McNair Cabin (Tetrahedron Park)

McNair Cabin (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
10 kms
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Back Country Skiing, Cross Country Skiing
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Sechelt, BC
User kidchevy
The trail to McNair cabin starts at the parking lot and ends at the foot of Panthers Peak and just in front of McNair Lake. The trail is fairly well marked with orange markers. Along the way you will come across Edwards Lake and then about a kilometre after Edwards Lake you will come across Edwards Lake cabin about 4.5 km into the trail. The trail after Edwards Lake cabin wanders down to Chapman creek, and then onto Chapman Lake which is surrounded by Mt Steele, Tetrahedron peak, and Panthers Peak. Summertime users should have good hiking boots because of mud and rock and in the wintertime watch for avalanches! This area is the Sunshine Coasts watershed and is also a provincial park so checking with B.C Parks before coming would be a good idea. The surrounding mountains are beautiful and the sunset can be just breathtaking so remember to bring a camera.

There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.


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.


Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By snowmanPosted By: snowman  - Wed Oct 07 00:07:25 UTC 2009 Not Rated Upside Tet Road Plowed in Winter to check road condition check on under outdoor reports or Dakota and Tet conditions. It helps if anyone using the park post conditions when they come down. Downside Winter need 4x4 although some school groups have tried to go up with chains on Vans and school buses in is not advised.
If large groups need help to gut to top They can contact the Tet Club.
Comment Hoping this year is a better year for snow Last year was 1/4 of norm
By snowmanPosted By: snowman  - Wed Sep 23 23:52:29 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 Road access has been greatly improved all cross ditches have been replaced by culverts.Road have bee regravelled to the Bridge at Grey creek. The Tet club gets the road plowed and airlifts firewood to cabins. Downside Well you do need 4x4 and best to use 1 set of chains on front axle as road is narrow. Best to carry shovels incase you have to dig a parking spot. The Odd time road may be blocked by a stuck vehicle who parked and walked up. Comment This is a great area to camp in winter at 1 of 4 rustic cabins. Elavations 3000ft plus. Temps can get down to -20'c at night. Sure nice to be in a cabin instead of a tent.
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By wanderlustPosted By: wanderlust  - Fri Jul 20 04:39:28 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Seems like a really great place for x-country skiing, relatively easy trails. Great cabins! Downside Okay - I know I'm spoiled with Squamish/Whistler/Pemby hikes, but the lakes up here are rather blase, the trails are standard coastal (read: muddy and stifled with second growth), and the views are of clearcuts and logging roads. Comment For the time/money it takes to get here from the mainland, better off doing Russett Lake, Garibaldi, Twin Lakes... basically anything alpine on the sea to sky.
By kidchevyPosted By: kidchevy  - Sun Feb 15 22:08:23 UTC 2004 Not Rated Comment not as many cross ditches now but a few have been left behind.
By lindsaymPosted By: lindsaym  - Sun Jan 04 22:04:34 UTC 2004 Not Rated Comment Road to trailhead not plowed as of Jan 2, 2004. Full chains recommended. Suzuki 4x4s able to reach the trailhead parking lot. Road very icy after polishing by chainless vehicles. Ski trail broken to McNair cabin.
By kidchevyPosted By: kidchevy  - Tue Dec 02 21:19:42 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 access only.
By trailpeakPosted By: trailpeak  - Tue Mar 04 06:51:26 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.


From 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 kidchevyPosted By: kidchevy  - Fri Jan 24 18:40:20 UTC 2003 Not Rated Comment This hike is a best done as a over night trip during the winter and just past Edwards Lake cabin is were the trail splits to go Mt Steele or McNair cabin.
By kidchevyPosted By: kidchevy  - Fri Jan 24 17:43:46 UTC 2003 Not Rated Upside Comment The bottom photo on the left is of Edwards lake cabin and the one beside it is of Mt steele looking from McNair lake cabin and below Mt Steele is Chapman lake. These pictures were taken the last weekend of spring break of 2002.

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