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Trip 259 - June 17, 2022 (Friday)

Pender Hill Trail Hike

North of Sechelt BC

Near Madeira Park (BC Sunshine Coast)


Pender Hill Trailhead Location: Corner of Lee Road and Coastview Drive, about 47 km North of Sechelt, near Madeira Park (unincorporated) on BC Sunshine Coast.

Liked: Panoramic views from the top of the mountain, several fine forest scenes, shade in the forest, no bugs.

Of Note: Steep unbarricaded drop-offs at the top of the mountain, industrial noise heard at the top of the mountain, moderately challenging trail with some short steep stretches, hiking poles and boots are highly recommended.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Park Coordinates: Page 9 (Sechelt) A1.


Pender Hill is a small mountain in the unincorporated Madeira Park area of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, approximately 47 kilometers North of Sechelt via BC Highway 101, (turn left onto) Garden Bay Road, (proceed straight onto) Irvines Landing Road, and (turn right onto) Lee Road. The trailhead is located by the corner of Lee Road and Coastview Drive, 9.5 km after turning from BC Highway 101 onto Garden Bay Road.

Pender Hill Trail is quite short (about 850 meters one way), and is moderately difficult with several short steep stretches. It leads to a very fine panoramic harbour and ocean viewpoint. 

All trail distances are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate.

1. Here are Google Map directions from Sechelt to Pender Hill Trailhead.

2. We are on BC Highway 101 North of Sechelt, 200 meters away from Garden Bay Road.

3-4. Making a left turn from BC Highway 101 onto Garden Bay Road, just past Petro Canada gas station.

5. Garden Bay Road, 300 meters after turning from BC Highway 101.

6. At 5.5 km, Garden Bay Road goes left, but we need to drive straight onto Irvines Landing Road.

7. At 8.5 km after turning from BC Highway 101, make a right turn from Irvines Landing Road onto Lee Road.

8. Lee Road after the turn.

9. At 9.5 km, Lee Road arrives to Coastview Drive (on the right), and the sign seen in the middle-right is showing that Pender Hill Park is right here.

10. The sign up close. Proceed 50 meters to the parking lot.

11. Pender Hill Park parking lot. Good for 5-6 vehicles. Coordinates: N 4938.541 W 12403.699. Elevation: 70 meters.

12. The Pender Hill trailhead is right at the parking lot.

13. Pender Hill Trail 50 meters from the trailhead.

14. A small boardwalk at 110 meters.

15. Now at 230 meters from the parking lot.

16. A funny "sad tree" with a "long nose" at 300 meters.

17-18. Pender Hill Trail is moderately challenging, but a few stretches are quite steep, like this one, starting at 600 meters from the trailhead.

19. At 780 meters, we are almost there, just go up this hill...

20. And here we are, 21 minutes after the trailhead (took us 16 minutes to get back). Coordinates: N 4938.400 W 12403.327. Elevation: 240 meters (170 meters elevation gain from the trailhead, for an average grade of about 20%).

21. A bench next to an arbutus tree to chill before or after checking out the viewpoint.

22-26. And the viewpoint is quite impressive indeed. Left to right, followed by a panorama.

27. With much zoom, we see a small island with a lighthouse.

Here is our video of the views from this location.

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Pender Hill Trail is a bit challenging, but is very short and leads to a great view. Highly recommended.

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ihikebc.com Trip 259 - Pender Hill Trail Hike (BC Sunshine Coast North of Sechelt)