When Shari and I want to go to the ocean what we really want is to go to Muir Beach, just a few kilometers up HWY 14 from Sooke, BC. Muir has everything we love and want in a beach. Classic ocean view. Eagles overhead. Seals and sea lions and their harems basking on rocks so close to shore you could wade to them. Muir Beach is a photographers dream. We've never seen more than a few people walking or sitting at this location at any one time. At low tide there are tide pools and very cool sandstone shelves on the shoreline. You can spend hours exploring here. A twenty minute walk down the beach ( See Details ), and you come to some silt-stone bluffs that have millions of fossilized shells that were laid down 20 million years ago. Muir is a stone and pebble beach but if you want sand then just keep walking. Another twenty minutes or so down the beach leads to a crescent strip of sand which is larger at low tide. After checking out the fossils in the bluffs, keep walking until you see a house size boulder on the beach. You can see the crescent shaped beach ahead from here. The entire walk from the Muir Creek mouth to the crescent beach will take about an hour. Longer if you stop here there and everywhere; like we do!Make your way from Victoria to Sooke via the Island Highway #14. It is 13.6 Km from the Sooke round-a-bout to the Muir Creek beach parking area via Hwy 14. I say "area" because there is room for six or seven vehicles.Look for the parking area immediately after the bridge that crosses Muir Creek. The trail is wide and obvious. It's a quick and easy ten minute walk to the beach where Muir Creek empties into the ocean.
This is a straight forward beach walk. There are no tide warnings to worry about, though like most beachs low tide is best. From the parking area to Kirby Creek is aproximately 1.6 Km or about a mile. So two miles of beach walking if you walk the whole way return. Give yourself some time to explore the fossils and check out the marine wildlife.
When We Were There
We last walked Muir Beach in November of 2017. This is a beach walk that we do often because it is just a few minutes drive from Sooke. It was cool and windy the day we were there and we've noticed from previous visits that when the wind is blowing, it's usually blowing up or down the beach. Dress warm if it is a cool day. The beach itself is mostly small to medium sized rocks with smooth sandstone shelves to walk on at low tide. The walk gets easier the closer that you get to Kirby Creek.
- Trail Length: - 3.2 Kilometers Round Trip - Difficulty: Easy - Time: 2.5 hours - All Seasons