Hikers do have to be aware, however, of two things: For me, these two factors did not dampen my enthusiasm or enjoyment for this trail. Dirt roads (mostly for logging or recreational use) do criss cross across the local landscape and the path does weave in and out of populated areas, Some sections of the trail do route through or close to working forests. A slightly anti-climatic end it may have been but the sun was shining (hooray!) We’ve always found gas prices to be higher in Powell River too, sometimes up to 10c/l higher than Comox or Sechelt. In terms of difficulty, the Sunshine Coast Trail is not technically hard. It is possible to fly to Powell River from Vancouver on Pacific Coastal Airlines. 0. Squamish To Sunshine Coast Trail Society. As well as food, you can inquire about bag storage. Yep, it really is an old courthouse, but is completely renovated and each room has a unique theme. 5K likes. Although you can turn up and pay cash to the driver, it is a good idea to secure a seat with an online reservation. SUNSHINE COAST TRAIL (CANADA) (2021) Evènement Je serais présent . We met a day hiker on the old logging railway section and chatted for a while. The simple answer to this question is that it’s about keeping participants safe, which is our number one priority. There are no bridges connecting the Sunshine Coast to the rest of the British Columbia. Sunshine Coast trails are located in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The path weaves along and away from the coast, also featuring lakes, waterfalls, old growth tree groves, creeks, working forests, mountain peaks and panoramic viewpoints. It’s even more impressive in the rain. Here, the elevation could finally be appreciated. 9,8 K J’aime. There wasn’t a soul to be seen so we had the hut to ourselves through the stormy night. The Sunshine Coast Trail is a colossal, local, grass-roots achievement that took decades to grow from dream to reality. We took 2 ferries from Vancouver to get to Powell River where we staged for the hike. The path weaves along and away from the coast, also featuring lakes, waterfalls, old growth tree groves, creeks, working forests, mountain peaks and panoramic viewpoints. Where there is no outhouse or composting toilet, Sarah Point, the SCT’s northern terminus, can be reached by water as well as dirt 4X4 road. The Sunshine Coast Trail Guidebook by Eagle Walz is a step-by-step description of all the trails that make up the SCT. Inland Lake West, Anthony Island and Fiddlehead Landing huts are all located slightly off the main trail route. It’s a must-have if you’re going to hike the SCT. Hikers also have the option to park their vehicle in surrounding communities, either in paid parking lots or outside businesses (with prior permission). There’s nothing like a refreshing swim after a hot day of hiking, afterall! An equipment check will be carried out at registration and on the start line. I soon felt glad of that easy section around the lake, as the path ascended up through the dense rainforest. There are also many day hike options on the SCT , especially if you have two vehicles available (or use a shuttle service). The Sunshine Coast Trail is Canada’s longest hut to hut hiking trail. Trails were selected because they are shorter, wider, flatter, and more even than the average mountain trail. I’ve written the following advice with multi-day and thru-hikers in mind, but day hikers will find a lot of relevant information here too. Winterized huts have a pellet stove, which look like a traditional wood stove but work more like a furnace. There are so many amazing things to do in this area, especially if you love the outdoors as much as we do. The second ferry, from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay, is a slightly longer journey at 50 minutes. We have since completed other sections of the trail and have repeated many other sections closer to St. John’s since that time and will continue to do as long as we can. gtag('config', 'UA-43280157-1'); Thick moss shined with raindrops and mushrooms seemed to sprout from everywhere (I’ve never seen so many varieties). It is available in paper format at Tourism Powell River. The sunrise is as epic as we hoped and worth every single second of waiting. We are Jean Robert and Gemma, a British-Canadian couple who love to explore beyond the beaten path by foot, road and paddle. The Sunshine Coast Trail traverses a wide variety of landscapes, from coastal shorelines, along creeks and lakes, through old growth forests to panoramic mountaintops. We also find the Sunshine Coast to be relatively quiet and undiscovered, despite being so close to both Vancouver and Vancouver Island. The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 180km (with around 6000m total elevation gain) hiking route from Sarah Point to Saltery Bay, travelling through both public and