Mt Albert Edward

Park: Strathcona Provincial Park, Forbidden Plateau region


6.5 km one way.

Terrain: Rough
Elevations (in meters)
Start: 1159End: 2094
Minimum: 1159Maximum: 2094
Net Gain: 935Cumulative Gain: 935
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This trail is reached via the Circlet Lake trail.

Raven Lodge (Mt Washington) Trailhead: (250 km from Saanich Hall). Take highway #1 north from Victoria to Naniamo. Stay on the main road, which becomes BC#19, and continue to to Courtney. Follow the signs to Mt Washington Ski Resort, park in the cross-country ski area (Nordic Lodge) parking lot.

Note, you can cut about .8km from the trip by dropping off your passengers at the Mt Washington day use parking area on the approach to Raven Lodge.

Facilities available at the trailhead include:


Dayhike3 boot (moderate to strenuous); attached to Circlet Lake.7 hours round trip.Best from early July thru mid September.


Note: The rating and description in this page assume you have backpacked into Circlet Lakeprior to starting the trail, this is not a guide to hike Mt Albert Edward from the parking lot at Mt Washington.

From Circlet Lake head west, climbing a steep slope (the worst scrambling of the trip). Continue along following the trail until you reach the ridge where you follow the cairns up.


This trail features birds (White tailed ptarmigan), flowers, meadows, mountains and views.


It is very easy to get lost on the way down if clouds or fog descend. Keep an eye on the weather and don't be afraid to call off the hike if it seems like poor weather is setting in.


Mt Albert Edward is the fourth tallest mountain on Vancouver Island. The hike to the summit is one of the best hikes on Vancouver Island with superb views from the summit.


Little or no water available en route. Carry enough to last for the entire day.

Last hiked:July 25, 2005

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