Sunshine Coast Trail is a 152.7 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Powell River C, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 152.7 km Elevation Gain: 7,332 m Route Type: Point to Point

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The sunshine coast trail from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay is Canada's longest hut to hut hiking trail. There are currently 14 huts along the 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!

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over grown
1 month ago

This trail is gorgeous. It's probably the most beautiful low altitude trek I've ever done. The views can be limited, but lots of warm lakes for swimming in, beautiful old growth forest, adorable towns and friendly community in the area, and a real feeling of peace and solitude. The huts and many toilets are awesome. Ran into some enthousiastic trail volunteers who had built the huts. Lots of bugs in August. Also a fair bit of bushwacking. The guidebook (available at MEC) was a lifesaver.

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2 months ago

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8 months ago

Just did the tin hat hut trail. Research where you want to come from theirs multiple approaches. No water source but so beautiful at the top. Last reliable water source is the lake (Lewis) . The actual trail is really well marked. Accidentally took a wrong turn with an overgrown old trail that lead to a dead end. The real trail is a dirt path in the forest, if you’re not in the forest and on gravel (like we were), keep looking. Hut has a pellet stove with a loft sleeping area that can comfortably fit 8-10 people. There’s pots and an outhouse (bring toilet paper). It is dog and child friendly trail. Various areas for a bonfire but check the burn ban beforehand. I forgot to turn my recording on the way up and about 15minutes on the way down. There’s another starting point a couple minutes from our ending point that has a bigger pull out area and the trail has a more obvious start. Take the scenic Lewis lake road to get there.

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9 months ago

Day 4. Aug. 14, 2019. Plummer Creek hike/ride to Lund. Detour plan to Savoury Island. Beautiful here!

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9 months ago

Day 3. Aug. 13, 2019. From Appleton Creek to Plummer’s Creek. About 5 hrs.

Day 2. Aug. 12, 2019. From Little Sliammon Lake to Appleton Creek Rec Site. About 10 km.

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9 months ago

Day 1. Aug 11 2019. From Powell River to the summit of Scout Mountain to Little Sliammon Lake. About 4.5 hours