private lands. Some SCT thru-hikers primarily use campsites, others use both huts and campsites, and a few exit the trail at convenient points (Townsite, Lang Bay) to seek accommodation. We are always looking for people to come and help out with trail maintenance, building projects, and for people who are interested in behind-the-scenes work like marketing, publicity and organizing events. "If you want a good workout in a beautiful natural surrounding, and want to see gorgeous views of the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland then I would highly recommend tackling this walk." Your own choice for parking will depend on your hiking plans and level of desired security. A map of the Sunshine Coast Trail can be picked up at the Powell River Visitor Information Centre. Jesse from the Sunshine Coast Shuttle picked us up and took us to our starting point on Inland Lake. It is exhilarating to watch, especially if any kayakers are trying to surf the waves! Since the trail goes up and down, start in good condition. Though steep in places, we moved fast through Suicide Pass and Smokey’s Blue Ridge. Really! We were firmly socked in. This is a very hut focused itinerary. "This is easily the most physically challenging walk I’ve done on the Coast and I’ve done a … The Sunshine Coast Trail isn’t the only world class attraction on the Sunshine Coast! Magnificent views abound, even on slightly misty days. Queensland Happy tourism starts from Trip. The rain was on and off, offering teasing, misty views at ‘Vomit Vista’ and heavy showers during lunch at Fiddlehead Farm (thankfully, there’s a shelter). Another paid campground is located in Inland Lake Provincial Park. Raise a glass to. Terrain: Moderate to strenuous. Viewpoints passed with little to see, until we reach the ‘Walt Hilton’ emergency shelter at kilometre `120.5. Although still relatively early, we were happy to put down our packs and settle in for the afternoon. I was carrying my tent as I’d seen online that the huts were closed due to COVID-19. We love sharing these experiences to inspire and help others to do the same. 53 likes. www.sunshine-coast-trails.com provides trail maps and descriptions for the lower Sunshine Coast of British Columbia in order to promote and celebrate our natural world. First visiting the area back in 2014, the Sunshine Coast Trail has been on our radar ever since. English program here. BCTransit operates a limited year round service along the South Coast (Langdale to Half Moon Bay) and also on the North Coast (Lund to Powell River, Lang Bay and also to Saltery Bay on request). On the upside, the views were open, the skies sunny and we were able to dry out our souls a little. In this context, that means active or dedicated logging areas, Rieveley Pond to Haywire Bay camping (24km) or Townsite, Powell River for resupply (18km), Townsite, Powell River or Haywire Bay to Confederation Lake (23/17km), Confederation Lake to Tin Hat Mountain (14km), Tin Hat Mountain to Elk Lake (20km or 13km if you take shorter route like we did), Sarah Point to Powell River, staying at Manzanita and Rieveley Pond huts (3 days, 50km), Inland Lake to Lang Bay, staying at Confederation Lake, Tin Hat, Elk Lake, Walt Hill (5 days, 62/70km), Fiddlehead Landing to Lang Bay, staying at Tin Hat, Elk Lake, Walt Hill (4 days, 56km), Lang Bay to Saltery Bay, staying at Golden Stanley, Mount Troubridge, Rainy Day Lake (3 days, 43km), Manzanita – Partially open with closed sleeping loft, kilometre 16, Rieveley Pond – Partially open with closed sleeping loft, kilometre 33, Inland Lake West – Small closed hut, kilometre 65, Anthony Island (Inland Lake) – Small closed hut, kilometre 67, Confederation Lake – Fully enclosed, winterized hut, kilometre 74, Fiddlehead Landing – Partially open with closed sleeping loft, kilometre 81, Tin Hat Mountain – Fully enclosed and winterized, kilometre 90, Elk Lake – Partially open with closed sleeping loft, kilometre 110, Walt Hill – Fully enclosed and winterized, kilometre 123, Golden Stanley – Partially open with closed sleeping loft, kilometre 145, Mount Troubridge – Mid-sized, fully enclosed and winterized, kilometre 158, Mount Troubridge Emergency – Small and insulated, kilometre 159, Rainy Day Lake – Partially open, kilometre 169, Fairview Bay – Fully enclosed, kilometre 173. Unsecured parking lots can be found on the Sunshine Coast Trail maps on the official website here (marked in blue). The 80km distance is twisty in parts and takes about 80 minutes to drive comfortably. The rocky path led through saddening clear cuts. For free camping, check out Lois Lake Recreation Site. Canada’s longest ‘hut-to-hut’ trail, there are 14 cosy shelters located along the SCT, plus additional camping opportunities. Sarah Point to Wednesday Lake and on to Lund Approximately 6.5 hours, one way Most huts accommodate around 10-12 people