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Galloping Goose Trail


 A 33-mile, mostly soft surface rail trail that runs from downtown Victoria westward to Sooke and up into the foothills to a small mining town. The road crossings are all well-marked, at least out to Sooke. The trail is mostly flat, though there are a few small hills here and there. Great scenery, and some wildlife viewing opportunities. Most of the traffic on this trail is in the section nearest downtown Victoria, and it gets quieter the further south and west you head. Around Sooke Potholes it is almost deserted.
Trail begins just west of downtown Victoria

Location: British Columbia
City(s): Victoria, Esquimalt, Sooke, BC, Canada
Length: 55 miles.  km

Popularity:
 Popular
Elevation: Flat, some gradual gain
     Gain  500
     Loss
  200
Facilities Trail Condition  
Drinking Water:  No
Restrooms:  Yes
Benches:  Yes
Picnic Tables:  Yes
Surface Type:  Mixed
Surface Quality:  6
Scenery:  8
Lighting: 1
Ratings:

0 = none/ the worst
5 = average
10 = excellent


Website: http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks/galloping-goose/index.htm
Maps:
Bikely trail map
E & N Trail Map
Gallopping Goose Bus Stops
Goose & Lochside Brochure Map
Goose and Lochside Trails map
Lochside Trail Brochure(p.7,8)
Maps for the Galloping Goose
Overall Map
Connections:
1. Connects with the Lochside Trail just north of the Switchbridge.
2. Connects with numerous trails in Roche Cove and Matheson Lake regional parks. Most of these do not allow bicycles.
3. Is planned to connect with the E&N Rail Trail by 2012

Directions: http://www.gallopinggoosetrail.com/map_galloping_goose_directions.html


Photo Gallery


A bend in the trail


Trail turns back and forth from paved to dirt surface


Ready for a meal? How about the Railyards Café next to the trail?


The Selkirk Trestle bridges the Portage Inlet


Riding under Bay Street


Get ready to crank it when you hit this bridge


Go left on the Goose towards Sooke, or straight for Swartz Bay on the Lochside Trail


A local bike shop, conveniently located right next to the Galloping Goose


Tunnel under a road


Junction with the highway 1 bike route


This hill was originally cleft through for the railroad


Pedestrian bridge


Crossing the Old Island Highway is a bit tricky. Try the crosswalks nearby


Fall is in the air in this shot


The road names are well marked on almost every crossing


Road goes ever on


Disappearing pavement… again


Lots of trees here


Can't miss the signs


Nice view of the lake from the trail


Grafitti in the Old West? Say it ain't so!


A local rodeo ground


More trees, less people. Peaceful…


Still peaceful


Fall colors from October 2006


Reflection from Mathieson Lake


A rocky way


Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…


Trail bridge a few miles from Sooke


A view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca greets the weary trail rider


Can bearly see the trail under all these leaves


Kilometerpost 38


Trail crosses the Old Island Highway near Sooke


Bench with a view


More leaves


Forest fire danger


Old railroad trestle is now a bike bridge


Got rocks?


A glimpse of the Sooke Potholes. This shot does not do them justice

 

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