52 Weeks of Trails - Week 35- Mount Troubridge
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!
Hike to Mount Troubridge-- Length & Difficulty:
11 km (from Rainy Day Lake) | 4-5 hours up, 3-4 hours down | Very Challenging
Over the course of our 52 weeks so far, we've challenged you to several legs of the Sunshine Coast Trail, Canada's longest hut-to-hut hiking trail set in our very own Powell River backyard. Needless to say, it's incredible. Over 180km, the trail covers everything from low lying, coastal hiking on up to higher peaks like Tin Hat and this week's Mount Troubridge. This week's trailhead is accessible by car via a logging road-- or you can tie it in to a longer hike within the Sunshine Coast Trail. Should you want to make a multi-day trip out of it, try starting at the Saltery Bay Ferry Terminal and following our directions to the Fairview Bay Hut and Rainy Day Lake. You can then continue on for this week's challenge to Mount Troubridge.
Directions (or view the Trail Map)
Drive South on Highway 101 until you reach the Saltery Bay Ferry Terminal, but turn LEFT at the stop sign immediately before the ferry booth. This road will bring you to the SCT kiosk and the trailhead for Fairview Bay on your right, or will continue on as an uphill gravel road towards Rainy Day Lake on your left. You can start the hike here and spend a night at the Rainy Day Lake Cabin before continuing up to Troubridge in the morning (see Rainy Day Lake hiking directions), or if you have a 4x4 vehicle you can drive up to Rainy Day Lake and start the Troubridge hike from there.
From the logging road:
Park at the 4x4 access to Rainy Day Lake (the second entrance, where the sign says “Rainy Day Lake 1.8km”), and then keep walking up the logging road for a few hundred meters. You will see the trail access for Mount Troubridge (Sunshine Coast Trail – North) on your LEFT.
From the Rainy Day Lake Cabin:
Leaving the cabin, take a LEFT in the fork in the road and follow the Sunshine Coast Trail North. Hike for 1.8 km until you come to a logging road, and then turn RIGHT. In a few hundred meters you will see the trail access for Mount Troubridge (Sunshine Coast Trail – North) on your LEFT. This trail will continue on for a few kilometers until you come to a power line and a beautiful view of Jervis Inlet and Nelson Island. Turn LEFT on the logging road here. You will quickly come to a fork in the road- take the path going up on the RIGHT (there is a post marked SCT here) and look for a rocky road leading back into the trees on your LEFT (there is a very visible “Mount Troubridge” sign that you can see from the gravel, but finding the path is a little more tricky). The path will be a little overgrown here for about kilometer, but then it starts to clear up. Follow the orange squares for the rest of the path until you reach the summit just before km 159 and an amazing log cabin beside Jocelyn Pond just after km 158.
• On a clear day, there is a beautiful view from the summit
• On a cloudy day you will be hiking through the mist of the clouds, making the forest look magical
• There is a beautiful pond by the cabin
• Troubridge is the highest point on the SCT, so you’ll feel very accomplished at the top!
The old emergency shelter at the summit isn’t the cabin- don’t worry when you see it!
The sign at the summit that says “New Sunshine Coast Trail” will take you down to the Troubridge Cabin or on towards Elephant Lakes
Hiking from Fairview Bay to Rainy Day Lake is a good test of your ability to hike Troubridge, as the slope is about the same gradient