanaimo Regional District. The majority of the gravel trail is wide and flat with some sections running along the roadways. The trail provides for easy cycling and walking.
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VANISLCYCLER (Jul 13, 2019 at 21:03)
I road this trail from Colwood to the Kinsol Trestle north of Shawnigan Lake July 11 2019. I've done the section from Belmont Highschool to Trailway road before but could not find the continuation. This time I found that after meeting Trailway road from the trail, Ignore the Great Trail sign across the road stating to go left, that is for hikers. I discovered turning right on Trailway and go up to Goldstream Heights , a short distance. Turn left on Goldstream Heights and cycle approx. 2km till you meet junction of Goldstream Heights and Findlayson View Pl. This is where the trail head begins again. It is a hilly ride from there to the Trestle with a few bridges to cross. The scenery is really nice and the trial uses an old railway bed beside Shawnigan Lake. It is worth the effort to get to the Kinsol Trestle, with nice views. You can continue on to Holt Trestle another 16km on old railway bed, and if you are really adventurous you can cycle all the way to Lake Cowichan. The ride is really nice, however you need to be in shape or have an e-bike. Trip for Belmont High School to Kinsol Trestle is approx. 40km and took about 2 1/2 hours riding. There are several wilderness areas , so you need food, water, and a repair kit, there are no stores. There is also wildlife deer, bear, and cougars. I highly recommend this ride. I did a round trip from my house totaling 85km, it took 6 hours and I used about 70 percent of my e-bike battery. The ride back to Victoria is mostly down hill and very exhillerating. A great ride , with a couple plain areas, but for the most part lots of beautiful scenery of Straights of Juan de Fuca, forest, and meadows.


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    XC, CX, Gravel
More Stats for Cowichan Valley 8 Bikepacking Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude start
    33 ft
  • Altitude end
    33 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    51 miles
  • Distance down
    48 miles
  • Distance flat
    20 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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May 23, 2022 @ 3:14am
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Trail is all good
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