in the main enclosed sleeping area. In addition to the orange blazes, there are numerous wooden directional signs, kilometre markers and SCT maps at trailheads. Accessible only via boat or helicopter, Princess Louisa Inlet is one of the most beautiful places I have been anywhere in the world. According to the Sunshine Coast Trail website. A BC Ferries Experience card offers discounts on all three of these routes. Ocean landscape. The powerful tide changes cause huge waves and whirlpools to form in the Narrows. I waited for JR near the top, snapping a couple of photos of the view and yelled down that he should hurry. Since I was the only person there, I moved in. Suggestions above are based on my own experience and research plus recommendations in hut log books. A Guide to Hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail, British Columbia The Sunshine Coast Trail is an incredible 180km hut-to-hut hiking route in south-west British Columbia, Canada. The next morning, we wake at 6am with plenty of hope. It has huts for shared public use (you don't have to carry a tent), and weaves through o Last September, we finally made it back to hike what is often called the most difficult section of the trail – Inland Lake to Lang Bay, taking in Tin Hat Mountain, Elk Lake and Walt Hill (62km total). Canoeing. This section will tell you everything you need to know about planning your adventure. Section maps are available on the Sunshine Coast Trail website here. Thanks for the memories, SCT – we’ll be back to finish soon. We hiked from Inland Lake to Lang Bay in mid September and saw only one hiker (out on a short walk) over six days on trail. Sunshine Coast Trail . There is a locally owned gear store called Powell River Outdoors. To put it simply, the Sunshine Coast Trail traverses the ‘upper’ (or ‘North Coast’) portion of the Sunshine Coast only, from Sarah Point in the north to Saltery Bay in the south. Mosquitoes are more of an issue in spring and early summer, so keep that in mind if you’re sensitive to biting bugs. After meeting zero hikers on the trail, I wish we’d brought our. The path was narrow in places and the overgrown foliage dripped even more raindrops onto us. Black bears are more commonly seen than grizzly bears. Navi… There is no registration or hiking fee required to use the Sunshine Coast Trail, nor a charge for using the huts or wilderness campsites. After checking out the Anthony Island hut (small, but I’m sure very welcome after a long hike), we started the climb up to Confederation Lake. Here is an example of what a typical SCT thru-hike may look like a reasonably fit hiker (comfortable with walking up to 8 hours a day with a full pack) who wants to stay in the huts as much as possible. A perfect sunny day on the SCT. Once on the Sunshine Coast, one main road (Highway 101) links all major communities. * For full directions and descriptions of these trails, see The Sunshine Coast Trail guidebook, by Eagle Walz, available online or at Tourism Powell River (on Joyce Avenue) or Breakwater Books in Powell River (on the corner of Marine Avenue and Alberni Street). Townsite Brewing is also conveniently located just across the street. Eagle Walz, co-founder and architect of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast Trail, discusses the construction of Canada's longest hut-to-hut hiking trail. I still feel it is important to mention this to properly set expectations of perspective Sunshine Coast Trail hikers. This is the best outdoor adventure vacation value in North America! If you have some flexibility, you could just make it up as you go. What are you waiting for? Inspired to go hiking on the Sunshine Coast Trail? We are building a hiking/biking trail from Squamish to the Sunshine Coast. For thru-hikers or groups with only one vehicle, there are other solutions: The Sunshine Coast Trail may well be the best signed path we have ever hiked. With days of rain already, the streams and waterfalls were bursting with water and the soaked ground was almost bouncy in places. Sunshine Coast Trail, Powell River. Covid19 update – While the SCT itself is open, the huts are currently closed. Come join us on our adventures! It has 22 vehicle accessible campsites. Oct 25 – Golden Stanley to Mt Troubridge hut (km 158) Mt Troubridge is the highest point on the Sunshine Coast Trail. The real challenge of the day came in the last 1.5km with the hill to end all hills. This is an excellent guidebook that will remain in my library forever. With the rain returning with a vengeance, we spent much of the next day back in the clouds. I feel so much better informed! Discover our new online Adventure Sunshine Coast tool that makes it easier to find inspiration and information on kayaking and canoeing trails in the Sunshine Coast.. Quickly filter over 20 Sunshine Coast canoeing and kayaking trips by