Explore the most popular forest trails near Powell River with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

9 days ago

A nice easy incline to get up into wildwood. Trail is good.

A fun, quick hike with a good view.

18 days ago

It was a lovely trail with old growth trees. Easy footing and mostly flat. Great place to stop half way through where there are picnic tables and benches beside a bridge and river.

1 month ago

Just completed the Sunshine Coast Trail. We did this trail in 3 sections 12 nights - as we had about 2 weeks available time. We did Sarah Point to Shingle Mill in 2 nights and 3 days; then overnight in Powell River Wellington Campground; then 137km to Saltery Bay in 2 nights and 3 days and overnight in Sea Breeze Campground and a rest day for laundry and resupply (and it was raining so was perfect); then we did the final phase of Shingle Mill to 135km on Dixon Road (we skipped the 2km at the dam with the warning signs). We also did Elk Lake Loop which was a bonus while at Elk Lake Hut. We did actually get a little backwards and didn't have intention of doing it but the views were well worth the extra loop!! :)

We had a vehicle and parked at our exit points from the trail; we hired Sunshine Coast Shuttle for their transfer services for the first 2 starting points and then just took a taxi for the 3rd section. Shuttle is amazing and Jesse is so great we even got a berry lesson before he dropped us in the first section. Well worth the cost for sure!!

The hike is absolutely stunning with many ups and downs in elevation and some real grinders. The km on the south trail direction after Tin Man Hut are measured by GPS point to point if you go long way down to Lewis Lake. Be warned! We did 3km in 3 hours downhill which is what the markers say but trust me you are doing more like 6-8km in switchbacks and round abouts. If time is a factor go the other shorter more direct route.

Huts are amazing and some great camping spots. For camping know your bear hang and for huts beware of mice and use the knobs and hooks to hang all your gear and food bags and backpack.

Huge thanks to PR Paws and Bomb squad for all their volunteer man hours and labor and constant maintenance of this beautiful and unique trail system. Highly recommend any portion or all of this system for an outdoor adventure for one day or several multi days!! Loved it!!!

paddle sports
1 month ago

The Powell Forest Canoe Route is an incredible canoeing/portaging experience with fantastic trails and well equipped camp sites. We saw very few people on what we thought would be a busy time of year. It took my family of 4 (2 adults and 2 young boys) 5 days to complete the route and we were alone at all of the sites. Most people start on Lois Lake to avoid a steep climb from Goat Lake to Windsor Lake but we opted to start on Powell Lake to avoid paddling against the wind—a decision that paid off. We also took the non traditional Eastern route through little Horseshoe Lake instead of going through Ireland Lake. I'm giving the route 4 stars because this is not a provincial or federal park so there were other power boats on the lake, many of the camp sites have drive-in access for locals and there's active logging in the area. It wasn't a problem but if you're looking for a very pristine experience then you may want to look elsewhere. The upside, however, is that this route is completely free.

2 months ago

Easy quick trail in mature forest to Suicide Creek. The trail can cross the creek and back again across a pair of bridges, or as the route here shows, don't cross the creek.

How many days or hours to finish the trail?

Fun! Definitely heed the advice of locals when they recommend snowshoes

For a quick little hike with a nice view, this was perfect for our quick stay in beautiful Powell River.

3 months ago

Sunday, May 21, 2017