In case you missed it, we've introduced our challenge to you for 2014-- 52 Weeks of Trails. Each week we'll blog about a trail (hike, bike, snowshoe, and paddle!) and we hope you enjoy and share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and/or Instagram using #52weeksoftrails. Happy Trails!
Week #12- Fairview Bay Trail (part of the Sunshine Coast Trail)
We've featured a few legs of the Sunshine Coast Trail so far, and this week we'll take a look at the Fairview Bay leg. The Fairview Bay Hut was the first to be built in the fall of 2009, and is the prototype for all the other open, or partially open, shelters on the Sunshine Coast Trail.
A two hour marine hike from the Saltery Bay ferry terminal, the Fairview Bay shelter can also serve those paddling the BC Marine Trail. It is located in a beautiful, serene spot with a magnificent ocean view. A nearby sandy beach makes a good location for swimming on hot days. Oysters can be found on the beach in season, but be aware of red tide blooms.
The beauty of this hike includes oceans views far and wide. The terrain follows the coast line somewhat closely so you won't experience any significant changes in elevation. The hike takes approximately 2 to 3 hours each way. There are a couple of great beach picnicing sites along the way at Rose Beach and Pirates Cove. Continue on headed northeast on the trail where you will find the Fairview Bay Hut providing shelter for Sunshine Coast Trail hikers. After taking in the stunning views at the beach, you can retrace the trail and head back to the Saltery Bay parking lot, or, for morea dventure, you could continue on with the Sunshine Coast Trail and do the next leg which brings you to Rainy Day Lake.
• Don’t hike this without a Rec Map.
• Bring enough food and water for at least six hours of exercise.
• Make lots of noise to avoid wildlife encounters.
• Consider wearing pants as the trail gets very narrow at certain spots.
• This is a long hike and ideally you don’t want to start it too late in the afternoon, unless you plan to spend the night at the hut.
If you are unfamiliar with the Sunshine Coast Trail here's what you should know: Located in the Powell River area, its Canada's longest hut-to-hut hiking trail, stretching over 180km of beautiful landscapes, from coastal shorelines, along creeks and lakes, through old growth forests to panoramic mountaintops. It provides hikers with the opportunity to experience Powell River’s breathtaking backcountry with its rich fauna and flora. Did we mention its FREE too? If you aren't ready to tackle the whole trail, there are many access points allowing hikers to complete one leg of the trail.
Lastly, don't miss out on getting your Sunshine Coast Trail passport stamp for visiting the Fairview Bay Hut from Footpring Nature Explorations!
· Direction to trailhead: Head south on Hwy 101 towards the Saltery Bay ferry terminal. Before the pay booth a STOP sign will appear, turn LEFT to find parking. Continue up the gravel road until you spot “Sunshine Coast Trail”. Stay on the right and let the wide path take you to the ocean. When you see the water, look to your left and you will see the sign indicating the beginning of the Fairview Bay Trail. Stick to the right every time you get to any major Y road.
· Trail Map
· Geocaches: there are multiple geocaches on the trail. If geocaching is new for you, it's a real-world treasure hunt, so don't miss out on the fun!
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