Triangle Lake trail – Sunshine Coast

Triangle Lake trail – Sunshine Coast

Triangle Lake trail full of mushrooms A couple of weeks ago Marc and I took a mini holiday to the Sunshine Coast. We did several walks (as always) but the hike to Triangle Lake was the most interesting. Well, although this hike is one of the 105 hikes, it was a little less impressive than most of those hikes. However, although the scenery wasn’t particularly epic the forest floor was covered in mushrooms. Marc and I have never seen such a huge variety of fungi on one walk! We made the most of it, and spent lots of time searching for the mushrooms and taking photos of them all.

Triangle Lake trail – the basics

Distance: 8 km (both ways)
Elevation gain
: 185m
Highest Point: 210m
Time:  3 hours (It took us 4 hours, but we were going super slow for photos!)
What to bring:
Waterproof clothes! Camera (if you like mushrooms)
The ten essentials
There is a loo at the beach, before you get started.
Yep, but they need to stay on a lead.
How hard is it?
Super easy!

Triangle Lake trail map

Sunshine Coast – getting there

You need to take a ferry to reach the Sunshine Coast. It is about 40 minutes from Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay to Langdale. From there, you just need to drive along the sunshine coast highway. Once you’ve driven through Sechelt, you need to turn off on Redrooffs road to reach Sargeant Bay Regional Park. There is a road down to a car park by the beach, but it is not on google maps, so you’ll just have to trust me that it is there.

Triangle Lake trail – getting started

Once you’ve found the car park at the beach, follow the path back up to Redrooffs road. Cross the road, and then continue to follow the path North into the forest. When we were there is was soggy but beautiful.

Teeny tiny mushrooms

We found quite a few teeny tiny mushrooms. I have no idea what they are, but it is fun to spot them in the moss.

Polypores – bracket mushrooms

There were quite a few trees that were covered in bracket mushrooms. We found a whole range of colours and shapes of them.

Some of them take over whole tree trunks.

These peach coloured polypores look amazing when I crouched below them and looked up at the light shining through them.

Purple mushroom

Again, I have no idea what this mushroom is, but isn’t it pretty!? The top of the mushroom had a slight purple colour, but it was even more pronounced when I crouched down for a closer look.

Honey mushrooms

I might be wrong, but I think I found a bunch of honey mushrooms too.

Giant mushroom

You can’t really tell from photos, but there was such a variety of sizes of these mushrooms. This one was so large that its weight made it fall over onto its side. It was bigger than my face!

Trident mushrooms

I have no idea what these are actually called, but I call them trident mushrooms. They look like a mixture of tiny tridents or pitch forks! I have never seen anything like these.

Gorgeous walk through the forest

After seeing all these fungi, we realised that we had spent an hour in the forest, but we’d walked for less than one kilometer. Oops. So we sped up a little and only stopped when we spotted really remarkable fungi.

Huge Artist’s Conk

Some of the polypores stay on the trees for years, growing larger and larger. This one was huge (about the size of both my hands.) When we went on a wild mushroom foraging tour last month, we were told the dew on these is really tasty if you lick it. This one was really high up the tree though, so I couldn’t get near it.

I love the look of these conks too. The first photo was another massive fungi. The second photo shows older conks that had died and then had moss grow all over them.

Different trees = different fungi

One area of the forest was full of evergreen trees. So the fungi we spotted looked quite different again.

Lion’s Mane

This was a few meters away from the two mushrooms above. It’s one of my favourites because it looks so fluffy and beautiful. We’ve found this a few times on the North Shore of Vancouver. Isn’t it gorgeous.

Mossy Carpet

The scenery changed again in the next part of the walk. The floor was now covered in moss and lichen. This meant the mushrooms all changed again.

I loved these three fungi. They made their own teeny forest view.


We also found quite a few of these puffball mushrooms. These are the ones that are like marshmallows to start with, then they dry out and fill with spores. If you squish them, they’ll poof and spew out their spores into the surrounding forest.

Triangle Lake

We’d sped up by now, and made it up to triangle lake. I hate to say it, as normally I love high points and lake views, but triangle lake itself was not particularly impressive. It’s a bit of a bog, rather than a lake. Still, there is a pretty, moss-covered path around it.

This was the next frilly mushroom on our walk around triangle lake. It looks like as the mushroom ages, it folds up upon itself.

Crazy mold

Marc thinks these cool little fellas aren’t fungi, but some sort of mold. Whatever they are, I love the bright colour!!

How bright can mushrooms get!?

These last couple of bright mushrooms were the last couple that we spotted on our way home. I think the first one is witches butter. I have no idea what the orange spindly fungi are!

Sargeant Bay

The walk back to Sargeant Bay was a lot faster than our slow meander up the triangle lake trail. The light was starting to fade, so we couldn’t really take more fungi photos! We made it back to the beach just in time to see the sky turn pink and pretty. We also had a gorgeous far-off view of Mount Baker, framed by the islands just off the Sunshine Coast.

