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Mount Steele Hike

Tetrahedron Provincial Park

Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

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  • Tetrahedron Provincial Park glowing in the morning light as seen from the Horeshoe Bay Ferry.- Mount Steele Hike
  • The trail starts out gentle and wide.- Mount Steele Hike
  • There are multiple creeks that cross the trail.- Mount Steele Hike
  • The park's peaks come into view passing Victors Landing.- Mount Steele Hike
  • Edwards Lake and Panther Peak.- Mount Steele Hike
  • The trail up to the lake is very easy.- Mount Steele Hike
  • The trail skirts around the lake.- Mount Steele Hike
  • Edward Lake with morning fog.- Mount Steele Hike
  • The trail passes through lush green forested areas.- Mount Steele Hike
  • Many wooden bridges cover wet, sensitive ground.- Mount Steele Hike
  • This is bear country, so be aware!- Mount Steele Hike
  • Edwards Cabin near Edwards Lake.- Mount Steele Hike
  • The park is speckled with a bunch of small lakes. - Mount Steele Hike
  • Eagle Range across the Salmon Inlet and Mount Drew in the clouds.- Mount Steele Hike
  • Mount Steele cabin.- Mount Steele Hike
  • Lots of room and ammenities in the Mount Steele cabin.- Mount Steele Hike
  • The sleeping loft. (This photo only shows half.)- Mount Steele Hike
  • Sunset from inside the cabin.- Mount Steele Hike
  • The weather can change unexpectedly here. No summit attempt.- Mount Steele Hike
  • Visibility returns at lower elevation.- Mount Steele Hike
  • The trail crosses Steele Creek.- Mount Steele Hike
  • Calm Lake Edwards.- Mount Steele Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitute. Big vistas. Well stocked cabins. Water is available.
Cons: 
Trail can get hard to follow. Lots of bugs in the summer.
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Region:
Sunshine Coast, BC
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Recommended Equipment:
Additional ice tools
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade I
Net Elevation Gain: 
440.00 m (1,443.57 ft)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
15.00 km (9.32 mi)
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,120.00 m (3,674.54 ft)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Just north of Sechelt on BC's Sunshine Coast is 6,000 hectares of high alpine country that hosts some of the area's tallest peaks and most beautiful hikes. Tetrahedron Provincial Park is most often used by backcountry skiers and snowshoers. Several winterized cabins have been constructed by the Tetrahedron Outdoor Club and are available to the public to use. Due to elevation, remoteness, and geography, the cabins can only be stocked by helicopters or by foot, so donations help keep the cabins stocked for all visitors.

Hiking in from the parking area (which can be up to several hundred meters lower in winter), you can decide to visit some of the lower elevation cabins and or lakes for a simple day hike or to push onto the highest elevation cabin and the gateway to the tallest peaks in the park. The Mount Steele Cabin is only 7 kilometers from the upper parking gate and sits about 100 (vertical) meters below the summit of Mount Steele. The trail up to the cabin is a pretty gentle walk until you reach Edwards Lake and the Edwards Lake Cabin. The trail skirts around the lake though alpine meadows and wetlands that offer beautiful views of the mountains to the north and west. The lake itself is very calm and therefore creates amazing reflections of the surrounding mountains. 

The trail past the lake starts to climb a little more abruptly. Trail markers start to dwindle and the trail itself can become hard to follow, especially after a fresh snowfall. Follow a map and know your route before proceeding past Lake Edwards cabin. Once you climb to the top of the ridge, Mount Steele and the Mount Steele cabin come into view. Perched at the back of the mountain facing north with a clear view all the way to the Squamish mountain ranges, the cabin is a welcome site and a very comfortable stay. 

The official trail ends here. The push up to the summit can be attempted several ways, but in the snow and without experience the easiest route is to follow is the ridge to the summit (about 1 kilometer).  At 1,659 meters, the Mount Steele summit presents a new view of Mount Tetrhedron and the Howe Sound. Clear days will allow you to see from Vancouver to Vancouver Island and into the Northern Coastal Mountain ranges. 

With good weather and a steady pace, the summit can be reached in a day; however, taking some time and spending the night is very rewarding, especially if you are planning for a winter or shoulder season adventure.

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