Hiking trail; Views
LENGTH/TIME: 2.5km/60mins up
HIGHLIGHTS: This trail is rewarded with an incomparable view of the geography of the Pender Harbour area.
ACCESS: North of Pender Harbour turn left on Garden Bay Road at the Petro-Canada gas station. Travel 3.4km on Garden Bay Road or 1.5km after Oyster Bay Road. Take the first dirt road on the left after Oyster Bay Road. There is a sign here (hard to see,) which states ‘Mount Daniel Trail – Take a Hike!’ On this road take the left fork after 200m and keep bearing left. After another 200m there is room to park and the trail begins.
TERRAIN: A fairly steep trail with magnificent views of Pender Harbour.
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Posted By: trailrunner
- Sun Aug 21 15:16:00 UTC 2011
Upside Great view. Easy reach to trail head. Easy to follow trail. Downside Didn't think of any. Comment Mt Daniel is a small but prominent looking hill visible from Pender Harbour on lower Sunshine Coast. A visitor or passer-by like me can enjoy a short workout & great views from the peak.
Turn west from Sunshine Coast hwy to Garden Bay road at gas station. Soon this paved road starts going up in the forest then will pass(about 3k after turn off) the trail entrance -dirt road branching out to the south. If you get to the lake like I did you have gone too far. The trail head was at the side of Garden Bay road but it looked like it was possible to drive up this dirt road for a few hundred meters if you insist.
To me the trail was similar to those of North Shore mountains; bit of large gravel with some roots. Bottom is fern covered path. You would stay under canopy of second growth forest until you reach the peak.
This morning I intended to do this hill three times in negative split with all-out on the third. First one was 23mins up, 16mins down, second run 21mins up, 15mins down. But there were quite a few people coming up on the second way down for such a short trail and several more parties arrived as I reached the bottom - so gave up on the third one. Fast runners should be able to do 17mins up and 13mins down; the trail is often covered by tricky gravel and it would be difficult to go down fast. For run training it would be better to do it very early in the morning to avoid the crowd.
The view was very decent from the peak.
Posted By: WesternWilson
- Mon Jul 09 22:30:45 UTC 2007
UpsideFabulous views across Pender Harbour, Texada Island, the Strait and Vancouver Island in the distance. Really impressive, healthy arbutus trees up there too. An excellent workout, and dog friendly too. There is a small pond near the top where the pups can drink and frolic about in the duckweed. After the hike, drive a bit further down Garden Bay Road to Garden Bay Lake, where there is great swimming and a portakabin to change in! Excellent cherry pie a la mode at the takeout across from the Petro-Can! DownsideAbsolutely no view till the top, and the forest is a bit dreary here. The trail is a steambed in winter, so is uneven and full of smallish rocks...watch your footing carefully, especially on the way down when you are tired. Trekking poles would help. Trail is steep but much easier than the Grouse Grind (no steps), and a bit shorter, too I think. Watch the sheer drops at the top, they are dangerous for dogs and kids. CommentWe climbed the trail to plant a TerraCache. Middle aged, tubby and only moderately fit, the trail just took persistence. We rested often, and while this was a good workout, and we were very hot and sweaty, we made it! We passed a pair of very buff ladies who do this trail every other day....in just under an hour. Oy vey! Take the camera; the views are spectacular!
Posted By: sxycowgirl84
- Mon Sep 26 13:51:40 UTC 2005
UpsideThe view at the top is spectacular, DownsideIts up all the way but the reward at the top is worth it CommentI absolutley love this hike. I went in July and I am goin again in October.