location, waterway, distance, conditions and other criteria to find the paddle experience that's right for you. On return to Powell River, hikers then go to each corresponding business and receive a unique stamp. We also passed some lovely camping areas, perfect for thru-hikers looking to escape the huts during the busier months. Choose between resorts, motels, cottages, campgrounds, guesthouses and even oceanside Airbnbs. Assistance, equipment, expertise and funds have been donated by many other local businesses and community members as well as provincial organisations. We found rainwater barrels outside both Tin Hat and Walt Hill huts. The path is established, well marked and easy to follow. Don’t forget to watch for whales! Lakes and creeks. The 360 degree views we were promised were gone, just like that. Most impressive along this section were the huge fallen trees (see example below) and logging artifacts. Most hikers walk some 10 to 15 km per day. The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 180-kilometre back country hiking experience that stretches from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay. Our final day was mostly downhill, an almost literal comedown. Completed in 2000, the Sunshine Coast Trail is continually being improved today, with the most recent hut (Confederation Lake) being built in 2016. We were sad to leave the beauty of Tin Hat but our food supplies were now on the low side. For this reason, it would be almost impossible for me to list all of the possible combinations. Dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 16–18, 2015 Details: Travel along the entire Sunshine Coast Highway and visit local artists at work. Due to the rugged nature of the British Columbia coastline (fjords, inlets and mountains et al), the Sunshine Coast is accessible only via air and boat. It took almost 24 hours (and plenty of Yahtzee) for the cloud dissipates some. Other supply points on the SCT are Lund (bakery, pub, restaurant), Townsite (brewery, restaurants, convenience store) and Lang Bay (convenience store, pizza). The trail is located on the Upper Sunshine Coast in Powell River, British Columbia. The challenging aspects for most hikers will be the meandering terrain (lots of ups and downs), long distances and slippery/muddy surfaces during or after rain. Experience 180 kilometers of hiking adventure on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. 1. It winds through both rural and town areas and has some winding sections near Earls Cove. The trail stretches 180 km from the Saltery Bay ferry terminal in the south to Sarah Point in the Desolation Sound Marine Park in the north. We have been noodling the idea of hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail for two years, and have been hindered by the dearth of online information on the trail. Click here for a … That evening, we took stock of our food supplies and hatched a plan. Here’s a quick breakdown of each SCT hut: All huts have outhouses or composting toilets nearby. All are free to use and operate on a first come, first serve system. Thank you for this genuinely impressive article! Ferry times vary depending on the season and don’t necessarily line up. See also. The day passed better than I imagined, however. If you liked this post, PIN or save it for future reference with the below images! The Sunshine Coast Trail runs from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound, across Powell River, and down to Saltery Bay. Sunshine Coast Trail Challenge. There has been a lot of trail building going on! The upturned dirt surrounding the tracks implies that the bear was probably startled and ran off in a hurry. This means that we may receive a small percentage sales made through these links at no extra cost to you. For the most part, it is a two lane highway. We picked a handful or two and started calling out for bears in earnest. The Sunshine Coast itself stretches further, with the ‘lower’ section comprising Earls Cove to Langdale. Most of these rustic campsites have outhouses, picnic table and a water source nearby. At a minimum, these have a relatively small but cleared area suitable for backpacking tents. Not familiar with the concept of the Sunshine Coast at all? There are paid parking lots in Lund, Mowat Bay, Powell River Government Marina, the Shinglemill Pub and the Lang Bay Store. Programme en français ici : à venir. 