- Difficulty Intermediate
- Time 2.5 hours
- Round-Trip 5km
- Elevation Gain 360 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 3 hours
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
Mount Daniel is a steep hike on the Sunshine Coast that provides incredible views of the Pender Harbour region. Located in Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park, the trail climbs through the forest to the first peak before descending slightly and heading up to an area near the second peak with several viewpoints.
From the trailhead next to the metal gate along Garden Bay Road, follow the gravel road uphill until you reach a junction. Go left at the junction and continue uphill along the wide road as it begins to level. The gravel road ends and a narrow hiking trail enters the forest. Follow this trail and within a few minutes, the trail begins a very steep ascent.
Continue following the steep trail uphill as you pace yourself in-between breaths. The trail passes a BC Parks sign marking the boundary to Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park. During the spring or after a rainfall, sections of the trail can be like walking through a creek, so be sure to watch your step.
The trail begins to level and you make your way up a section that is not that steep, quickly gaining distance. The trail arrives, at what looks like a junction, and off to the right is the first peak. Walk up onto the rocky peak to take a look, however there is no view as the trees have grown and blocked it.
Return to the trail and follow it down a hill into a gully. The trail begins to ascend again and continues through the forest. It eventually reaches the first view through a clearing in the trees. Walk down to the rocky outcrop for the best view as you look down towards Pender Harbour below.
Most hikers stop at this viewpoint, however the trail continues to another spectacular viewpoint that is close by. Follow the worn path as it wraps around the mountain to another clearing, this one looking southward across Gunboat Bay and east towards the mountains.
After enjoying the views, follow the trail back in the direction that you came, leaving the viewpoints and beginning the descent. After dropping down into the gully, hike back up the hill to the area near the first peak, then go right, following the trail back downhill. As you descend the steep sections, watch your footing on the loose rock. Eventually, the trail rejoins the gravel road. Follow the road back down, going right at the junction and returning to the metal gate where you began your hike.