Little Mountain near Parksville is one of those local secrets that can be easily missed if one isn’t paying attention or seeking out a particular hiking opportunity.
Nestled in the heart of the Errington/Parksville area, Little Mountain offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from sheer limestone bluffs that rise 300 feet above sea level. Mountains, agricultural land, forests and endless sky fill the eye.
Although there is a network of hiking trails at the bottom of the mountain, easiest access to the viewpoints is obtained by driving to the top of the mountain, scrambling over low barricades, and trekking a short distance in. Less than a five minute walk from your vehicle you will be swept away by the stunning beauty of the area.
As one whose stomach plummets at the mere thought of looking down from great heights (when did that start to happen, anyhow???) I chose to not get too close to the edge of the bluffs. There is no fencing or barrier of any sort to prevent a heart-stopping (in the most literal sense of the word) plunge. We were up there on a dry day, but according to local information the rocks can be very slippery regardless of weather conditions. Common sense dictates staying away from the edge, and if you are taking a dog with you, make sure it is kept on leash. Keep young children close at hand as well.
There is a network of pretty trails that wends its way around the top of Little Mountain, between rock faces and among arbutus trees. Additionally there are mountain bike trails for those who are so inclined.
Little Mountain is relatively easy to find. From Highway 4A take Bellevue Road, then take the second left off Bellevue – Little Mountain Road. Follow to the top, park your vehicle and head out on your adventure.
GPS co-ordinates for Little Mountain are:
Lat. 49.294959 Long. -124.324636
N 49 17.698 W 124 19.478