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52 Weeks of Trails - Week 16 - Trinket Trail

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ase you missed it, we've introduced our challenge to you for 2014-- 52 Weeks of Trails.  Each week we'll blog about a trail (hike, bike, snowshoe, and paddle!) and we hope you enjoy and share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and/or Instagram using #52weeksoftrails.  Happy Trails!


Week #16 - Trinket Trail to Bunster Bluffs
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What isn't there to love about this trail? Like Powell River and its array of residents, the trail has a lot of character and is absolutely 100% quirky. Think of the trail as one giant geocache-- there are trinkets hanging from the trees, poking out of mossy stumps. and peaking up from the ferns. You'll want to bring a trinket to leave behind and pick out a trinket to take home for memories.

About 2.5 km along the trinket trail you can’t miss Troll Alley; there are literally dozens of the funky hairy toys hanging from branches and wedged into trees and moss. The entire Trinket Trail is a 5.5 km round trip and begins just off Southview Road, all the way up to the Bunster Bluffs and back again. Give yourself three to four hours for this hike.

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The hike up to the Bunster Bluffs is a steep one and definitely gets the heart-rate up, but it's worth the trek as the views from the bluffs over the strait are absolutely surreal. You'll want to pack a picnic for this one as there's a bench awaiting you (perfect for lunching and napping) once you reach the top. Take the small trail back to your car.

A portion of the Trinket Trail overlaps with the Sunshine Coast Trail, Canada's longest hut to hut hiking trail.  If you love trail running or just want a great hike with friends, don't miss out on next weekend's Marathon Shuffle! Challenge yourself with a full 29km or a half 12km shuffle on the Sunshine Coast Trail, April 27, 2014.  You can register here.
 
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 ·         Direction to trailhead: From Powell River, take Marine Avenue (also Highway 101) north towards the Townsite. Follow Marine/101 until you get a ‘T’ in the road. Take a right here (follow the signs pointing to Lund) which will take you over the famous Powell Lake, up the hairpin Wildwood Hill and through Sliammon. After passing through Sliammon and past Scuttle Bay, take a right on Southview Road (next road after Wilde Road.) Almost immediately there will be a ‘y’ in the road, stick to your right and continue to mender past houses with gardens and green space. At about the 3.6 km mark, you’ll drive over a bridge crossing Toquwnatch Creek. There is a road just up from the bridge on your right hand side. Take a right on the road and immediately pull over to the side of the road to park before the bridge. You’ll see a sign to the left stating ‘Gibraltor Bluffs’ sign. This will connect you to the Trinket Trail and lead you to the Bunster Bluffs.

·         Trail Map (follow the red highlighted trail!)

 

 

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