555 likes. Click here for a larger version. The ferry journey time is 90 minutes but is very convenient as it arrives at the Sunshine Coast Trail’s main supply town. The initial aim, was to build a long distance hiking trail that would link the remaining old growth in the area. The craft drinks scene is thriving on the Sunshine Coast, with four breweries, two distilleries and a cidery. I completed 190 km of the East Coast Trail in 9 days in 2009 along with my wife and two hiking friends. There are lots of great places to stop for a swim — many of them noted in the Sunshine Coast Trail guidebook. It's rugged terrain and includes about 22,000… My research before this trip indicated that the section from Tin Hat to Marsh Lake via Lewis Lake isn’t particularly interesting. As Event Organisers we are often asked why ‘Compulsory Equipment’ is included as part of some of our events. One half of the Canadian/British couple behind Off Track Travel, Gemma is happiest when hiking on the trail or planning the next big travel adventure. In theory you don’t need to camp. This map, created in 2012, accurately depicts the Sunshine Coast Trail, and the placement of the huts/camping spots along the trail. Mountain bike lovers will love this! 170 km / 6,000 m total elevation gain, multi day trail event self-sufficient style. We have provided a fair amount of information about each trail to help you decide which trails are best suited for you. The strangest sight had to be a tea party along the trail. Along the trail are campsites. A step-by-step description of the entire trail can be found in Eagle Walz’s Sunshine Coast Trail guidebook, as well as trailhead directions and elevation breakdown. This makes for some awesome scenery. Yep, that’s an initial loss of 450m and a gain of 1000m elevation without even taking into account the meandering nature of the trail in general! We are able to see a foggy, yet atmospheric sunset from the Tin Hat summit, with glimpses of the promised lakes below. Sunshine Coast Art Crawl. There is space around each hut for tents, useful if the hut is full or for hikers who prefer more privacy. The lower elevation sections, particularly Sarah Point to Inland Lake, can be comfortably hiked almost all year round. Disclosure – We visited the Sunshine Coast with the assistance of Sunshine Coast Tourism. It soon becomes clear that the cloud wasn’t going away anytime soon. It is also possible to organise a supply drop with Sunshine Coast Shuttles. Hiking between Confederation Lake and Tin Hat Mountain isn’t a great distance but the elevation is intimidating. The building manager lives next door (the house to the immediate north of the lot) and accepts donations for parking. and a portion of fish and chips were calling our name. Trip.com introduces detailedly Sunshine Coast travel guides of 2020, where large number of Sunshine Coast attractions in 9 are collected, and tourists can find travel guidebook regarding popular scenic spots, popular cities, travel lines, food and most popular destinations. We purchased our copy at Tailwind Books in Sechelt. If budget is a concern, I’d recommend joining the, If this is your first multi-day hike, I cannot emphasize enough to practice first and find, We were unsure how busy the SCT would be in September so brought our tent with us. Off Track Travel is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Some of these free campsites are vehicle accessible Recreational Sites. Our instincts were proven right as we discover very fresh bear tracks around one of the blind corners. What is the best Sunshine Coast travel guidebook? No problem. Sunshine Coast Trails. This magnificent fjord features huge granite walls and ends with a thundering waterfall. The Sunshine Coast Trail website is a great resource with maps, information about the trails, huts, and how to get Powell River/Sunshine Coast. And what a well built and maintained hut it was, with an incredibly pretty outlook of the still lake. We had to climb over some trees brought down by the storm, very close to a logging operation. Credit: Kelly Funk Photography, Sunshine Coast Tourism. Another one of a kind attraction on the Sunshine Coast is the tidal rapids at Skookumchuck Narrows. Slowly at first, but then the steep switchbacks arrive. The Final Agreement treaty, in effect from 2016, included 8,323 hectares of settlement land, some of which the Sunshine Coast Trail travels through. The 14 shared use huts are free and are filled on a first come, first served basis. setTimeout("gtag('event', 'No Bounce', { 'event_category' : 'Adjusted Bounce' })",180000); The Sunshine Coast Trail is an incredible 180km hut-to-hut hiking route in south-west British Columbia, Canada. They can be a bit tricky to start, operate using pellets only (bring your own to guarantee stock) and require constant attention. The busiest time on the trail seems to be mid May to August. Had the weather been better, we may have camped on the tiny wooden platform right in front of it all. We chose to park our vehicle at the Lang Bay Community Hall. Sometimes, even more frequently. A stream heralded the start of the end, said to be around 3km from the hut itself. The Sunshine Coast Connector operates a seasonal service run between Langdale and Powell River with some stops along the route. Another day at Tin Hat was simply not an