Length & Difficulty: 3 km | 1 hour | Easy – Moderate
This is another great hike on the Duck Lake Trail network. This is a gorgeous trail full of moss covered trees, plants, and interesting fungi. Amble along this easy trail as you soak in the peace and quiet accompanied by the sounds of the creek. Halfway through the hike you will arrive at a nice picnic area with a gorgeous view of the creek and a small waterfall.
If you are eager to get closer to the water, spare yourself struggling and nearly falling down the hill in this area, stranding yourself on a rock in the middle of the raging river. Instead be patient enough to continue along the trail for another minute until you see a path on the left that will take you right down to the water. There is another picnic area here with a spectacular view of a larger waterfall and two swimming holes. If you go in the falls you may be lucky enough to catch the salmon travelling through this location. You may want to bring a swimsuit and towel for the water; it is going to be hard to resist taking a dip. Also, pack a lunch because you are going to want to utilize the picnic spots and have an excuse to stay longer!
Directions to Trailhead
In Powell River, take Joyce North and then turn left onto Manson Ave. Take the first right onto Cassiar St and then the first left onto Yukon St. From there turn right onto Haslam St and follow it until you come to a fork in the road. Go right onto the gravel road called Haslam Lake Rd. Follow it past Duck Lake and continue along until slightly past a crook in the road and around the 11km (7 mi) marker. You will see two small trails on the left side of the road. One of them is marked by multiple pink ribbons tied to the trees. This is a loop so you can take either trail. Park your car in the small clearing on the side of the road.
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 experience, the trails on the Sunshine Coast are the epitome of the pristine beauty and epic landscapes of British Columbia.