I'm new to the dual sport and motorcycle world, although I have done a lot of trail riding on a mountain bike. I have an XT250 and am looking for some places to ride close to Victoria. I'd like to be able to get out over the winter when there's a nice weekend day and just start playing to get some off pavement experience in preparation for taking some overnight trips in the spring/summer next year. . I know there are places out past Sooke to ride but would prefer to stay relatively close to the city so I don't have to spend too much time on the road to get there. I also don't want to go anywhere too remote at this point as a new rider going solo. It doesn't have to be anything spectacular or extensive, just some dirt roads or easy trails near the city to play around on. Can anyone help me with some specific roads or areas? Is the area out behind Langford Lake accessible? Are there any places on the east side of Sooke that aren't gated? Any powerline roads or other trails in the Highlands that are open? Any help or suggestions appreciated!