Sunshine Coast Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Sunshine Coast Trail is a 152.7 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Powell River, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
153 km
ELEVATION GAIN
7,332 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

hiking
29 days 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!!!

hiking
2 months ago

How many days or hours to finish the trail?

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017