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52 Weeks of Trails - Week 47- Sidewinder to 102

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!

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2.5 hours |  Easy - Moderate

This week's guest blog is from Off the Edge in Sechelt - a fantastic bike shop with great service & local knowledge.  They are happy to help with all your biking needs when you visit the Sunshine Coast - whether a tune up, a rental, or a new ride!

November in Canada marks the time of year when most our country is storing their mountain bikes for the season; not so on the Sunshine Coast where November 1st greeted us under sunny skies and 12 degrees-perfect weather for my annual birthday bike ride with my friends from the city.

Our day started off with a pick up at the ferry (no need to take a car for this ride). Our plan was to ride Sidewinder to 102 as an out and back and then head to Persephone Brewing for "afters".

After loading the bikes up, we headed up the hill to Sprockids Park to start our adventure. This ride can be accessed right from the ferry too but we chose to skip the first hill and start at the Lower Flume Trailhead since I drove in from Sechelt.
Sidewinder 2Sidewinder 3Sidewinder 1This is a classic mountain bike ride on the Sunshine Coast. It is a solid climb of about 1.5 hours and a 45 minute to 1 hour descent back. The line is a local favourite as well as very popular with the BC Bike Race participants...which means thousands of people from all over the world have ridden it! Its popularity may be due to it being fast, flowy, and not too technical. There are a few bridges and exposed sections, but overall, this is a very ride-able trail for all levels. It was one of the first trails I rode when I moved to the Coast seven years ago.

Most of the signage is good. You need to look for the Highway 102 signs as you ride and of course, make sure you have the Sunshine Coast Trails App.

The resting point is the turnaround point at the B & K logging road. Homemade granola bars were a great way to get our energy back up for the super fun descent.  As we made our way down, we all noticed the amazing way the sun poked in through the trees illuminating the trail and making us all very grateful for the day. There was lots of hoots and hollers as we barely made a pedal stroke to get us to our final destination.

Our finishing time back at the truck was just under three hours which included some quick stops, pictures and of course lots of talking along the way! Persephone Brewing was next on our list and we were treated to homemade wood fired pizza and a live band! It all made the signature craft beer taste even better.
Sidewinder 4Sidewinder 5We had plenty of time to make lots of plans for our next ride as we sat in the sun before I had to drive my friends to the catch the 4:30 ferry.

Overall, a spectacular day was had by all. Thank you Sunshine Coast for providing us with trail perfection and a great place to celebrate our ride! We are so lucky to live here!

MAP & DIRECTIONS:

From Sechelt, take Hwy 101 through Gibsons towards the ferry. Go through the lights at the top of the bypass (big hill down to the ferry) on to Stewart Road. Turn left up the dirt road leading to the park entrance.

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52 Weeks of Trails - Week 46- Suicide Creek Trail

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!

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7.6 km  | 2.5 hours |  Moderate


The Suicide Creek Trail is a perfect hike for families and beginners because it is well-marked and the picnic area and bridges provide an enjoyable hiking experience.

The beginning of the trail is characterized by beautiful trees covered with moss. Even though the Suicide Creek Trail is a flat area, watch your feet as tree roots are very prominent. There are two fabulous bridges to cross - Four Roads Bridge and Koleszar Krossing. The rocky area bellow is a beautiful spot and it is located a few metres down after the Fern Falls. (around half way through the hike).

MAP & DIRECTIONS:

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From the Powell River Visitor Centre, turn right on Joyce Ave and go straight towards Manson Ave. Turn left on Manson, then right onto Cassiar and left on Yukon. Go straight for 1km and turn right at Haslam Street. Go straight for 700m and keep to your right just before the signs for inland lake. Then turn right at the 3 stop signs. Keep going straight and turn left on a small bridge at the end of Duck Lake. Drive 1.8 km and park on the right side of the Road. The trail heads south from this point.

  • 1st Access Point: 5.3 km after the end of the paved road used to get to Duck Lake.
  • 2nd Access Point: 500m after the first access you will see a sign for the Taylor Way/Cable Trail. Park on the left side of the road and you will find the Suicide Creek trail entrance on the direct opposite side of the Taylor Way sign. Regardless of which access you decide to take, the hike will bring you back to Burma Road 500 metres away from your vehicle.


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52 Weeks of Trails - Week 45- Chapman Creek Fish Hatchery

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!

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LENGTH & DIFFICULTY

.5 km  | 1/2 hour |  Easy

A great way to spend an afternoon, the Chapman Creek Fish Hatchery and nature trail provide a fun, educational experience the whole family can enjoy.  Once you've arrived at the hatchery, you can take a self-guided tour through the grounds and then hike the short trail along the creek afterwards.
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According to their website, "The Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to sustaining and building salmon and trout stocks in local waterways and facilitating public education regarding salmonid habitat and life cycles."  The hatchery tour is well marked and very informational.  Signs indicate the various life cycles of the fish, both salmon and trout of many varieties.  There's also a series of tanks housing hundreds of fish at various life cycle stages, from young juveniles, to large females laying eggs. You can also view the salmon 'trap', the off-chute of Chapman Creek where fish will swim upstream and into the holding pond to begin the hatchery process.
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The nature trail is a short, forested walk to the edge of Chapman Creek, where it then splits to the right or left.  To the left is a viewing platform with a beautiful view of the creek plus a picnic table.  The trail to the right is a bit longer and allows you to enjoy the creek's small rapids and beautiful fall foliage.  At the end, the trail connects to the larger, official Chapman Creek Trail which you can read more about in Week 39. Continueing on this trail would be a great choice for those looking for a longer hike!


MAP & DIRECTIONS: 

Drive up Field Road in Wilson Creek from Hwy 101, then turn left on Parkway.  Drive all the way to the end of Parkway where you will see the signs for the hatchery and the nature trail.

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