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    Appleton Creek Trail

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    7.9 km
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    243 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Appleton Creek Trail is a 7.9 km out-and-back hiking route north of Powell River that follows a portion of the Sunshine Coast Trail from the trailhead on Tomkinson Road to the edge of Rieveley’s Pond. Along the trail, you will hike through a beautiful forest atmosphere, pass by a small cascading waterfall, and experience the tranquil shores of the small lake. If you are looking to spend a few nights in the area, try booking a spot in the charming Rieveley Pond Hut.

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    Route Description for Appleton Creek Trail

    Hiking the Appleton Creek Trail is a great family-friendly adventure that will allow you to experience the natural beauty of the backcountry areas along the Sunshine Coast. The trail sets out from the side of Tomkinson Road and immediately heads into a heavily forested area. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Pacific Temperate Rainforest, as you cross over streams and pass by countless ferns that blanket the lush forest floor. After passing by a small and charming waterfall, you will arrive at the calm waters of Rieverley’s Pond. Take some time to enjoy this quaint area in the forest before heading back along the same route to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Appleton Creek Trail Trailhead

    To reach the Appleton Creek Trail from Powell River, drive north along Marine Avenue for 13.2 km and turn right on Wilde Road. Continue on for 1.2 km and make a right on Tomkinson Road. After 4.7 km, you will find the trailhead on the left.

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      Out and back

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