Mountain Access






The clean-up from windstorm that occured on December 19 has been completed in conjunction with the Cowichan Trails Stewardship Society.  Most trails are now open with a few minor bypasses in place due to large fallen trees.


Please note that some closures remain in place due to ongoing activites with our Forestry Department.  Please see the notice immediately below this one for details and closure in place which do affect:

XYLEM (first section only)

STORY TRAIL (from Tony's Arbutus to M100)



LOWER MAPLE SYRUP (weekdays only)







Maple Mountain

Trail Closures - Active Logging


 Our forestry department will be actively logging on Maple Mountain in the coming weeks which will result in closures, bypasses and re-directions being put in place to gain access to the upper mountain.


Closures are active starting Friday, December 7, 2018.


 Weekday closure [PDF - 920 KB] that will affect Loggers Lane, Solar Coaster, Lower Xylem, Part of Story Trail, Green Trail, Lower Maple Syrup, Part of Mainline, Part of M100, M200, M300 and M400


Weekend closures [PDF - 831 KB] will affect Loggers Lane, Solar Coaster, Lower Xylem, Part of Story Trail, Green Trail, Part of Mainline, Part of M100 and M200


For questions, please contact us at



North Cowichan is home to a rich mix of flow, downhill, gravel and cross country trails for mountain biking mixed in with a myriad of hiking trails taking you to amazing vistas and vantage points among our Forest Reserves.

Our key hiking and mountain biking destinations include Maple Mountain, Mount Tzouhalem and Mount Prevost.  Combine this with additional hiking and equestrian opportunities possible on Mount Richards and we have opportunities close to all residents.


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Mountain Permitted Uses Description
Maple Mountain Hiking, Mountain Biking, Equestrian Located between Maple Bay and Crofton, Maple Mountain is a rich mountain for hiking, biking and equestrian.  Great sanctioned trails and awesome vistas of the area.
Mount Tzouhalem Hiking, Mountain Biking Looking east from Duncan, Mount Tzouhalem (The "Tzou") is the landmark which offers trails to the Cross, vistas overlooking Cowichan Bay and a myriad of mountain biking and hiking trails. 
Mount Richards Hiking, Equestrian Found across the road from the main access to Maple Mountain off of Osborne Bay Road.  Mount Richards is home to great access for hikers and equestrian.
Mount Prevost Hiking, Downhill Mountain Biking Mount Prevost, rising out of the western viewscape in the Cowichan Valley, is home to another cross and is destined to be our hiking and downhill mountain biking home.

North Cowichan has released a trails app (currently for iOS only) that includes all forestry roads and sanctioned trails for hiking or mountain biking.  Currently we are only featuring Maple Mountain on it but it will be expanding to include Mount Tzouhalem in early 2019 and the rest of the forest reserve in future years.

With the app you can...
- geo locate yourself on the mountain
- identify which trails are for hiking, biking or equine
- trail descriptions, elevations and rental

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We are working on sanctioning trails (gps tracked, inspected and maintained) on a mountain by mountain basis.  With that sanctioning, comes the posting of geo-referenced maps for each forest reserve.  Timeline wise, we are approving Maple Mountainin in 2017, while we develop our wayfinding standards and test it in the field.  Our future years are planned out as follows:

  • 2018 - Mount Tzouhalem
  • 2019 - Mount Prevost
  • 2019 - Mount Richards

As a result, maps with sanctioned trails will only become available on a mountain by mountain basis as we move through and work on each mountains trail network.

Maps are available below for printing or uploading to an app that uses the geo-reference information.  A common app being used is Avenza, which is downloadable via the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for your smartphone.

Mountain Geo Referenced Map Download Link Original Maps
Maple Mountain printable and geo referenced map  [PDF - 252 KB]  
Mount Tzouhalem  To be released in 2018 Click here [PDF - 463 KB]
Mount Prevost To be released in 2019  Click here [PDF - 1.1 MB]
Mount Richards  To be released in 2019 Click here [PDF - 1.1 MB]
Mount Sicker Currently not planned mount sicker.pdf [PDF - 1.2 MB]

Also find, online only, our old brochures for each of the mountain Forest Reserves along with Grace Road (along Chemainus River):

Grace Road
Mount Tzouhalem
Mount Sicker
Mount Prevost

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