Want to know what conditions are like in Tetrahedron Park or on the access road (Grey Creek FSR), or if folks are planning overnight stays in the cabins? Many people post info or travel intentions on Outdoor Reports at Suncoast Central. There is also a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group. The club is encouraging all Tetrahedron Park users - club members or not - to join the Facebook Group so they can connect with other Tetrahedron Park users and post questions or info directly on the main news feed.
Current Bulletins about the Park, Road, Trails, or Cabins
Visitors to the cabins and trails please be very mindful of the extremely dry conditions! Do not light a fire in any of the stoves and be very careful with your personal stoves when cooking.
The Chapman Creek Bridge on the route from Edwards Cabin to McNair Cabin is damaged and can only be crossed with caution. However, the creek is almost dry and can be crossed on foot. Repairs are planned for Summer 2015. There is an alternate summer-only access to McNair cabin - please contact the club for more details.
TRAVEL SAFETY, CONDITIONS, WEATHER
IF YOU ARE TRAVELING IN TETRAHEDRON PROVINCIAL PARK YOU SHOULD HAVE A GOOD CONTOUR MAP OF THE AREA, which can be found on the maps page of this website. IF VISIBILITY IS BAD AND YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE STEELE CABIN IS DO NOT GO PAST EDWARDS CABIN. Trail markers in the open rocky area above the forest may be obscured by fog or wind-driven snow, and the trail is usually covered by snow well into July.
IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO MCNAIR CABIN IN THE WINTER DO NOT ATTEMPT IT UNLESS YOU ARE AN EXCELLENT ROUTE FINDER WITH AN APPROPRIATE MAP, COMPASS, AND A SHOVEL. TRAIL MARKERS IN THE MEADOW AND POND AREA BELOW CHAPMAN CREEK ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN AND IN MANY YEARS THE CABIN GETS ENTIRELY BURIED.
THERE IS NO RELIABLE CELL PHONE SERVICE IN TETRAHEDRON PROVINCIAL PARK. There is unreliable service at and above Mt. Steele cabin, and service at the bottom of Grey Creek FSR. Helicopter rescue to this area is highly dependent on weather and visibility. Any emergency rescue would mostly likely be a GROUND RESCUE by volunteers of Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue and MANY hours away.
YES! AVALANCHE HAZARDS EXISTS IN TETRAHEDRON PROVINCIAL PARK! IF YOU INTEND TO TRAVEL TO MT. STEELE you should know what the current avalanche conditions are and make appropriate decisions. High winds create unstable slabs all around Mt. Steele and its interconnecting ridges. A very significant avalanche hazard exists in the west-facing bowl between Mt. Steele and its lesser peak to the southwest.
STICK TO MARKED ROUTES AND AVOID TRAVEL ABOVE EDWARDS CABIN WHEN AVALANCHE HAZARD RATINGS ARE SIGNIFICANT.
For current avalanche info go to the Canadian Avalanche Association's website www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins/latest and consult the SEA-TO-SKY bulletin.
FOR LIKELY WEATHER AND SNOW CONDITIONS AT SIMILAR ELEVATIONS YOU CAN CONSULT INFO FOR THE NORTH SHORE:
Cypress or Mt. Seymour
WINTER ACCESS TO TETRAHEDRON PROVINCIAL PARK
Grey Creek FSR is a gravel Forest Service Road, 11 km long and climbing to ~2500 ft (800m) from sea-level. In the winter IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOUR VEHICLE HAS 4WD, OR IS A HIGHER-CLEARANCE AWD, AND YOU HAVE CHAINS AND KNOW HOW TO USE THEM. A SHOVEL COULD ALSO BE CRITICAL. It is infrequently ploughed in the winter, and the plough may not go right down to the gravel. The road is often icy and rutted, and is narrow and steep in places. What looks like a shoulder may just be a ditch filled with snow.
GENERAL INFO ABOUT THE PARK AND LINKS TO GPS DATA
BC Parks website
Bivouac.com - Tetrahedron page (even if you aren't a paid member you can access GPS coordinates and other data but consider becoming a member for $25 to this GREAT Canadian resource that still has no significant ads on its site)
Contour map with cabin locations and their GPS coordinates
Who We Are...
FOR UPCOMING TRIPS AND EVENTS PLEASE VISIT OUR TRIPS PAGE
The club came into existence in the early 1970s, originally as The Tetrahedron Ski Club. The founding members were mostly employees of Howe Sound Pulp and Paper and began skiing the freshly logged slopes near the mill and later on Mt. Elphinstone. Four log cabins and a network of trails in what eventually would become Tetrahedron Provincial Park were built by mostly volunteer labour in 1987 through a partnership that included the club, local forest industry, and the Ministry of Forests. Today, the club continues to maintain the cabins and trails under a stewardship agreement with BC Parks. The generous work of countless volunteers allows the public to enjoy the vast playground of the Tetrahedron.
The Tetrahedron Outdoor Club presents an annual screening of the Best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival in November as the main club fundraiser.
Tetrahedron Outdoor Club thanks the SCRD and the SIGD for Road Maintenance Funding
The TOC acknowledges and appreciates the funding grants received in 2014 from the Sunshine Coast Regional District and Sechelt Indian Government District, which allowed us to carry out road maintenance on the Grey Creek Forest Service Road. Funding was used for road grading and other maintenance work to continue to provide for safe access to Mount Richardson and Tetrahedron Provincial Park. (These grants are not used for snow ploughing.)
All executive members and administrator can be reached via email.