Grass Lake in Sooke - Victoria Hiking Trails
(aka Grasse Lake or Grassie Lake) is a moderately difficult trail to a beautifully remote lake far in the wilderness of Sooke. Popular for swimming and escaping the world. It is a beautiful and remote lake. There are a couple of lakeside clearings that are perfect for camping.
South facing, and sunny all day. If you don't mind the tough hike in, you will be in paradise. There are in fact, several ways to access Grass Lake.
The recently re-branding of the area as the Sea to Sea Regional Park and the Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt have focussed interest in creating new and better trails in the area. is in the back of beyond and you will will usually find no one there but you.
Most Sooke locals have only vaguely heard of Grass Lake and its rare to talk to someone that has been there. The reason for this may be Sooke Potholes. They are very beautiful and very easy to get to. Grass lake is tricky to find and a bit of tough hike to get there. Once you do find it, however, you will have this hidden paradise to yourself.
Directions to Grass Lake from Sooke Potholes
From Victoria take Douglas Street and continue to the Trans Canada Highway, and follow the signs to Sooke. After 35k turn right on Sooke River Rd (follow the signs to Sooke Potholes). Park at the Sooke Potholes parking lot. From the Sooke Potholes parking lot you will see a riverbed on the right, just before the gates (to the potholes). Follow this riverbed until you reach the Galloping Goose Trail. Turn left and follow the Galloping Goose Trail for about 600 metres until you see a large trail on your right. This trail leads to Grass Lake. See the map above.
Directions to Grass Lake from Sea to Sea Regional Park
You can also access Grass Lake from the Sea to Sea Regional Park just south of Sooke Potholes Park. See the map here.
More Trails Near Grass Lake
Galloping Goose Regional Trail developed from a disused railway line begins at the Johnson Street bridge in downtown Victoria and goes in two directions. One direction goes to the Vancouver ferry terminal at Swartz Bay, 35km away. And the other 55km through the Western Communities, out past Sooke ending near the ghost town, Leechtown. There are convenient km markers all along the trail emanating from the Johnson Street starting point. The Galloping Goose is a wonderful trail that takes you through busy, urban areas of Victoria, yet away from cars and roads. The beginning of the trail in Victoria near the Inner Harbour is a beautiful way to start the trail. The large train trestles stretch across the water, giving you a constantly changing and beautiful view of downtown Victoria. Sooke is a wonderful coastal town with amazingly deep and beautiful forests, lakes and rivers. The Sooke Potholes is an extraordinary example of this. Over thousands of years swirling water have created amazingly deep pools in this otherwise, massive and crashing river. This has created an astonishing river-world fun park of sorts. Cliffs, fallen trees, rock outcrops over the river. Nothing, including the river ever runs in anything close to a straight line. So many amazing vantage points, so many unbelievable swimming spots. If you are interested in venturing further, you can follow the potholes for quite a distance. About 3k in fact, as they snake through the river valley. East Sooke Regional Park is a convenient and easily accessible way to experience the wild, west coast of Vancouver Island. Weather blasted rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and deep coastal forest trails run throughout the park. Every few minutes along the coast you come to another startlingly desolate ocean vantage point. Everything about East Sooke Park is just great and should not be missed on a trip to Victoria anytime of the year. The sheer size of this park and number of trails, over 50 kilometres of them. The Coastal Trail, almost 12 kilometres long, stretches out linearly in an array of pocket beaches, rocky viewpoints and fantastically alive tide pools. It hugs the cliff, ducks into the forest and back out to another stunning ocean viewpoint. Witty's Lagoon Regional Park is a great network of trails and boardwalks that meander through an impressive Douglas-fir forest leading to the wonderful beach at Witty's Lagoon. The trails total over 5k, however, can be hiked in smaller sections. Many just head to the beach and lagoon and avoid the trails, but the trails are well worth a look. The trails run around the lagoon with great ocean and wildlife scenery. Sitting Lady Falls is wonderfully viewed from the very nice boardwalk. Expect to take two hours if you walk most of the trails and far more if you stay to explore the beach and lagoon. is astonishingly beautiful and incredibly interesting as a tourist attraction in Victoria that most never see. This fact is amazing as it is wonderful and unquestionably, or at least arguably, as good or better than any other attraction around. And at $3.90, what a phenomenal deal. You can crawl all over all the real pre World War I era defensive structures and even play with and all but fire a genuine World War II Anti-Aircraft Gun... which astonishingly is in the parking lot. Fort Rodd Hill has so much to see it spills onto the parking lot. What unbelievable place! Mill Hill Regional Park is a well hidden though wonderfully short hike to amazing views of Victoria, Esquimalt and the Western Communities. The hike is only 15 minutes to the summit with a branching trail that leads to Thetis Lake Park. This is a remarkably seldom hiked park in Victoria. It is rare to see anyone on the trail or at the beautiful summit. The views are amazing. What makes them even more amazing is that the views look as though you are on a much higher mountain than the small and short hike that brought you to this great summit. The hike is only 15 minutes to the summit with a branching trail that leads to the neighbouring Thetis Lake Regional Park. Thetis Lake Regional Park is a very popular Victoria park that contains several lakes. Lower Thetis Lake, Upper Thetis Lake, Prior Lake and further out, McKenzie Lake are all within this amazing park. A wide, spider web of hiking trails run in between and around these lakes in the midst of a beautiful and secluded forest. Trails also lead to more challenging trails to Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain. In the summer Thetis Lake is fantastically popular as a swimming beach. Sandy beach, beautiful lake, and a wonderful trail system make the park crowded on hot days. Fishing, kayaking and canoeing are other popular attractions. The beautiful wilderness hiking trails in Francis King Park take you past massive, old-growth Douglas Fir trees.
Some estimated to be as old as 500 years and the Elsie King interpretive trail gives beautiful descriptions of the forest around you. The Elsie King Trail is a self guided, 800 metre loop trail, named after a leader of the Victoria Girl Guides and wife of the Victoria naturalist, Freeman King. There are over 11 kilometres of trails in Francis/King Park, and the park connects to Thetis Lake Regional Park. Thetis Lake Park then connects to the beautiful Mill Hill Regional Park, combining these three beautiful parks into one, massive, interconnected hiking paradise.