Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
313.00 m (1,026.90 ft)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
7.10 km (4.41 mi)
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Perched high above British Columbia's Sunshine Coast lies Tetrahedron Provincial Park, a protected band of high forests and alpine peaks.

A year-round destination, these forests owe their ongoing existence to an unlikely source - loggers. Loggers discovered "The Tet" as a wonderful winter recreation destination and began building a network of trails and shelters. When the area of the park was earmarked for forestry use, many local loggers found themselves conflicted. After a tense period, the park was officially designated, which ensured that the area would remain protected for recreational use.

Today, a wonderful network of summer and winter trails and cabins are maintained by the local community. The most accessible trail and cabin is Batchelor Lake, which is just over 2 miles from the summer trailhead. The relatively short distance, modest elevation gain, and lakeside cabin make this a popular overnight trip for families introducing their children with the magic of backcountry adventure.

From the trailhead, follow the main trail into the park - an old logging road. After a steady climb, the trail hints at levelling out, which it almost does as you approach the Batchelor Lake junction. Say goodbye to the mountain views to the north and follow the infrequently used trail south toward Batchelor. In summer the route is packed with blueberries, which are enjoyed by both hikers and the resident black bear population.

After about a mile the trail darts into the forest and toward Tannis Lake. The lush green forests and rolling hills of this section are a nice contrast to the open uphill slog from the trailhead. Almost as soon as views of Tannis disappear, glimpses of Batchelor Lake can be seen through the wetlands and forests. Follow the trail across a couple of creeks until a junction appears. The natural progression of the trail to the right will take you to the beautiful Batchelor Lake Cabin, with its namesake lake just a couple of minutes further downhill.

Note: The preservation of the cabins and many of the trails in the park are due to the tireless volunteer efforts of the Tetrahedron Outdoor Club. Ongoing access to the cabins, and indeed the park, requires that everyone do their part. This means leaving pets at home, being frugal with your use of firewood, and leaving cabins in a better condition than you found them.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Days

2

Pros

Family friendly. Wildlife. Fresh berries. Lakes.

Cons

Access via forestry road can be difficult in poor conditions.

Trailhead Elevation

2,854.33 ft (870.00 m)

Highest point

3,526.90 ft (1,075.00 m)

Features

Vault toilet
Near lake or river
Wildlife
Shelters
Family friendly
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

Yes

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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