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Trip 260 - June 17, 2022 (Friday)

Mount Daniel Trail Hike

North of Sechelt BC

Near Madeira Park (BC Sunshine Coast)

 

Mount Daniel Trailhead Location: BC Sunshine Coast, North of Sechelt, off Garden Bay Road, 3.3 km from BC Highway 101.

Liked: A fine view from the top, lots of fern first half of the trail, shade in the forest, almost no bugs.

Of Note: A moderately difficult trail with several short steep sections, hiking poles and boots are recommended, unbarricaded drop-offs at the main viewpoint, some traffic noise at the viewpoints, broken glass and garbage at the main viewpoint, no facilities.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Park Coordinates: Page 9 (Sechelt) B1.

 

Mount Daniel Trail is located on BC Sunshine Coast, about 41 km North of Sechelt, off Garden Bay Road, 3.3 km from Highway 101. Going further on Garden Bay Road would eventually lead to Pender Hill Trail, covered in the previous trip report.

Of the two trails, Pender Hill is shorter, easier, and has better views. That said, Mount Daniel Trail has a decent, albeit partially obstructed, view from the top as well, and is a worthwhile hike too. This hike is about 2.4 kilometers long one way, and is moderately difficult, with several short steep sections. The second half of Mount Daniel Trail goes through Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park.

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

1. Here are Google Map directions from Sechelt to Mount Daniel Trailhead. Mount Daniel Trailhead is located 800 meters past Pender Harbour Landfill Site, and 1.2 km past Barbash Road.

2. We are westbound on Garden Bay Road, North of Sechelt, about 3.3 km after turning from BC Highway 101, with Mount Daniel Trail parking lot seen on the left side. Coordinates: N 4938.854 W 12400.272. Elevation: 80 meters. There are no facilities.

3. Should the lot be full, a pullout is located approximately 100 meters ahead on the right side.

4. An information board at the Mount Daniel Trail parking lot.

5. The hike begins. It appears it is possible to drive up for 340 meters, as the road is decent and there are no signs prohibiting that, but we saw no vehicles there, as everyone parked by Garden Bay Road.

6. Stay left at a split 160 meters from the trailhead. A sign shows that bicycles are allowed on this trail, as challenging for biking as it is.

7. Mount Daniel Trail at 250 meters.

8. And here is that spot at 340 meters, where it appears vehicles can drive without much trouble. After that, the trail is definitely for hiking and biking only.

9. An interesting information board.

10. And the trail sign right by the board.

11. Mount Daniel Trail at 440 meters from Garden Bay Road.

12. At about 700 meters, lush fern adorns both sides of the path for several hundred meters. Fern has substantial presence for the first half of the hike.

13. At 1.25 km, Mount Daniel Trail enters Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park. Nothing changes hike-wise, but rules and regulations applicable to BC provincial parks are now in effect.

14. At 1.40 km.

15. At 2.28 km from the parking lot, there is a notice advising of the sensitive nature of this environment.

16. At 2.35 km, we are very close to the end of Mount Daniel Trail.

17. And we are at the first (main) viewpoint at 2.40 km from Garden Bay Road parking lot. Coordinates: N 4938.151 W 12400.410 Elevation: 450 meters (370 meters elevation gain from the parking lot, for an average grade of about 15%).

18. A fine view indeed. Albeit, it could have been better were it not for trees partially blocking the view, especially on the right side.

19. Zooming in.

20. Looking right.

21. Zooming in once again.

Here is our video of the views from this location.

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22. The trail continues past the first viewpoint for less than 100 meters and reaches its end (and a second viewpoint).

23-25. The views from the second viewpoint are not as good, though looking to the right is a bit better due to less obstruction by the trees. Left to right.

26. A fine view on the way back where the turnoff to the first viewpoint is located.

Mount Daniel Trail is fairly challenging, if not too long, and leads to a decent view. Recommended.


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ihikebc.com Trip 260 - Mount Daniel Trail Hike (BC Sunshine Coast North of Sechelt)