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The Sunshine Coast Trail
Sunshine Coast parks, trails
A big, long addition to the "wish lists" of many hard core backpackers in British Columbia Canada is the Sunshine Coast Trail (marked as SCT on many trail marker signs). Many years in the making, the trail route opened as of just recently in 1999. A route spanning over 180 km (yes that is not a misprint) starting/ending from just outside the community of Lund, BC at Sarah Point and ending/starting at the BC Ferry community of Saltery Bay.
The Sunshine Coast Trail route travels through many eco systems and different environments. Some areas of the Sunshine Coast Trail seem civilized with accommodations and restaurants found along the route. Opportunity to restock supplies. There is the odd man-made bridge and sections of boardwalk too but do no let that fool you. Most of the trail is rugged wilderness travelling through valleys, forests and along mountain ridges surrounded by natural structures like old growth trees, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and ponds. The Sunshine Coast Trail delivers with panoramic views, wildlife and a wide assortment of fauna and flora... and some very slippery moss covered trail areas to navigate.
The whole Sunshine Coast Trail system is broken into smaller segments for shorter hikes with some wilderness campgrounds located along the trail. Some campgrounds are serviced by pit toilets and many with picnic tables. Most sites range from two spots to 20 or more sites. The segmentation of the trail into sections creates a unique opportunity to explore sections of the trail by day and, yet, still enjoy a warm comfortable lodging at night.
Plan your hiking wisely, dress in layers and purchase a map from any of the many communities in the northern portion of the Sunshine Coast so to scout out your routes and campgrounds before embarking on your journey. Below are some of the highlights to expect from each section of the Sunshine Coast Trail.
Trail Segment #1- Sarah Point to Malaspina Rd. (21.3
Trail Segment #2 - Malaspina Rd to Powell Lake (29.2
Trail Segment #3 - Mowat Bay Municipal Park to Fiddlehead
Farm (20.9 km)
Trail Segment #4 - Tinhat Mountain to Eagle River (54.6
Trail Segment #5 - Lois Lake Dam to Saltery Bay (42 km)
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