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52 Weeks of Trails - Week 50 - Tin Hat Mountain

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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!

 

LENGTH & DIFFICULTY: 5km | 3 hours one way | Steep

Throughout this past year of the 52 Weeks of Trails Blog, we've featured legs of the Sunshine Coast Trail numerous times.  From seasides to thick rainforest, from babbling brooks to expansive lakes, and from wide soft dirt paths to rocky, steep canyons, the Sunshine Coast Trail's 180 km of hut-to-hut hiking is a one of a kind experience.  Tin Hat Mountain is situated about halfway through the trail, and provides one of the most epic "mountain top" views anywhere on the Sunshine Coast.  The climb to get there is steep but the reward is more than fitting. 

Once you are at the top of Tin Hat Mountain you will be thrilled by the epic 360 degree panorama view. To the north, Goat Island and the Rainbow Range grow almost vertically out of the eastern arm of Powell Lake. To the east and south you will be able to see the Horseshoe Valley with Windsor, Dodd, Ireland, Nanton, Horseshoe and Lois Lakes, forming part of the Powell River Forest Canoe Route.
tinhat 2At the foot of Tin Hat Mountain, Lewis Lake beckons with its campsite. Farther to the south you will see the Smith Range rising between Horseshoe Valley and Haslam Lake to the West. The back of Mount Mahony crouches in the west with Confederation Bowl nestled into a high cleft.

The Tin Hat hut is fully winterized with a pellet stove, which means you can simply strap on your snowshoes if you wish to reach the summit in winter.

(For a more detailed hiking resource:  Sunshine Coast Trail 4th Edition by Eagle Walz)
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MAP & DIRECTIONS:

From the city of Powell River travel south on Hwy 101 approximately 15 km to Lang Bay and turn left at Dixon Road which merges with Stillwater Main just above Lois Lake Dam. Turn left onto the one-way hook up connector that merges with Goat Lake Main at Mile 4. Continue to drive north on Goat Main until you reach the stop sign at the junction formed with the Stillwater Main/Goat Main connector. Keep left and drive north to a major fork just 200 m beyond the Mile 12 sign and logging turnout. Turn left onto Spring Lake Main and stay on it for 4 km to another major junction, the start of Lewis Main. Here you will need to choose: continue left towards Spring Lake or take the more scenic route right towards Lewis Lake. Both ways connect to the Sunshine Coast Trail and lead to Tinhat Mountain.
Sunshine Coast Trail Map

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52 Weeks of Trails - Week 49- The SunCoaster 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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LENGTH & DIFFICULTY

37km | 4 Sections | Easy-Moderate

Thanks to Becky Wayte and Sunshine-Coast-Trails.com for this amazing guest blog about the SunCoaster Trail.  Her website is packed full of helpful information about trails on the Sunshine Coast so be sure to check it out.

"Imagine getting off the ferry in Langdale and being able to mountain bike or hike all the way to Earl's Cove through approximately 80 kms (50 mi.) of uninterrupted nature. The Sunshine Coast Regional District made the dream a reality with the completion of phase one of the Suncoaster Trail connecting Earl's Cove to Halfmoon Bay. The trail has been designed to accommodate hikers, bikers, horseback riders and in certain portions, even ATV's.
suncoaster 3SunCoaster Trail, Courtesy of the SCRD

Phase one of the Suncoaster Trail is 37 kms long, about two metres wide and travels through old Crown land forest roadways and trails along a series of beautiful lakes. There are exit points near Sunshine Coast communities giving users access to some of the Coast's finest accommodations and services.