option. With the weather warming up faster on the coast, the SCT is a popular spring destination when other multi-day hiking routes are still snowed in. The trail is a hut to hut system about 110 miles long. Prior to this point on the SCT, the blueberry season had been and gone. Confederation and Tin Hat huts have basements (the latter with a rock floor) that can provide extra sleeping room when necessary. Both ferry routes are operated by BC Ferries and accept vehicles of all sizes as well as bikes and pedestrians. Even on the Sunshine Coast itself, there can be little confusion about where the Sunshine Coast Trail actually is. That small section was enough to get Glaspey hooked on trail building. Lots of challenging uphill and downhill, exposed roots and rocks, and dense forest. It provides hikers with the opportunity to experience Powell River’s breathtaking back country with its rich fauna and flora. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. There are 12 huts along the trail (and at least one emergency shelter) spaced approximately a day’s walk apart. One of these is Haywire Bay Regional Park. Once all stamps are collected, the Visitor Centre will issue you a SCT Certificate of Completion! Hey there! The SCT is marked on both the Maps.me (we used this one) and Hiking Project apps. Within 30 seconds of our arrival to the Tin Hat Mountain hut, we were swallowed by a giant cloud. The Sunshine Coast Trail isn’t just for hikers; it’s a wildlife route too. The Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada is surrounded by ocean and covered with forests, mountains and lakes. function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} The climb was tiring in places but the glint of Confederation Lake didn’t take too long to appear. I love the tremendous amount of info that you’ve packed into this article. The trail itself is marked with bright orange diamond blazes, appearing every five metres or so. 4.9K likes. The map below shows a closer view of the Fairview section of the SCT. Where noted as ‘partially open,’ there is a covered seating area and closed sleeping loft. ... (Canada) in august 2021 : Canada's longest hut to hut hiking trail. The day continued as awesome as it started, with wall-to-wall blue skies. This post written and published in February 2020. Please bring all of the compulsory equipment with you w… I thru-hiked the Sunshine Coast Trail in British Columbia in August of 2018 with my lovely hiking partner, NEMO. Post-lunch, the foliage became mossier, the bridges slipperier and the mushrooms even more numerous. Surrounded by mountain peaks, with low clouds blanketing the ground, it felt like we were on top of the world. We stopped at one of the picnic areas for a while to try and slow things down a little and take in the last of our Sunshine Coast Trail experience. The section we did (Inland Lake to Walt Hill) has the most elevation and is generally considered to be the most difficult physically. And then, the climbing begins. ** This is not a completed trail and is very rough in spots ** The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 180-kilometre back country hiking experience that stretches from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay. Now you can make donations to PRPAWS or pay your PRPAWS membership dues using PayPal: All website content © 2020 Powell River Parks & Wilderness Society (PAWS)  |  WordPress theme by. As well as the huts, there are designated camping areas along the trail. But the hut was open after all. Impressive pit toilet. We gathered water, not knowing yet that there would be a filled-to-bursting rainwater barrel at the top. Though the trail maintenance is excellent overall (better than any other backpacking trail we’ve ever been on in BC), be prepared for downed trees on the trail after storms. It felt never ending at times, not helped by the red kilometre markers disappearing for a time. With the SCT being intersected by logging roads in numerous places, there are many access points besides Sarah Point and Saltery Bay. The land on which the trail sits is the traditional territory of the Tla’amin Nation, one of the tribes of the northern Coast Salish. Our plans changed a little, as you’ll discover in our trip report below. From our finishing point at kilometre 134, we needed to walk 2km along the (wide) Dixon Road to Highway 101 and then a very short 100m stretch north to get back to the hall. Alternatively, you can also present the photos at the Visitor Centre and get a generic stamp for each hut. As well as tent campsites and showers (extra $2), this campground has a reservable cabin available for $50/night. With the help of the BOMB Squad (the Bloody Old Men’s Brigade), the volunteer run PRPAWS continues to maintain and enhance the SCT and huts. Snowcapped mountains. 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