The goal of this list is to inspire trip leaders to find destinations for trips they can schedule. Of course, there are many variables in choosing trips – such as length of day, weather, road conditions, level of difficulty and exertion required – but we hope this helps spread ideas and start conversations. Which trip would you like to lead? 

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Shorter day trips

  • Mt Manuel Quimper / Brule
  • East Sooke park,  Babbington Hill and  Mt Maguire
  • Sooke Hills: Three Amigos Trail
  • Sooke Hills: Grass and Shields Lakes
  • Mt Tzouhalem
  • Mt Braden
  • Townsend Ridge and Sugarloaf
  • Mt Finlayson
  • Mt Newton
  • Goldstream Park/Niagara Falls
  • Maple Mountain
  • Empress Mountain
  • Mt Benson
  • Mt Prevost

Longer day trips

  • East Sooke park traverse
  • Mt Arrowsmith
  • Mt Moriarty
  • Mt Cokely
  • Forbidden Plateau traverse
  • 5040 Peak
  • El Capitan
  • Mt Landale
  • Mt Service
  • Mt Whymper
  • Heather Mountain
  • Mt Ginger Goodwin
  • Mt Drabble
  • Indianhead Mountain
  • Mt Becher
  • Crest Mountain
  • Mt Apps
  • Adder Mountain
  • Wesley Ridge Traverse (Mt. Wesley), with or without Mt. Horne
  • Mt Gibson via Brigadine Lake

Even longer day or backpacking trips

  • Mt Albert Edward
  • Castle Crag circuit
  • Elk River Trail to Iceberg Lake
  • Flower Ridge
  • Augerpoint
  • Steamboat
  • Pogo
  • Triple Peak
  • Mt Myra
  • Comox glacier
  • Kings Peak
  • Mt Klitsa

Ski or snowshoe trips

  • Mt. Elma
  • Mt Allan Brook
  • Mt Becher
  • 5040 Peak
  • Mt Apps
  • Adder Mountain
  • Kludahk trail


Summit post has excellent detail on many of these mountains, many entries are written by our members.

Wild Isle Publications has published several good guide books by Philip Stone and others.

Our very own archive of Bushwhacker newsletters and annuals is also a great resource. Enter a peak name or search term into the search field and read the articles that come up.