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.

Pack List

  • 10 essentials
  • camera
  • headlamp
  • sturdy winter boots
  • snowshoes
  • cook stove / utensils / propane
  • emergency candle
  • water / food
  • hiking poles (with baskets)
  • wood pellets (for pellet stove)
  • sleeping bag / sleeping pad
  • first aid kit
  • matches / fire starter / paper
  • warm layers / extra mitts
  • toilet paper
  • gps / map / guidebook
  • backpack with waterproof cover
  • extra batteries
  • cell phone
  • Spot satellite GPS Messenger
  • tire chains / winter tires / 4x4 truck with high clearance
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RT Distance 9.9 Miles
Elevation Gain 3280 Feet
Activities Snowshoeing, Backpacking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Forest
Scenic

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