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over grown
10 months ago

Hiked this trail from July 19- 27 and finished in 8 ½ days. We found it hard to get information on the trail to prep, so hoping that the below may help fellow thru hikers with a bit more information! Detailed day-by-day: Friday July 19 – We hired Jesse from Sunshine Coast Shuttle to drive us to the trailhead. They were prompt. Picked us up on time and took us basically right to the trailhead (we had to walk downhill about 100m). We had spent the day travelling from Vancouver, so we were not able to get onto the trail until 4pm. We hiked 12km to Wednesday Lake as it was just getting dark and set up camp. Took us about 5 hours. It was ok, but if you can push on to Manzanita Hut, I would highly recommend it. Beautiful up there. If you do stay at Wednesday lake, hike just past the first clearing to the area where there is lake access and a bench on the rock. Look to your left and there is a trail that will take you to a bit better of a tent clearing. We stayed here alone (there are about 6 clearings for tents). Ran into nobody else. Saturday, July 20 – We started about 8am and hike through Manzanita and towards Rieveley Pond. There were hornets nests on this stretch and my friend took 3 stings within the first 2 hours of hiking and again near the end of the day (they were quite bad). We made it to Rieveley Pond and decided to pitch a tent as there were hornets in the open hut area. Lots of tent sites here next to the hut. The pond was ok for a wash but not sue if I would swim in it. Tons of mice here! They were all over our packs in the night and they also broke into our smell proof bag that I had a bottle of whisky in. Yes, they drank my whisky. Everything else was in a bear can, and I would highly recommend bear cans on this trail as there is nowhere to cache and everyone seems to just hang their food bags in the hut and I don’t understand how that will deter a mouse or a bear or any other critter for that matter. Especially when you are camping just meters from the hut or sleeping upstairs. We also stayed here alone and ran into only one person on the trail that day that was hiking up to do some maintenance on the Manzanita hut. Sunday, July 21 – Pushed on from Rieveley Pond and found a very cute little campsite just about 2km past the hut. Probably would have preferred to stay here as opposed to Rieveley Pond as there were no hornets and wasps and the area was quite secluded. Right near a river so good water source. Highly recommend if you are not hut to hut camping (we preferred to pitch a tent as it was more private). We made it to Shingle Mill at about 2pm and stopped for lunch. Do not have the beyond meat burger. It was undercooked and weird (there were bean sprouts on it). My fellow hikers had salads which were fresh, and the zucchini sticks were not bad either. After lunch we pushed on to Tony’s Point where there were spots for about 3 tents, and we were alone. It was right on the lake where we could have a swim and do a bit of laundry. Slept with the tent open to the starts. Great site here. One other person camping on the beach around the bend, but we had the tent pads to ourselves. Monday, July 22 - Climb to Confederation Lake was challenging and was a slog. I found it hard. It took about 3 hours from Inland Lake. Stayed the night at Confederation Lake (enclosed cabin) as there were already 6 other hikers when we arrived and really nowhere to pitch a tent. 4 others slept outside cowboy camping on the old hut floor and the other 5 of us stayed in the hut. You can swim here as well, but it’s a bit cold. Tuesday, July 23 – We did not detour to fiddlehead landing and kept on to Tin Hat. I would say the climb to Confederation and Tin Hat were the most challenging on the whole trail as we still had quite a bit of food in the packs and had not really got our legs yet. Lots of berries and bear scat but no encounters. Markers for KM 86 and KM 87 are missing. There was a stream at 86.7 that had some water, and this was the last water source before the summit, so we loaded here. There is a puddle in a rock a little higher than the cabin at Tin Hut if you are desperate. We did not stay in the cabin here as there were already 6 people occupying it and they didn’t really make us feel very welcome. We did put our bear cans inside at night and the cabin seemed to be nice. The compostable toilet however was foul. Too many people using it and not enough fluffing material. We camped outside the hut this night and the wind picked up badly. It was the one morning that I really wished I had brought my gloves. There were some wasps and hornets around when we arrived, but they settled down as the evening approached and the temperatures dropped. You will need layers here. Wednesday, July 24 – We took the longer route down the back side of the mountain here and not the road. It was scenic and once off the mountain we pulled off the trail and had s

