This page has important travel and safety information and current bulletins about the road and trails.
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 Group and 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
Steele Creek (past Edwards on the way to Steele or McNair cabins) is without a bridge and has often been open this season with high snow banks on both sides. There is a log that can be used VERY CAREFULLY and preferably straddled rather than crossed on skis or snowshoes. Another option is to use shovels to get more snow onto snow bridges in creek and dig steps into and out of the creek bed. This is often a tricky crossing so plan and execute your crossing very carefully. There is also a narrow bridge crossing on the land route to Batchelor that has to be negotiated carefully.
The road was plowed as of March 1st but is icy and CHAINS ARE NECESSARY. Please do not email the club to ask what condition the road is in. Check the Facebook Group for the most recent info on road conditions as reported by recent visitors.
The Chapman Creek bridge (Edwards Cabin to McNair cabin) has been repaired but expect to have to shovel snow off the deck.
VANDALISM AND THEFT AT WINTER PARKING LOT
On at least 2 occasions early in 2017 vehicles parked overnight had been vandalized, or broken into and items stolen. DON'T LEAVE ANY VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!
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.
WINTER ACCESS TO TETRAHEDRON PROVINCIAL PARK
*****The road has not been plowed during the 2017-18 season. Check the Facebook Group for the most recent info on road conditions. Please do not email the club to ask what the road conditions are.*****
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.
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.
FREEZING LEVELS, SNOW, RAIN, WIND AND GENERAL CONDITIONS FORECASTS:
Cypress Mountain 6-day Forecast
NEW weather station in the Tetrahedron with hourly data on temps, snow, rain, wind, etc.
Mt. Strachan weather station (Cypress, 1420m)
GENERAL INFO ABOUT THE PARK AND LINKS TO GPS DATA
BC Parks website
The Tetrahedron Outdoor Club presents an annual screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in November as the main club fundraiser.
A huge THANK YOU to this year's local sponsors!!
Aether Environmental Education
Alpha Adventures Outdoor Adventure Store
Gibsons Building Supplies
The Hangar Climbing Lounge
Sunshine Coast Community Forest
Sunshine Coast Credit Union
SCRD Sustainability Services
Trail Bay Source for Sports
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 plowing, 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, later on Mt. Elphinstone, and then finally in the Tetrahedron Plateau. Four log cabins and a network of trails in what eventually would become Tetrahedron Provincial Park were built by mostly volunteer labour in 1987 - close to 300 people - 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 playground of the Tetrahedron.
President: Michel Frenette
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.