My regular readers may remember that I hiked in Tetrahedron Provincial Park about a month ago. The lousy weather obscured the supposedly awesome views and I vowed to return. With a better forecast this week, my pals and I boarded BC Ferries for another trip to British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. Yes, that name conjures up visions of beautiful blue skies, but once again it was not to be, at least not up in the mountains. Despite the drizzle, mud, and mosquitoes we had a great time hiking the 9.4 km up to Mt. Steele cabin. Late that evening the sky brightened just a little. We wrenched ourselves from the warmth of the cabin for the 20-minute scramble to the summit of Mt. Steele where we savoured the elusive views.
The park gets its name from the imposing pyramid-shaped mountain (a tetrahedron is a geometric shape with four triangular faces…I learned something new). Tetrahedron Peak, at 1730 m, is the highest summit on the Sunshine Coast.
While I was hoping for brilliant sunshine, the tiny patches of blue surrounded by menacing-looking clouds made a dramatic display. The ceiling had lifted just enough for us to glimpse the rugged mountain scenery. Not surprisingly, we had the summit of Mt. Steele to ourselves. And, the rain held off.
We enjoyed the gorgeous views to Mt. Steele cabin as we made our way down from the summit. It was already 9:00 pm…thank goodness for the long days.
A month ago, the cabin was surrounded by deep snow. Now, just patches remained with dozens of little ponds and creeks created by the run-off.
Mt. Steele cabin and the other three cabins in Tetrahedron Park are wonderful options for backpacking trips if you prefer a roof over your head. They all have wood stoves, communal tables, sleeping lofts (with cushy mats!), and outhouses. The three of us were alone in the sleeping loft (two hearty mountain guys came in for meals but slept in tents). We were really happy to be inside that night as the rain and wind pelted the roof of the cabin.
In my previous post I included lots of photos of the pretty rainforest terrain on the trail leading to Mt. Steele. I’d be remiss not to mention that this is a lovely hike even without the views at the top (but I’m sure glad we got a taste this time). I’ve included a few lower elevation photos below, but check out my earlier post if you want to see more and get detailed information about the hike.
A Few Facts:
- The hike from the lower trailhead parking lot to Mt. Steele cabin is 9.4 km with roughly 800 m elevation gain. The first 6 km are relatively easy, the final 3 km gain most of the elevation. The trail is well-marked.
- The cabins are not reservable. They sleep 12 people.
- Access to the park is via Grey Creek Forestry Road past Porpoise Bay, near the town of Sechelt. Signs for the park are almost non existent so make sure you have thorough directions before you go (see below).
- Directions and park details can be found at Tetrahedron Outdoor Club and BC Parks.