Sombrio Beach - Juan de Fuca Trail

Looking towards Sombrio from the western most beach access
Type: Backcountry

Open: Year round

$10.00 per person / night (persons 16 years of age and older)
$5.00 per child / night (persons 6 - 15 years of age)
Payable by exact cash in drop box at trail head or Online

Reservations: No

Toilets: Pit/Outhouse
Showers: No
Potable Water: No, water is available from streams but must be boiled, treated or filtered before drinking.
Pets: Yes
Garbage: Pack it out
Fire Pit: Small fires are permitted on beaches below the high tide mark. Use only driftwood for fires – do not cut trees or snags or use other vegetation Never leave your fire unattended and practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics. (Check for fire ban)
Hydro: No
Sanidump: No
Accessible: No
Description:  Sombrio Beach is the most accessible Campsite on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, a 47 kilometre wilderness trail stretching along the western shoreline of the southern Island. This beach is rocky in places and Sandy in others. There are many brushed out sites near the river and a number of nice sandy spots near the eastern end of the beach. Follow the creek nearest the south trail access into a slot canyon and hidden waterfall.

Things to Do: 

Beach - This beach is rocky in come places and sandy in others. Relax and enjoy the view of the Olympic Peninsula.

Hiking - The Juan de Fuca Trail runs through wonderful coastal forest, sometime inland and sometimes on the bluffs overlooking the straight. It is muddy and challenging, but also very rewarding. Hike East along the Juan de Fuca Trail to the Loss Creek Suspension Bridge. Or hike west over the Sombrio River Suspension Bridge and to the Minute Creek Suspension Bridge.

Swimming - On hot summer days the ocean warms up enough for a brisk swim.

Wildlife Viewing - Killer Whales and Grey Whales have often been observed swimming past the beach or feeding in the kelp reefs just off the beach. The best time to see Grey Whales is during their migration from the Mexican coast to Alaska during March and April.

BC Parks Policy

Operated by: BC Provincial Parks

Number of Sites: 0, camp on the beach, be sure to pitch your tent above the high tide line

Map: Juan de Fuca Trail

BC Provincial Park
BC Parks JDF Trail
Juan de Fuca Trail

Search for Sombrio on the Interactive Google Map

Tent pitched in the sand at the eastern end of the beach
The beach looking west at low tide
The slot canyon and waterfall
The Sombrio River suspension bridge

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