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Tetrahedron Provincial Park, B.C. Canada.
February 03-07, 2010.
Wow what a great hike. John (my hiking partner) and I drove over to Gibson’s and met Pat at Gram’s Pub. We stayed the night at his place. We woke up and had breakfast in Seashelt before heading to the park. After driving for a short while we found the logging road and followed it to the trailhead parking lot. We hiked up the road for a short time before snow was to be found. We put on the snowshoes and hiked to Edwards Cabin. After a lunch break on the trail we found that we had missed the trail marker so we went cross country for a while until we found the trail markers. No one had been this way for about a week or more so there were no tracks to be found. We made it to Edwards Cabin in about three hours. The route in was undulating and crossed a meadow with several wet areas. Bridges were well snow covered and for the most part unusable.
We set up in the cabin and spent the night there. With a wood stove and fire wood we were spoiled, it was also very warm that night what with our winter sleeping bags and all. We slept on the benches and table instead of going upstairs. In the morning we geared up and decided to try for the Mount Steel Cabin. With the fog, sleet, snow, and wind we had a hard time finding the trail markers up to Steel Cabin. Boy it is a short way about 3km but what an uphill climb. Cabin to Cabin 396m (1,299ft). John had a hard time crossing the creek and fell in. We passed about three areas that could have caused problems for us if there had been an avalanche at the time. While looking for a trail marker, the fog lifted and we could see the cabin. We set up shop in the cabin. This one had a thermometer reading -01 c. inside. With a wood stove and wood again we soon had the thermometer reading 18c. This one also had a large pot for melting snow on the wood stove. We sure saved a lot of fuel on this trip. No one joined us here so we relaxed for the night by playing cards. Again a warm sleep, this time upstairs on the second floor.
Dawn and lots of light. With many pics taken we made breakfast and cleared out heading back to Edwards Cabin. It took us 2 hours to the cabin. We feel that one could descend from this cabin and make the parking lot in about 4 -5 hours. At the bridge crossing we met up with a group of 4 people on ski’s making for Steel Cabin. We told them that they were in for a warm cabin on their arrival and wished them well.
Arriving back at Edward Cabin, we again set up shop and enjoyed lunch. After many games of crib we had company for the first time in the cabin. 2 women came in and dumped their packs. They went back out and went for a short hike. With darkness upon us in the cabin the women returned. We sorted out the living arrangements while dinner was cooked. The women cooked their dinner a little later. We all enjoyed the extra light from their gaz lamp.
The ice was broken over dinner and all settled down and relaxed a bit swapping camping adventures. We set up our beds upstairs at one end of the cabin away from the women’s area. 6am came early for us as we packed up had breakfast and left the cabin to the women. Our trip to the trailhead was a fast 2 hours. We loaded up in the truck and were back at Pat’s house by 12 noon. We changed, said our goodbyes, and made our way to the ferry terminal. After 2 ferry trips we were back home at 6pm. A very good time.
Trailhead 837m (2,746ft) Edwards Cabin 1119m (3,671ft), Steel Cabin 1515m (4,970ft). Elevation gain from Trailhead to Edwards Cabin 282m (925ft), Cabin to Cabin 396m (1,299ft). Trailhead to Steel Cabin 678m (2,224ft) overall elevation gain. Mount Steel 1646m (5,400ft)