There's a hidden gem on Vancouver Island that's basically heaven for hikers. Old Baldy Mountain offers a panoramic view of a lake surrounded by lush forested mountain and it's the ultimate BC snapshot. Even just looking at the photos I can imagine breathing in the fresh, clean air at the top of this hike!\nPlus, there's an adorable swing hanging from an arbutus tree at the top so you can actually swing right over the mountain and the lake. If you couldn't get enough of swing sets as a kid, then this hike is definitely going to take you back and leave you feeling exhilarated.\nView this post on Instagram 2 girls with bad knees decide to scale a mountain not once but twice @rachelwiilliams #staybrokeshootfilm A post shared by d a n i e l l a (@dan.i.yella) on Sep 4, 2018 at 6:09pm PDT\nView this post on Instagram No words needed. A post shared by Kyle Hicks (@kyle_jhicks) on Aug 3, 2018 at 10:18am PDT\nThe best thing about this hiking trail is that even though it looks seriously impressive, it's actually not that hard to get to the top. Even beginners or those who don't hike that often (or ever) will be able to do the hike easily and be treated to killer views like these.\nView this post on Instagram So long summer until we meet again. Swinging into fall 🍃🍂 A post shared by Ashley Kristen (@ashley24k) on Sep 3, 2018 at 2:39pm PDT\nOld Baldy Mountain is in the Cowichan Valley not far from Victoria and about halfway between Duncan and Langford. To get there from Vancouver takes about four hours and it's easier to take the Nanaimo ferry. Make sure to wear hiking boots so you can safely make the most of this incredible hike.\nApparently, a man built this swing at the top of Mount Baldy, their favourite hiking spot, as a wedding present for his wife and it's remained here, untouched and open to the public ever since!\nView this post on Instagram Blessed to call this home😌 A post shared by Kelsey Hines🌹 (@kelseyrosehines) on Aug 9, 2018 at 1:17pm PDT\nThe trail is kind of hidden and unmarked. Basically, you drive along Shawnigan Lake Road to McKernan Road, then on Galland Road to Baldy Mountain Road. Finally, turn on Strathcona Heights Road to Hawking Road all the way to the end and you'll see a yellow gate across a rocky access road. That's the start of your hike! It takes about an hour to get to the top.\nYou can find more information on the trail and what to expect here.