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Mount McDonald (Sooke Hills)  British Columbia   #11343
Ranges: Western North America / Vancouver Island / Southern Vancouver Island / Sooke Hills Area

Height: 439 m -> 1440 feet
Prominence?: 209 m  
Line Parent?: Mount Braden (2.2 km away, at bearing 282 degrees)
Greater Parent: Empress Mountain (8.0 km away)

Location:   48.44194,-123.56889     48:26:31, -123:34:08   10U 457927 5365579 (14 km NE of Sooke). NTS Mapsheet: 092.B.05   AreaCode: EM83/EF46
Mount McDonald from Mount Wells
Mount McDonald has three closed contours, as shown on the 1:50K map, and these are sometimes referred to as the "three summits" of the peak. The southeast peak is shown as being 1 contour higher. On the Trim map, you do not see three closed contours. On the Topo Canada map, the label "Mount McDonald" is mistakenly on the lower northeastern summit. The three summits are:

 48.44184,-123.56898 The main summit, with comm towers
 48.44414,-123.57434 Labelled as Mount McDonald on topo canada
 48.44642,-123.57469 The northeast summit

  This is a popular hiking destination, with many trip reports on various sites. On the summit is a huge communications compound, which you can see in detail by zooming in on the Satellite view. (the final detailed photo where you see the tower itself is from an air photo, not satellite).

Mount McDonald is known for wildflowers in April and May, before it gets dried out in summer. There is no water.


1. From the east via Mcdonald Trail This trail climbs steeply up from Humpback Road.
2. Climbers trail This trail starts from the Humpback road, just a bit south of the main trail. It leads past a rock climbing area on the bluffs.

Trips within 1 km
56 2015.05.03 Mount McDonald Sooke Hills hike and bushwack Robin Tivy

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6 Mount McDonald from Mount Wells Sasha Kubicek
4 Mount Wells and Mount McDonald through the Clouds from Mount Finlayson Sasha Kubicek

Placename Photos
5 Sugarloaf from Mount MacDonald summit Sasha Kubicek
4 Mount Healey from Mount Braden summit Sasha Kubicek
4 Mount Wells from Mount MacDonald summit Sasha Kubicek