Mt Steel (Tetrahedron Park)

Mt Steel (Tetrahedron Park) near Sechelt, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
7 kms
7hours
moderate
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Sechelt, BC
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This is a beautiful alpine trail. You start in the forest at the parking lot and end up at the summit of Mt Steel. The trail is average and fairly well kept. The trail is well marked for hiking in the summer and snow shoeing in the winter. It�s a great full day hike in the spring through fall; recommend staying the night at the cabin in the winter. Summit is 5400+ feet; the cabin is roughly 7-800 feet below in a nice little valley. You must take precautions for avalanches in the area, mostly in mid to late winter; otherwise just play safe.

Great scenery of the Strait of Georgia and surrounding coastal mountains. Lots of photo opportunity and wildlife viewing.

Directions:

Catch the ferry from Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) to Langdale (Sunshine Coast)--it is a 45 minute ride. Drive from Langdale to Sechelt--roughly a 1 hour drive. Sechelt is a small town, but should have a few last minute purchases if needed. From Sechelt drive 30 minutes northeast towards Tuwanek, You will go past Porpoise Bay Park, but keep following main road. You will drive over a bridge, Grey Creek, and about 300 hundred yards after, you will come to a logging road on your right. This is Jackson Bros. Main logging road. There is usually not much logging, but just take your time and drive with lights on. From the pavement to the parking lot you will drive for 30-45 minutes. This is a 2-wheel drive road but in the winter I suggest a 4-wheel drive (maybe chains). Once you arrive at the trailhead, park the vehicle and begin a great adventure into the coastal beauty.

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By icupat11Posted By: icupat11  - Fri Jan 02 22:36:43 UTC 2015 Not Rated Comment Check the conditions (eg. when it last snowed) for winter adventures here. This will affect the road in (can be icy and not have been plowed, if recent snow or cold-spell).

Need 4x4 and chains at minimum to get to lower parking. Maybe can park 3-4 km back of lower parking without, due to gentler gradients.

Hike is dependant on new snow - get the GPS track from link on
http://www.tetoutdoor.ca/.. decently marked, especially where there are trees - and high enough up on tree for snow, but still - have a plan!

By zoelavenPosted By: zoelaven  - Wed Jan 30 02:48:24 UTC 2013 Not Rated Question My 17 year old son and friends want to snowshoe and camp at Mount Steele. I'm not sure this is a wise idea. Any thoughts? Cheers, Zoe

ANSWERS are in this forum:   Camping at Mount Steele in January
By goaroundglobePosted By: goaroundglobe  - Thu Sep 08 02:50:08 UTC 2011 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Good day hike with beautiful views at the top and mixture of the trail terrain Downside Nothing really! Comment This is a good day hike for whether you are an experienced or a beginner. Getting to the upper parking will require 4WD with high clearance. Couldn't find any trail marks getting to the peak from Mt. Steele Cabin. Still lots of snow even in September this year! We posted more summer pictures on our website at www.goaroundglobe.com
By goaroundglobePosted By: goaroundglobe  - Sun Aug 28 18:10:42 UTC 2011 Not Rated Question Hello everyone,
Has anyone been on Mt steel this summer? We are planning on going next weekend and I'd like to know what the conditions are like in August. Thanks!

ANSWERS are in this forum:  Mt Steel conditions this year
By snowmanPosted By: snowman  - Fri Sep 25 17:19:14 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside The road is in good shape now all the cross ditches have been replaced with culverts. Road has been gravelled to the bridge and except for small water bars road is great to winter lot. Above the winter lot there are some small cross ditches. Downside Cell phones do not work up there, watch for dirt bikes flying around corners on weekends. Comment The Tet Outdoor club has a work party up repairing Mt Steele cabin. These 4 cabins are maintained by the Tet Outdoor club. All they ask is a small donation for cabin use $10 a night per person. It costs alot to fly firewood in and plow road in winter. This is 1 park that is mostly maintained by a club instead of Govt.
By trailrunnerPosted By: trailrunner  - Fri Sep 25 01:44:04 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside
I couldnâ??t put a finger on it, but there is a unique different good feel to this trail compared to over visited North Shore or Whistler mountains. View is different from the top; alpine mountains to North West includes ranges of Sunshine coast mtns across the inlet, many have completely rock exposed, appearing to have been covered by glacier till recently. And some are rather remote distance and have a big glacier on it. To North, I think it is Tantalus. To South East, there are nearby mountains like Tetrahedron then Northshore Mtns in the background. This is combined with super ocean reflection view and Vancouver island behind it. I felt overall view is superior to the peak of Brunswick or Lions. Trail is well taken care but you know the way dead plants still hang on the path and foothold is soft that traffic is usually not busy. Some ladders and mini bridges on the trail are 1000$ worth 1000yr old split Cypress made. There were three very well build cabin on the way to Mt Steel!
Downside
The beginning part is kind of boring as you go through logged old growth area on deactivated logging road. This starting area has been logged some years ago without much of growth coming back. The view is rather ugly and bleak.

The foot hold is very rocky with sharp rocks and hard to run fast on this section even incline is flat.
Upper parking has space for 10 cars max. Lower parking with more space is like 1.5km down the hill. I could find no clear trail to the peak of Mt Steel from the Mt Steel cabin. For someone with no scrambling skills, I had to back track half a dozen times & lost time as I took a wrong or dangerous approaches at the final ascent to the peak from the cabin.
Comment (From upper parking to peak of Mt Steel was 77mins, back to parking was 66mins. The whole trip to go and return from the peak of Mt Steel to upper paking including 16mins rest was 159mins.)

