The Tetrahedron’s Mt. Steele Cabin (Summer)
Distance : 7 km each way
Max Elevation : 1550 m ( 5000′ )
Elevation Gain : 900 m (2900′ )
Time : 3-5hrs up, 2-4hrs down
The Tetrahedron is a great area to explore in both Summer and Winter. It is though, a lot easier to access in the summer. While 4wd and full backcountry equipment is necessary in the winter months, for the summer this can be a much lighter bag. It can even be accomplished in one long day of hiking. To get the full experience I would plan for a 2 or 3 day trip though.
Same as in the Winter, the Tetrahedron Provincial Park is a spectacular area for hiking and snowshoeing on the Sunshine Coast. A short ferry ride from West Vancouver’s Horseshoe bay is a town called Langdale. From here, a 20min drive North West will take you to Sechelt where you will turn and Head North through Porpoise Bay towards an area called Tuwanik. There is a FSR that turns off the right hand side of the road towards the Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Starting off on the hike, the summer path is well-marked and easily followed. Follow the signs and tree markers past Bachelor Lake, through the Edwards Lake cabin area and up to the Mt Steele Cabin. This will take 3-5 hrs based on conditions and fitness. Even in the depth of summer, there will be snow in the bowl so plan for this in clothing selection. The final Mt Steele Summit is about a 30-45 min hike from the cabin and makes for a great sunset. Bring headlamps and an adequate stove and fires are not allowed in the park boundaries.
For a printable map of the Tetrahedron park trails go to tetoutdoor.weekbly.com. For information on the park and current conditions head over to tetoutdoor.ca and when you are done your trip, do not forget to make a donation to the ski club at the local Shell Station.
It should be noted as well that motor vehicles and bicycles are not permitted in the park.
5/9 The Challenge
7/9 The Enjoyability