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    Malaspina Switchback Trail

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    6.9 km
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    233 m
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    The Malaspina Switchback Trail is a 6.9 km out-and-back hiking route in Powell River, BC, that will take you through the forest to a stretch of trail along the Sunshine Coast. Along the hike, you will make your way through a beautiful forest setting, hike alongside the flowing waters of the Powell River, and experience amazing views looking out across the Georgia Strait. With minor elevation gains and scenic coastal views, this is a great trail for hikers of almost every skill level.

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    Route Description for Malaspina Switchback Trail

    Hiking the Malaspina Switchback Trail is a fun adventure that will take you along the beautiful Sunshine Coast for some amazing views over the water while getting some great exercise in the process. The trail sets out from the parking area and heads into a thick stretch of temperate rainforest that is bordered by the Powell River to the south. Follow along the trail as it skirts alongside the river and leads you to a more exposed part of the trail along the coast. As the path turns to the northwest, you will have an amazing sightline that stretches out across the Strait of Georgia towards the Texada and Vancouver islands. When you have reached the end of the trail, make your way back along the same route to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Malaspina Switchback Trail Trailhead

    To reach the Malaspina Switchback trailhead from Powell River, head north on Marine Avenue for km and you will find the trailhead on the left immediately after the bridge crossing.

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