Travelling west, the best approach from Highway 18 is to drive into the Town of Lake Cowichan, turn right onto North Shore Road, and fork left onto Meade Creek Road. After crossing two little bridges, just past a trailer court, make a left turn on to the Marble Bay Road. Continue along a winding road until you come to a sign “University Property”. To the right is a locked yellow gate, maintained by the Scout/Guide Camp Committee. Near this gate is a parking area for hikers. Please leave the roadways clear. The camp or trail head is about 0.8 km from the gate. It is about 6 km from the centre of the town of Lake Cowichan to the Scout gate.
Note: Hiking on Bald Mountain is being actively discouraged by the company which owns Bald Mountain Block 117. Access will likely be reopened once they are finished logging.
The trails are all marked with suggested times. They have all been brushed and upgraded. Please bring your garbage out with you. Stay on the trails and do not cut across the switchbacks. Please respect the property. Have a nice hike!
#1 Cub Run: From the parking lot, follow the sign. It is approximately a 10 minute walk to the Old Wolf’s Hill and another 10 minutes to the top where you will have an excellent view of the Camp, the Lake and the Forest Research Station.
#2 Beaver Walk: From the parking lot, follow the Denniger Scout trail for approximately 5 minutes, then turn left at the sign and follow the trail along the lake. Along the way will be places to stop and rest and to see the view. After walking for about an hour there will be a trail off to your right which will be the Venturer’s Challenge. This trail takes you to the Saddle of Bald Mountain and is very steep. If you wish to go all the way to the Marine Park, it is approximately 1 1/2 hours one way.
#3 Denniger Scout Trail: Starts at the parking lot and proceeds in a westerley direction. It is approximately 1 1/2 hours to the Saddle of Bald Mountain. Along the way there are 9 switchbacks. After these if you look to the right you will be able to see the Satellite Earth Station. As you carry on further along the north side of the mountain, you will have several views of the North Arm and Youbou. At the Saddle you will get your first glimpse of the South Arm, the Forest Research Station and Honeymoon Bay. From here you can drop down to the lake, a steep incline, the Venturer’s Challenge and take the Beaver Walk back to the Camp (approximately another 1 1/2 hours) or you can carry on up to the top of Bald Mountain (another 45 minutes) Along the way is a trail off to the right to a fresh water spring. At the top you will see the remains of the site of the old Forestry Lookout Tower and the surrounding area. In amongst the rocks from the saddle to the top you will find wild Creeping Phlox and at the top Wild Onion.
From the top you can either go back the way you came or continue on down the ridge of the mountain to the Marine Park. This is a steep incline and will take about another 1 hours with lost of views of the upper lake and the South Arm. From the Marine Park, along the lake, it will take another 1 1/2 hours of hiking back to the parking lot.