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over grown
11 months ago

Hiked this trail from June 2-June 12, 2 people Sarah Point to Powell River, 2 people from Powell River to Saltery Bay. The trail was very well marked for the most part with orange blazes - square for SOBO and diamond for NOBO. We only met one other group through-hiking the entire trail and didn't run into many people overall. The huts and pit toilets were very well maintained and wonderful to use. We set up our tent in the loft of the open huts to avoid the mice after the first night. Detailed day-by-day: June 2 - Took the Lund Water Taxi to Sarah Point to camp our first night before starting the trail ($50 each with 5 people on the boat). Had a tough time finding a suitable tree for a bear hang due to the type of forest. No water source here, pack in your water. Camped with 2 other people. June 3 - Good swimming and water source at Wednesday Lake, 4 km before the hut. Stayed in Manzanita Bluff Hut, amazing views. Mice in the hut so beware. Beautiful new composting toilet. No water source here, pack in water. Camped with 5 other people. June 4 - Good water sources in this stretch. Stayed at Rieveley Pond Hut. Many snakes around the pond, not good for swimming. Mice in the hut. June 5 - Canoe stashed at Little Sliammon Lake. Ran into day hikers as we got close to PR. Stopped for dinner at Shingle Mill Pub (few vegetarian options, no vegan options). Stayed the night at Haywire Bay Regional Park campground ($25/night, hot showers for loonies). June 6 - Many snakes at Inland Lake, skipped the hut there. Climb to Confederation Lake was challenging and took longer than expected, budget twice the time with a heavy pack. Very cold and hailed on our way there. Stayed the night at Confederation Lake (enclosed cabin). June 7 - Detoured 2km to Fiddlehead Landing en route to Tin Hat. Skip Fiddlehead to save time. Trail after Fiddlehead Farm is very overgrown and we were pushing through dense brush for half the day. Lots of berries and bear scat but no encounters. Markers for KM 86 and KM 87 are missing. The stream is dry at KM 86.7. No permanent H20 at Tin Hat, but there is a puddle in the rock a little higher than the cabin, and a muddy puddle on the approach road if you are desperate. No water in the rain barrel. Cabin is well maintained and clean. June 8 - Took the shorter, less scenic route down the logging route instead of looping out to Lewis Lake. Road is very rocky and we slipped a lot on the way down. The trail went through many clear cuts today through a "buffer corridor" of trees just around the trail, and climbed very steeply to Elk Lake where we spent the night. The lake was cold but one of us jumped in anyway. June 9 - Tons of bear scat today, very fresh, but no encounters. Scared by a pheasant exploding out of the bushes at us protecting her chicks. Coyote Lake is at a lower elevation than the trail down a side trail and adds distance and elevation gain to get water. No water at KM 120 Blackwater Springs. Lots of water in the stream at KM 123 down a side trail. Lots of water in the rain barrel at Walt Hill Hut where we stayed. The climb up to Walt Hill is extremely steep but views are amazing. There is cell service at the Walt Hilton. Blazes were far apart in this section and the trail sometimes hard to find. June 10 - Descent from Walt Hill is very steep and slippery. Saw 3 elk in clear cuts. Lois Lake has a beautiful beach at the canoe campsite where we hung out for 2 hours. We waded and washed off but it would also be good for swimming. Easy 1.5 hour hike from Lois Lake to Golden Stanley Hut t KM 145. Side trail from the hut down to a creek for water access. Looks like this hut might be a popular local hangout based on the lighter and leftovers. June 11 - Could not find the campsite at Elephant Lake. Good spot to stop for a snack and water supply at the mouth of Elephant Creek (don't follow the signs that say "flood route", go the other way at the fork). Weird floating ghost tree at KM 154.5. Lots of dense bush and bear scat but no encounters. Beautiful log cabin up at Jocelyn Pond before the summit where we stayed. The pond still had lots of water when we were there but apparently dries up by summer. Lots of bugs near the pond. June 12 - 30 minutes to summit Mt Troubridge from the hut this morning. The trees have grown up since the guide book was published and the view isn't as panoramic as we had thought. Lots of water in the rain barrels at the Troubridge Hilton past the peak. Beware that you'll go over another large hill after summiting Troubridge. Lots of blowdown and deadfall across the trail on the descent from Troubridge towards Saltery Bay. Had to throw our packs over a few large trees and climb over. Saw a very large toad just before the rainy day lake junction, and lots of frogs on this section of trail. Skipped Rainy Day and went the Fairview Route. The bay just before the hut was lovely for a snack and swimming. Beware the Fairview Bay trail goes up

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Mon May 20 2019

10 of us did the Sarah Point to Powell River leg over the May long weekend. The first day (16km) was a bit of a slog, especially weighed down with our packs - we were a group of mixed abilities, but were all pleading to the hiking gods and struggling by the end, due to a fair bit of steady elevation gain. There were beautiful lookouts along the way, and a lovely hut. As others have said, access to water on that stretch is limited, so make sure to fill up at the lake about 4Km before the hut at Manzanita. On the second day we hiked about 18-20km into Appleton Creek, where there was plenty of room for our group. There is a hut about a km before, but we opted to skip it. Much easier in comparison to the first day and good water access. The last day was beautiful, and included a nice little swim at the lake. The last few km heading into Powell River were steep, and we definitely valued our poles. Hit up Shingle Mill for some tasty food and drink afterward. Have the appetizer ceaser! Other notes. The trail was one of the best marked I’ve experienced and very well maintained. I’ll definitely be back to try another section. We saw plenty of bear scat, but with such a large group didn’t come into contact with any. There aren’t bear boxes at the campsites, so make sure to bring something to make a cache.

Tue Aug 28 2018

Halfway through. Serious wasp nest at 84.5, 100% sting rate

Mon Aug 27 2018

always been my favourite. I grew up in Powell river and am still astonished by the sunshine coast trail every time I go out

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Mon Jul 16 2018

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!!!

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Wed May 23 2018

How many days or hours to finish the trail?

Mon May 07 2018

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

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