Why you should go
Elk Lake is a great destination in any season — in summer it’s a wonderful place to swim after a challenging climb; in winter it’s located in the middle of snowshoeing territory! This hut is a little deeper in the backcountry, but it is still do-able as a day hike, and the views you get of Horseshoe Valley along the way make it all worthwhile. In the late summer this is a great place to gather wild berries.
How to get there
From the junction of Wharf Street and Marine Avenue drive north, then turn right at the traffic lights on Alberni Street and drive uphill to Manson Avenue. Turn left on Manson, and take the first street to the right, Cassiar. It turns into Yukon Avenue. Follow Yukon to Haslam Street and make a right on Haslam straight up the hill to the first fork. Keep right on the Haywire Bay/Inland Lake tine, staying on pavement until you merge with Duck Lake FSR 3477 Br.2. Continue 4 km to the south end of Duck Lake (N 49°50.925′, W 124°26.871′). There, turn left and head east over the Lang Creek Bridge for 2.7 km until you reach the next junction. Keep right on Br.3 for another 2.8 km to Granite Lake Main Junction (N 49°50.587′, W 124°22.710′). Turn left on Granite Main and four-wheel uphill for about 4 km until you come to blocked Washout Creek.
Park, cross the creek on foot and hike about 2 km, passing Granite Lake until you come to a fork. Turn left across Hotdog Creek and to another fork. Keep left again. After a short distance you will come upon another junction, the start of the Elk Lake Loop. Both routes are marked and rejoin at tiny Summit Lake for the final kilometre westward to Elk Lake Hut. For the best hiking route to the hut, turn right.
See the Sunshine Coast Trail Guidebook for more detailed information.
About the Sponsor:
The Seasider Bistro is the passport sponsor of the Elk Lake Hut. This restaurant is located at the Beach Gardens Resort in Powell River at 7074 Westminster St. Be sure to stop in there to get the unique Elk Lake Hut passport stamp once you have your photo in hand! To find out more about the Seasider, a nice place to take in a meal while you are in Powell River, click here.