Entering the trail at Earl's Cove the first lake you will encounter is Klein Lake where there is rustic, lakeside camping for those who want to stop overnight. If you travel about another 1/2 hour to an hour you will reach Ruby Lake and Ruby Lake Resort via the nature trails of the Iris Griffiths Centre. The Resort has a wonderful restaurant with the best northern Italian cuisine on the Coast as well as offering first class accommodations in their lakeside resort.suncoaster 6Klein Lake

If you continue along the Suncoaster Trail you will almost come down to the highway and you will see that the trail becomes more of a manicured gravel path. At this point, across the road is Sakinaw Lake Rd. On a hot day, if you detour down this road, you won't regret it because there is a great spot to have a quick, refreshing dip in the lake. If you plan ahead, you could stay at the luxurious Sakinaw Lake Lodge and experience the peace and tranquility of this beautiful area (and also their wonderful breakfasts).

Just past the golf course, at McKay Road it is necessary to travel on the highway for several kilometres to Menacher Road. (In actual fact there is a trail through here, but it is not officially part of the Suncoaster because there is a bridge over Anderson Creek that is not wide or strong enough for ATV's - click here to check it out.) Be sure to stop for a bite to eat at the roadside grill where you can get a cold drink and a burger to sustain you until your next stop. If you want to make another detour, head down Garden Bay Rd. until you get to Garden Bay Lake where again you can refresh with a swim in the crystal clear lake. The Katherine Lake Regional Park entrance is across from Garden Bay Lake and offers great campsites and a sweet lake for swimming. This campsite has washrooms and showers as well. Click here for more information about additional accommodations and restaurants in the Garden Bay/Pender Harbour area.

suncoaster 5Getting back on the road (or trail again) you will need to make your way back out to Hwy. 101 if you made a detour and turn right and within a couple of kilometres you will come to Menacher Rd. on your left. This road will take you up off the highway and back on the Suncoaster Trail. After a bit of a climb, this next section of the trail mostly follows old forest service roads, is well signed and a bit remote. After several kilometres you will reach Homesite Forest Service Rd. This is the official end of phase one.

At this point, you can turn right and head down to Hwy. 101 and turn left to follow it approx. 13 kms into Sechelt. However, if you think you'd like to take a back roads and trail route into Sechelt click here for directions." Features:

MAP & DIRECTIONS:


Trail head parking is located at the corner of Sunshine Coast Highway (HWY 101) and Egmont Road minutes from Earls Cove ferry terminal. This trail currently terminates at the intersection of HYW 101 and the Homesite Creek Forest Service Road in Halfmoon Bay.


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52 Weeks of Trails - Week 48- Starting the Sunshine Coast 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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SC-Trail Sarah-Point Nov-2014


Sarah Point to Wednesday Lake
LENGTH & DIFFICULTY

12.1km | 6-7 hours | Somewhat Difficult

This trail is the beginning of the 180 km Sunshine Coast Trail which travels through Malaspina Park on the eastern side of Malaspina Peninsula with awe-inspiring views of Desolation Sound and Okeover Inlet.

Just 2 km from the start is Feather Cove, a cozy camping site facing the entrance to Desolation Sound with raised wooden platforms for easy tenting. This is a great area to spot wildlife, both ocean creatures (sea lions, seals) and birds (bald eagles, ravens, heron) are frequent visitors.

The trail traverses through numerous canyons covered in ferns and electric green moss leading to some majestic stands of old growth forest of Douglas Fir and giant western red cedar.

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Wednesday Lake is a picture of solitude. There is a picnic site and a few tent sites nearby with an outhouse. Watch for loons, wood ducks and beavers that frequent this area.

NOTE: This lake is a water supply for some local residents, so please keep it clean!

MAP & DIRECTIONS:

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From the city of Powell River, take Marine Avenue (aka. Hwy 101) north past Townsite and continue along until you reach Lund. You can park in Lund and hire the Lund Water Taxi or another charter boat to drop you off at Sarah Point. This is a breathtaking way to start your hike, and well worth the cost, especially on a sunny day.

Alternatively, you can arrange to be dropped off on the BC Hydro right-of-way road just past the gravel pit beyond Bliss Landing and walk 4 km on the rugged 4x4 only road to the trail head at Sarah Bay.

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