Why you should go
Manzanita Hut is located on Manzanita Bluffs on the Gwendoline Hills trail section of the SCT. 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, and a sleeping loft upstairs.
This is the first hut along the SCT, encountered from the start in Desolation Sound. On clear days there are 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. One-and-a-half to two hours from either end of Gwendoline Hills Trail, it makes a great lunchtime destination for day hikers.
How to get there
Drive out from Powell River toward Sarah Point as explained at the beginning of the Gwendoline Hills trail description in the SCT Guidebook. About 2.3 km past Lund, some 300 m beyond the last houses on Sarah Point Road, you will notice Rowe Road (Malaspina Forest Service Road 6106 Br.02) turning off on the right (N 49°59.822′, W 124°45.701′). Red metal markers have been attached to the telephone pole and a nearby wooden sign indicates SCT access.
It’s best to park here, unless you drive a 4×4. Follow FSR 6106 Br.02 southward, keeping an eye out for the occasional red metal markers as you pass a couple of old wood roads. 2 km in you will come to a triangle junction. Take the left fork and hike another km to Spire Trail (N 49°59.870′, W 124°44.444′), which you then must follow uphill to the right. You will come to SCT/Spire Junction (N 49°59.954′, W 124°44.084′) at the edge of a 2010 cutblock. Turn left, and hike 1 km up to Manzanita Hut (N 50°00.147′, W 124°44.382′).
See the Sunshine Coast Trail Guidebook for more detailed information.
About the Sponsor:
Lund Hotel is the passport sponsor of the Manzanita Hut. The hotel is located in the heart of Lund at 1436 Highway 101. Be sure to stop in there to get the unique Manzanita Hut passport stamp once you have your photo in hand! To find out more about the Lund Hotel, a nice place to stay before you start your hike on the SCT, or a luxurious wind-down afterward, click here.