Mountain Access



October 23, 2018

Mount Prevost Access Road Closed

Due to an equipment fire late yesterday afternoon, access to Mount Prevost is temporarily closed.  We will post notice here when access is re-opened.


October 22, 2018

Road Buidling Commencing

Road building to salvage the trees within the area damaged by the forest fire by Solar Coaster trail will start on Wednesday, October 24 on Maple Mainline where the Green Trail connects with Solar Coaster for access to the area affected by the forest fire to the south of the road.  Some temporary mainlne road closures will occur while this is underway.  Please obey all signage on site and personnel in the area.


The green trail and solar coaster remain closed as per below.




September 5, 2018



All Maple Mountain access points are open.


Please note the following trail closures remain in place until further notice (click here for map [PDF - 301 KB]):

Xylem (climbing trail) - start to Lake Lead Road only

Solar Coaster - entire trail


 Trail closures are in place due to hazardous conditions caused by fire damaged trees, trails or a combination of both.  We require a reduction in fire hazard rating to deal with fire damaged trees.


Mount Prevost, Mount Sicker, and Mount Richards remain open for non-motorized activities, such as hiking and mountain biking.



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.


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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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