Trail starts as a rather boring overgrown abandoned logging road exposed to sun. You will see a few round looking tree covered mountains near by and one slightly remote looking more rugged looking mountain. I think Mt Steel is a round looking one with top portion bare. Soon you will turn off this deactivated logging road trail into a beautiful very soft landing trail with some small bush roots exposure. Something about this trail is beautiful. It goes through a beautiful old growth primarily of Cypress, Mountain Hemlock, & Ababilis Fir . The incline stays slight upwards with mixture of slight downhill & uphill for at least first 60-70% of the trail. Soon after the turn off to the real trail you arrive a fair sized(0.5-1km or so diameter?) deep looking lake surrounded by old growth of above three species. As the trail continues through this semi flat area passing some mini ponds, cabins, while its quality stays the same.

After you cross a creek the steeper ascent starts towards Mt Steel Cabin. Soon you get to rocky ascent section and go behind the treeline. The beautiful alpine view opens up on your back across the Sechelt inlet. Once you reach a Mt Steel cabin. I simply scrambled towards the peak as I couldnâ??t find a trail. Return is straight forward.

By granolapherPosted By: granolapher  - Sun Jun 21 22:23:46 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Quiet and beautiful. Downside Fresh cougar tracks in the area, boggy sections. Comment From the parking lot you'll take the bachelor lake trail at the junction, pass the Bachelor Lake cabin, the Edwards Lake cabin, and finally the Steele Summit Cabin, on your way to the summit. The trails are very well marked, and in quite good condition. The Cabins are very clean and well maintained, although the visitor log indicated that at various times there where up to 20 people (a class trip) in the cabin. Email and I can forward the grids for all points of interest.
By granolapherPosted By: granolapher  - Sat Jun 20 23:06:14 UTC 2009 Not Rated Upside Awesome views, hardly anyone on the trail, the snow was perfect. Downside Boggy at the bottom.
By ncgPosted By: ncg  - Tue Dec 21 02:04:58 UTC 2004 Not Rated Comment As of Dec 18-04 the Grey Creek Rd to the parking lot (lower) is completely clear of snow and is easily drivable in a toyota sedan or Nissan P/U 2wd (rear wheel). The last km to the upper lot has some snow that is quite icy. Once past parking lots there's a decent snow cover. Water bars are not a problem.
By kidchevyPosted By: kidchevy  - Tue Dec 02 21:15:38 UTC 2003 Not Rated Comment The logging road to the area now has been deactivated therefore the logging road has huge!!! cross ditches sorry folks it's 4x4 only access only.
By karenPosted By: karen  - Sat Jul 05 04:43:03 UTC 2003 Not Rated Upside We'll try again next year after we get a good, solid 4x4! Downside The road is very rough & steep. Not suited to a two - wheel drive vehicle. We tried in our aerostar - it's been up other logging roads - 3k in we broke the flexpipe on the muffler. The guy at the muffler shop said he wouldn't do that road in his jeep.
By trailpeakPosted By: trailpeak  - Tue Mar 04 06:48:22 UTC 2003 Not Rated Comment The 6,000-hectare (15,000-acre) Tetrahedron Recreation Area was proclaimed a Class A Provincial Park in 1995. This spectacular wilderness area is located in the mountains to the northeast of Sechelt. It ranges in elevation from 900 to 1,800 m (3,000-5,900') above sea level and includes mountains, old-growth forest, open parkland, 9 lakes and a variety of streams and wetlands. It also contains an extensive hiking and cross-country ski trail network that includes the only cabin-to-cabin (4 cabins) backcountry system in BC's Coast Mountains. The area is home to bear, cougar, marmots, mountain goat and deer. The area also feeds the headwaters of Chapman and Gray creeks, which provide drinking water to parts of the Sunshine Coast. For latest information on the park, contact BC Parks at (604) 898-3678. Pets are not allowed in the park. From the parking lot, there is a 2 km hike along logging road to the trail head. From the trail head it is 2.5 km to Bachelor Lake Cabin, 4.5 km to Edward's Lake Cabin and 7 km to Mount Steele Cabin. The trail from the trailhead to Edward's Lake cabin is fairly level only gaining roughly 200 meters in elevation. The hike from Edwards' to Mount Steele cabin is much more difficult containing 3 killer hills and gaining another 600 meters over a distance of 3 km.
Directions:
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Fron the main traffic lights in Sechelt, turn east (inland) onto Wharf road. A few blocks later, turn right on Porpoise Bay Road, which shortly becomes Sechelt Inlet Road, and follow it 5 km (3 mi) past Porpoise Bay Provincial Park to Gray Creek Forest Service Road (across form the Jackson dry land sort). Turn right and follow the logging road 12.3 km (7.4 mi) to the parking area. Be sure to keep left at the Y-intersection about 1.6 km (1 mi) from the start. The parking area is accessible by family car in the summer, but it is four-wheel drive country in winter. Winter users should carry chains as only limited plowing is done.
By PMPosted By: PM  - Sun Feb 02 12:10:04 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
By PMPosted By: PM  - Wed Jan 29 00:00:21 UTC 2003 Not Rated Comment Date of Trip 2002-11-29
By PMPosted By: PM  - Fri Jan 24 18:02:07 UTC 2003 Not Rated Comment The top lefthand photo is of Mt. Tetrahedron with me in the foreground, top right is of a friend and I below Mt. Steel. The bottom left picture is from the ridge leading to Steel looking down to the cabin and the last is a sunset looking west towards Vancouver Island.
By kidchevyPosted By: kidchevy  - Thu Jan 23 20:31:00 UTC 2003 Not Rated Upside the trail is 7 km from parking lot.


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