Manzanita Hut is located on Manzanita Bluffs on the Gwendoline Hills trail section. The main floor is a partially open shelter with two full walls protecting visitors from the wind that comes off the ocean on blustery days. There is a sleeping loft upstairs.
This is the first hut along the Sunshine Coast Trail when you are starting from Desolation Sound. It affords panoramic views of the Copeland Islands, Savary Island, and the Salish Sea. It is surrounded by manzanita bushes, arbutus trees, and old-growth Douglas fir trees. It is also a great place to spot eagles soaring in the air. One-and-a-half to two hours from either end of Gwendoline Hills Trail, it makes a great lunchtime destination for day hikers.
The opening of the Manzanita Hut, pictured above, saw 160 people in attendance. It was a real highlight in the life of the Sunshine Coast Trail, and an indication of how appreciative Powell Riverites are of all the volunteer work that gone into making the SCT and these huts possible.
Manzanita Hut At-A-Glance
- Partially-open shelter
- Outhouses, picnic tables, fire pit, sleeping loft