Hiking on the sunshine coast is quite different to the other walks we’ve done in the Pacific North West. There is minimal elevation gain, so these hikes are easier, but they are still beautiful. We also explored:

  • Smugglers Cove
  • Mount Daniel

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40 thoughts on “Triangle Lake trail – Sunshine Coast

  1. Wow – lots of really neat mushrooms that’s for sure. I love those bright yellow and purple ones. Nature sure has some amazing things.

    Again, thanks for sharing. You have such great adventures.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. It was. Well, the walk wasn’t that impressive, so I’m not sure i’d want to come back when there are no fungi….but it’s great for autumn.

    1. It was a pretty amazing day for fungi. All of these were right next to the trail (or just a couple of steps off into the forest) We didn’t even have to look far!

      We didn’t want to go off the trail once it became mossy, as it might have killed the moss…

  2. Those are fascinating fungi pics. I’ve just been to an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s fungi drawings. They are works of art from a purely aesthetic viewpoint, but they are also very accurate botanical drawings. Potter was a gifted amateur mycologist who gained some important insights into the true nature of lichens. Sadly her ideas were dismissed at the time by a director of Kew Gardens, who had little time for women or amateurs.

    Had he been more sympathetic, I suppose, the world might have been deprived of Peter Rabbit and friends, but many of her ideas have since been proven right.

    Just seeing the wealth of different forms in your photos is wonderful. My friend signed up for what he thought was s mushroom foraging course. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a mycology field study. He quickly realised he might be burnt as a heretic if he proposed picking and cooking any specimens!

    Thanks. Really enjoyed this.

    1. George, this comment made my day!

      I had no idea Beatrix Potter was into Mycology (as well as all the other kick-ass things about her!) I would love that kind of exhibition! Is it permanent, or a temporary moving exhibition?

      Hehehe when we went on a foraging tour, half the people were just there to find out what they can eat, and half were just interested in seeing all the cool fungi. I just like to spot them…but if we ever remember to bring a basket, I wouldn’t mind harvesting some too. <3

    1. Me too! Although there is another Island hike I’d like to do that really is a fairyland. Apparently loads of the trees have fairy doors! I’ll make it there at some point! 😀

    1. Don’t worry! I don’t think the Sunshine Coast is very famous, unless you live near Vancouver. I’d never heard of any of these places until I started researching fun things to do on long weekends(!)

  3. This seems like a cute little trail in Vancouver! I love that there’s an abundance of mushrooms because that makes this trailhead unique. Would you recommend hiking boots for this trail or would sneakers be adequate enough? Wasn’t sure how steep the trail might be. Thanks!

    1. We saw a few other people in sneakers, so I think you’d be fine with normal footwear. I’m always happiest in walking boots, as I don’t mind if they get muddy. This was a pretty soggy trail…so you’d just have to be prepared to get your shoes a little dirty…

  4. What an absolutely lovely photo essay! Seeing puffballs brought childhood memories back. In my dialect we call those something that translates as “wolf’s fart” 😀 I was so excited to find them dried as a kid, only to step on them and, well, make the “wolf” “fart” 😀 I haven’t seen them in years, I don’t think you can find them in Sweden, where I live now. But as a kid I loved them!

    1. Squeeeee! I had no idea they are called wolf farts! That makes me so happy.

      I’d never seen them growing up in Europe, but now I know what to look out for, we keep finding them! <3

    1. Thank you! It was a really nice bay area. Plus, you can get to that part of the hike with no effort at all! 😀

  5. Neat! I’m also an avid hiker from the Pacific Northwest and always on the lookout for new places to explore. I’ll add this one to the list!

    1. Oooh do you have a blog too Unicorn? I am always happy to follow other hiking enthusiasts!! Let me know your blog address and I’ll take a peek. <3

  6. I did a few hikes in the Sunshine Coast when I visited, but nothing quite like this! I can’t believe you saw all these different types of mushrooms in just one hike! How fascinating.

    1. Oooh where did you go Brianna? I’d like to go back and walk near Mount Steele…is that the area you walked in? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. So many beautiful fungi – I never realized they came in so many colors! It’s nice that you take the time while hiking to enjoy the surroundings! Looks like a nice trail!

  8. Oh what beautiful mushrooms you spotted on a nice hike 🙂 I am not a hiker but love to explore the forests, they present so many photography opportunities. I have never seen so many different type & colours in mushroom, and I love this completely. It might not be as scenic as others, but it has beauty in a different perspective though 🙂

    1. Same! Well…I like hiking too, but sometimes it is lovely to take things slowly and have fun exploring the forests. <3

  9. Wow what a detailed introduction!! You’ve put so much effort into it. I would love to one day learn how to forage and know what is edible and what to stay clear of!

    1. Thanks Nicky!

      Heh. The main effort for this post was choosing which photos to post! We found *even more* mushrooms…but my blog would be way too long is I post them all!

  10. I’ve wondered about that walk – we’ve been to the beach at Sargent Bay but it began to rain before we could explore any further, plus we had to dash for the ferry. The fungi certainly make it more fun 🙂

    1. Yeah, I’m not sure if I’d recommend it at a non-fungi-filled time of year. The walk wasn’t as interesting as most of the other 105 hikes…at least until we started searching for mushrooms!

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