52 Weeks of Trails - Week 50 - Tin Hat Mountain
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!
LENGTH & DIFFICULTY: 5km | 3 hours one way | SteepThroughout this past year of the 52 Weeks of Trails Blog, we've featured legs of the Sunshine Coast Trail numerous times. From seasides to thick rainforest, from babbling brooks to expansive lakes, and from wide soft dirt paths to rocky, steep canyons, the Sunshine Coast Trail's 180 km of hut-to-hut hiking is a one of a kind experience. Tin Hat Mountain is situated about halfway through the trail, and provides one of the most epic "mountain top" views anywhere on the Sunshine Coast. The climb to get there is steep but the reward is more than fitting.
Once you are at the top of Tin Hat Mountain you will be thrilled by the epic 360 degree panorama view. To the north, Goat Island and the Rainbow Range grow almost vertically out of the eastern arm of Powell Lake. To the east and south you will be able to see the Horseshoe Valley with Windsor, Dodd, Ireland, Nanton, Horseshoe and Lois Lakes, forming part of the Powell River Forest Canoe Route.
At the foot of Tin Hat Mountain, Lewis Lake beckons with its campsite. Farther to the south you will see the Smith Range rising between Horseshoe Valley and Haslam Lake to the West. The back of Mount Mahony crouches in the west with Confederation Bowl nestled into a high cleft.
The Tin Hat hut is fully winterized with a pellet stove, which means you can simply strap on your snowshoes if you wish to reach the summit in winter.
(For a more detailed hiking resource: Sunshine Coast Trail 4th Edition by Eagle Walz)