The best views often come after the most challenging climb. Chances are you've probably heard of the famous Sunshine Coast Trail in B.C. But the 180-kilometre backcountry route is too long for the average person. Thankfully you can walk a much shorter five-kilometre section to the best lookout in the area.

If you are coming from Vancouver, it will take you four and a half hours, including two ferry rides, to reach Tin Hat Mountain. As such, you'll want to add it to your weekend adventure bucket list.

Following Canada's longest hut-to-hut hiking trail, you'll begin at Spring Lake and follow the path up the mountain. The trek will take you three hours, but it is a steep and challenging climb.

It isn't suited for beginners, but if you don't break a sweat on Grouse Grind or Eagle Bluffs, you should have no problem here. 

Before you depart, make sure to prepare appropriately and check the condition of the trail. You'll definitely need hiking boots with a good grip and pack plenty of water to drink.  

Once you make it to the top, you'll be greeted by the winterized hut on top of Tin Hat Mountain. It is one of the many free cabins in the area.

Usually, there is no need to reserve a visit, it is open to everyone. Right now it is temporarily closed because of COVID, but you are welcome to camp outside.

But you aren't missing out, as it is the 360-degree mountain top view that is truly spectacular. The lookout point offers a spellbinding panorama of the lush valleys and mountain peaks.

Off in the distance, you'll be able to spot Goat Island, Horseshoe Valley, and Lois Lake.

Without question, you'll want to share a selfie with the epic vista on social media. 

No one needs to know you didn't do the entire multi-day walk. We promise we won't spill that you took the shortcut.

Tin Hat Mountain

Price: Free

Address: Tin Hat Mountain, Powell River C, BC

Why You Need To Go: The quick afternoon adventure lets you see the best lookout on this famous Canadian hike.


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.


 

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