Explore the Trails – Tetrahedron Provincial Park
The trails of the Sunshine Coast offer a wide array of experiences for travellers of all levels and walks of life. Ranging in length, difficulty, and medium of experience (by foot, bike, kayak…) the Coast’s trails are the epitome of the pristine beauty and epic landscapes of British Columbia. Join the adventure and share your photos with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube using #sunshinecoastbc. Happy trails!
Tetrahedron Provincial Park
Thanks to Alpha Adventures for providing helpful trail tips! All photos by Jake Gjerdalen.
Tetrahedron Provincial Park is a favourite of summertime hikers, winter snowshoers and backcountry skiers. The 60 sq km park offers amazing ocean and mountain views, 10 freshwater lakes, as well as the 4 sturdy, 12-person, first-come-first-snooze cabins located throughout the park. Cabins with wood-burning stoves are located at Bachelor Lake, Edwards Lake, McNair Lake, and near the summit of Mount Steele. We’ll focus on the trails, but if you want to know more, a wealth of information about the park can be found at www.tetoutdoor.ca.
For those planning to visit the park for the first time, try the trail to Bachelor Lake cabin (2.5km one way) or Edwards Lake cabin (4.5km one way) for a great day hike/snowshoe/ski. A popular loop route runs from the parking lot to Edwards Lake and then returns via the cabin at Bachelor Lake. If you’d like to make it an overnighter, its an easy stopover at either of the cabins along the way. For those looking for a longer trek, the hike to Mt. Steel is an additional 3km from Edwards, and McNair is an additional 5 from Edwards. If you plan on skiing, know that all but the expert trail to Mount Steele are rated as intermediate runs. Bring your skins, as many of the approaches climb the steep-sided, clear-cut hillsides to Gilbert and Edwards Lakes. Trails lead from the cabin at Edwards Lake up to the Mount Steele cabin above or down to the cabin near McNair Lake.
Many of the cabins can be accessed by crossing frozen lakes in the winter. Be aware of ice conditions and ensure that you are safe if venturing out over the lakes. Trail options using standard paths on land are available. Furthermore, avalanche hazards do exist in the park. Park visitors should have the appropriate avalanche safety equipment especially if planning to explore the steeper routes to Mt. Steel and McNair.
For current conditions, especially in winter, check SunCoast Central’s Outdoor Reports for conditions – reports are made by other users. The Tetrahedron Outdoor Club Facebook page is also a great resource for updates and current conditions!
Having this gem of a park with 4 backcountry huts is very special- please ensure you pay your hut fees to keep these facilities operational. Hut fees are payable to the Tetrahedron Outdoor Club or at the Shell gas station in Wilson Creek IGA Plaza.
For snowshoe or cross country ski rentals, please visit Alpha Adventures.
· Direction to trailhead: From the main lights in Sechelt at Wharf and Hwy 101 head north on Wharf (turn right if you’re coming from the south, go straight through if you’re coming from the north); turn right at E Porpoise Bay Rd, which later becomes Sechelt Inlet Rd, and continue for ~10 km; just after crossing the bridge over Grey Creek, turn right onto the Grey Creek Forest Service Road. After ~1 km take the left fork (a memorial marks this major junction) and keep to the main road. You will cross a bridge at ~7 km, and reach the lower parking lot – with info kiosk and outhouse – at 11 km. In summer you can continue 1+ km further to the upper parking lot, but the road is rough and requires clearance. In winter, when possible and by a generous volunteer, the road is plowed as far as the lower parking lot. 4-WHEEL DRIVE & CHAINS ARE NECESSARY FOR WINTER TRAVEL ON THIS ROAD.
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