52 Weeks of Trails - Week 48- Starting the Sunshine Coast Trail
In case 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!
Sarah Point to Wednesday Lake
LENGTH & DIFFICULTY
12.1km | 6-7 hours | Somewhat Difficult
This trail is the beginning of the 180 km Sunshine Coast Trail which travels through Malaspina Park on the eastern side of Malaspina Peninsula with awe-inspiring views of Desolation Sound and Okeover Inlet.
Just 2 km from the start is Feather Cove, a cozy camping site facing the entrance to Desolation Sound with raised wooden platforms for easy tenting. This is a great area to spot wildlife, both ocean creatures (sea lions, seals) and birds (bald eagles, ravens, heron) are frequent visitors.
The trail traverses through numerous canyons covered in ferns and electric green moss leading to some majestic stands of old growth forest of Douglas Fir and giant western red cedar.
Wednesday Lake is a picture of solitude. There is a picnic site and a few tent sites nearby with an outhouse. Watch for loons, wood ducks and beavers that frequent this area.
NOTE: This lake is a water supply for some local residents, so please keep it clean!
MAP & DIRECTIONS:
From the city of Powell River, take Marine Avenue (aka. Hwy 101) north past Townsite and continue along until you reach Lund. You can park in Lund and hire the Lund Water Taxi or another charter boat to drop you off at Sarah Point. This is a breathtaking way to start your hike, and well worth the cost, especially on a sunny day.
Alternatively, you can arrange to be dropped off on the BC Hydro right-of-way road just past the gravel pit beyond Bliss Landing and walk 4 km on the rugged 4x4 only road to the trail head at Sarah Bay.