This page has important travel and safety information and current bulletins. Please read if you are a new visitor to Tetrahedron Provincial Park, especially when there's snow on the ground.
Want to know what conditions are like in Tetrahedron Park or on the access road (Sechelt-Gray FSR), or if folks are planning overnight stays in the cabins? There is a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group, and some people post info or travel intentions on Outdoor Reports at Suncoast Central. The club is encouraging Tetrahedron Park users to visit and/or join the Facebook Group (you don't have to be a TOC member and it's a public group so you can see the postings without joining) and this is where the most current info can be found. By joining the FB group you can easily share or ask for info, post photos, communicate with the group or specific members, post outdoor gear for sale, propose trips or events.
Current Bulletins about the Park, Road, Trails, or Cabins
***AS OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 3PM***
The plower has requested that we ask people to please try very hard to spread their tracks out. Apparently water is already starting to run down the single icy rut and is causing damage. He had a tough time making one pass with the plow today and was sliding sideways often, almost ending up in the ditch a number of times. The road has been improved but is very slushy and with the freezing level expected to drop overnight the slush may be ice and/or a combo of an icy crust with slush underneath. The driving will be tricky. He will try again tomorrow to improve things so please watch out for him on the road and make a wide berth or back down or wait. If he has to stop he has a very heavy rig to try to get going again and on a hill it's very, very difficult. Thank you!!
***AS OF THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH***
The road is currently unplowed with much new snow. It is uncertain if the plower will be able to plow for the weekend but any information will be posted as soon as it is known. The FB Group will have the latest info and you don't have to be a member to look at the posts.
Even if the road is plowed CHAINS ARE A MUST.
ALSO, on Family Day weekend Feb 11-13 McNair cabin will likely be busy with cabin stewards, TOC board members and other volunteers. If you choose to head to McNair that weekend expect a full cabin and to be put to work!
***PLOWING OF PARK ACCESS ROAD***
The Tetrahedron Outdoor Club and the volunteer road plower are asking people who use the Tetrahedron Park access road (Sechelt-Gray FSR), especially the plowed section, to please use chains on the way up.
Also, the road may not be plowed for your return trip, so if you intend to travel to the Park you should be prepared to dig yourself out of your parking space and make your way safely down an UNPLOWED road. If you get stuck there is NO CELL COVERAGE anywhere near the parking lot.
***DRIVING TO AND PARKING AT THE LOT OR ON THE ROAD***
Check links above for current information about the road.
Steele Creek (past Edwards on the way to Steele or McNair cabins) is without a bridge but is usually crossable in the winter.
The Chapman Creek bridge (Edwards Cabin to McNair cabin) is damaged but can be crossed with care.
TRAVEL SAFETY, CONDITIONS, WEATHER
IF YOU ARE TRAVELING IN TETRAHEDRON PROVINCIAL PARK YOU SHOULD CARRY A GOOD MAP OF THE AREA, which can be found on the maps page of this website.
THERE IS NO RELIABLE CELL PHONE SERVICE IN TETRAHEDRON PROVINCIAL PARK. There is unreliable service at and above Mt. Steele cabin, and service near the bottom of Sechelt-Gray 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 EXIST IN TETRAHEDRON PROVINCIAL PARK! IF YOU INTEND TO TRAVEL TO EDWARDS OR MT. STEELE CABINS you should know what the current avalanche conditions are and make appropriate decisions. For current avalanche info go to the Canadian Avalanche Association's website and consult both the South Coast and Sea-to-Sky bulletins.
For likely freezing levels, snow, rain, and general conditions forecasts at similar elevations check out the Cypress Mountain 6-day Forecast and the Grouse Mountain webcam (at around 1000m):
WINTER ACCESS TO TETRAHEDRON PROVINCIAL PARK
A generous volunteer plows the road when time and conditions permit.
Sechelt-Gray 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. 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)
The Tetrahedron Outdoor Club presents an annual screening of the Best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival in November as the main club fundraiser.
A huge THANK YOU to this year's local sponsors!!
Alpha Adventures Outdoor Adventure Store
Gibsons Building Supplies
IGA Marketplace (Gibsons & Sechelt)
Sunshine Coast Community Forest
Sunshine Coast Credit Union
SCRD Sustainability Services
Trail Bay Source for Sports
The Hangar Climbing Lounge
Tetrahedron Outdoor Club Thanks the SCRD, Town of Gibson, and the SIGD for Road Maintenance Funding
The TOC acknowledges and appreciates the funding grants received in 2015 from the Sunshine Coast Regional District, Town of Gibsons, and Sechelt Indian Government District, which allowed us to carry out road maintenance on the Sechelt-Gray Forest Service Road. Funding is used for road grading, brushing, and other maintenance work to continue to provide safe access to Mount Richardson and Tetrahedron Provincial Park. (These grants are not used for snow ploughing, or for work within the Park.)
Who We Are...
The club came into existence in the early 1970's, 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.
Batchelor Cabin - Gerry and Ellen Marcotte
Edwards Cabin - Victor Bonaguro and George Smith
Mt. Steele Cabin - Sam Preston and Bryce Rudland
McNair Cabin - Danny Fleischhacker, Melissa Rayfield, Steve Brewis
All executive members, cabin stewards, and the administrator can be reached via email.