Trip 255 - May 31, 2022 (Tuesday)
Mount Norman Trail Hike
Pender Island BC
Liked:Fine views from the top, shade in the forest, no bugs, a short and relatively easy trail.
Of Note: Some steep sections, uneven ground, rocks and roots, hiking poles and boots are recommended.
Vancouver Island, Victoria & Gulf Islands Backroad Mapbook (9th edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 12 (Saturna Island) C3.
Related Websites: Wiki - Pender Island.
Mount Norman Trail is located on Pender Island, British Columbia, and is inside Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. It's an easy-to-moderately challenging trail, which goes through an unremarkable forest for just under 1.5 km one way, and ends up at a fine, if not spectacular, viewpoint of the ocean and numerous islands. The observation platform even features stationary binoculars, that are, alas, somewhat out of focus, which cannot be adjusted. That said, there is plenty of shade, no bugs, and few hazards. It's a good hike for sure.
Pender Island is serviced by BC Ferries from Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, as well as from several nearby islands. It's about 10.5 kilometers from the Otter Bay Ferry Terminal to Mount Norman trailhead at Mount Norman Access Road off Canal Road.
All trail distances are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate.
1. Here is a Google map directions from Otter Bay Ferry Terminal to Mount Norman Access Road off Canal Road.
2. We are on Canal Road on Pender Island, getting ready to make a right turn onto Mount Norman Access Road.
3. Mount Norman Access Road 100 meters after the turn.
4. A large parking lot is located 200 meters from Canal Road.
5. The trailhead is right there. Coordinates: N 48°45.463’ W 123°13.737’. Elevation: 85 meters.
6. Here is a map of Mount Norman trails. Yes, there is more than one, and we marked our trailhead with a red square. Ignore the "you are here" mark, as we took this photo later in the hike. The other trailhead is on Ainsley Road, and it also leads to Beaumont Trail, which usually has camping opportunities, but it's not allowed as of now. The William Walker Trail, which joins our trail at 900 meters according to the map, is an unknown, as we do not recall any trail splits at 900 meters. The pit toilet shown on the map several hundred meters after the trailhead is still there, but the cabin is gone, so there would be zero privacy, just so you know.
7. Mount Norman Trail begins.
8. So, yes, no more camping for a while.
9. Mount Norman Trail on Pender Island at 350 meters.
10. At 800 meters now. This is just about as rough as it gets on this trail.
11. Mount Norman Trail at 980 meters from the parking lot. There is not much to see in this forest.
12. At 1.32 km, there is a split - go RIGHT.
13. Mount Norman Trail on Pender Island at 1.35 km.
14. The second and last split arrives at 1.40 km - go LEFT this time. Going right would likely lead to Ainsley Road trailhead.
15. At 1.45 km we are at the end of the trail, with the observation platform straight ahead.
16. A view from the platform. Coordinates: N 48°45.523’ W 123°14.461’. Elevation: 244 meters.
17. Information about the place.
18-20. We then went in front of the platform for a better look, and here are the views left to right.
21. Now a panorama.
Here is our video ofthe views from this location.
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Mount Norman Trail is a short and relatively easy hike leading to a fine view. Recommended.
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