Maple Mountain, Mount Tzouhalem, and Mount Prevost are North Cowichan’s key hiking and mountain biking destinations. Additional walking, hiking, and equestrian opportunities can be found on Mount Richards, Mount Sicker, and Grace Road.


Parking Hours 

Mount Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain parking lots are busy on the weekends. There are alternate parking locations on Kaspa Rd. and in the Nevilane parking lot.

  • Kaspa Rd. parking lot (Mount Tzouhalem): 5am-10pm  
  • Nevilane parking lot: 5am-10pm

E-Bike Use

The Municipal Forest Reserve is available for non-motorized recreational use, such as hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. E-bikes are only permitted if they are Class 1 (100% pedal assist, with no throttle) and have a maximum assist speed of 32km/h.  

Overnight camping, campfires, and fireworks are not permitted in the Municipal Forest Reserve at any time. 

Service Notices:

Forestry gates: With the decrease in fire danger rating, the Mt Prevost, Mt Sicker, and Grace Rd forestry gates reopened to vehicle access on Monday, Sept 25, 2023. 

Mount Tzouhalem - Periodic Trail Closures: Starting February 2023, there will be periodic trail closures as part of the 2022 FireSmart project. Please watch for warning/closure signage and personnel on site.   

Maple Mountain Temporary Closures: Starting Tuesday, July 5, there will be temporary trail and area closures while the Osbourne Bay water reservoir project gets underway. Please look for signage and personnel on site.  

Grace Road Area access off Cranko Road: The Grace Road West forestry road accessed from the end of Cranko Road will be closed until further notice. 

Trails App
The North Cowichan Trails App shows all forestry roads and sanctioned trails for hiking or mountain biking. The app includes trails on Maple Mountain and Mount Tzouhalem, with expansion to the rest of the forest reserve in future years.


  • Geolocate yourself on the mountain. 
  • Find and identify hiking, biking and equine trails. 
  • Trail descriptions and elevations

Mountain Access

Mountain Uses Maps
Maple Mountain Hiking, mountain biking, & Equestrian   Maple Mountain(GPS) 
Mount Tzouhalem Hiking & mountain biking  Mount Tzouhalem(GPS) 
Mount Prevost Hiking & downhill mountain biking  Mount Prevost(Original) 
Mount Richards Hiking & equestrian  Mount Richards(Original) 
Mount Sicker Hiking & mountain biking  Mount Sicker(Original) 
Grace Road Walking, equestrian, & river access.   Grace Road 

Contact us 

General inquiries (8am-4pm): 250-746-3106 or 
After hours: 250-746-5112 
Bylaw services: 250-746-3108  
For situations that pose an immediate risk to property, public health or safety, call 911.