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Powell River, British Columbia

Snowshoe to Walt Hill Hut

9.9 Miles Total - 3280 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Jessica Byers

The winter route to Walt Hill is challenging but the rewards are many including a beautifully built winterized cabin, lush old growth cedar forests and stunning views of the Horseshoe Valley.

The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 180-kilometre back country experience that encompasses 12 free cabins, 3 of which are winterized. The cabins are run by volunteers from the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (PRPAWS).

Drive south on Highway 101 to Duck Lake Forest Service Road 3477 Br.1 and head towards Duck Lake. At the south end of the lake, take a right and cross over Lang Creek bridge. Continue on until you reach Burma Junction (2.7km in) and then bear right again for another 2.8km towards Burma / Granite Lake Junction. Turn left and 4 wheel up about 400 meters and take a right at the second junction. A few meters in you will see a new logging road on your right, the parking pullout is just shortly beyond. The trail is well marked with red diamond shaped markers but a GPS and guidebook are strongly recommended.

Snowshoe travel times can vary depending on the snow depth so give yourself 4-5 hours. Visitors should be comfortable trekking in winter conditions and be prepared with food, water, and extra layers. Come prepared with wood pellets for the stove and leave the cabin better than you found it.

For safety reasons a 4x4 truck with high clearance is recommended. Cell reception on the trail can be spotty so it's advisable to complete a trip plan and leave it with a friend.

For more information, check out the Sunshine Coast Website.

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Snowshoeing
Backpacking
Bathrooms
Forest
Scenic

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