Mill Hill

Length: 45 minutes

Technical Difficulty:  2/5, steep and slightly slippery gravel

Summary:  Urban park right beside Island Highway.

 

Description:  Leaving Victoria along Highway 1, take the Colwood exit towards Thetis Lake.  Take right at the Shell gas station (Six Mile Rd) and then left on Atkins Rd.  At the four way stop, take a left, and then the second right with signs to Mill Hill Regional Park.  There’s a loop to the top, both quite steep and a bit rocky / gravelly.

Most worthwhile in the spring, early to mid-May, to view the wildflowers:  Fawn Lilies, Shooting Stars, Camas Lilies and Calypso Orchids.

Calypsos along the Calypso trail
Calypsos along the Calypso trail

 

Dodecatheon
Dodecatheon

Even better, time your climb to coincide with sunset / moonrise.

moonrise over Victoria Legislature and Trial Island
moonrise over Victoria Legislature and Trial Island

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