The views from Mount Daniel are to die for and well worth the climb. This small mountain is approx. 440 metres (1443 feet) high and takes about 40 minutes to an hour to climb depending on your fitness level (obviously). The distance covered is approx. 3 km each way.
Mount Daniel is also a very special place according to local First Nations' history. There are two legends regarding this mountain. The first is that it was used as a lookout for any threats coming to the village by water or land.
The second is that it was used by the local First Nations' young women to celebrate their "rite of passage" at puberty. Regardless of what the truth is, it is a protected archeological site and you should not disturb or take away anything from the summit.
Here's how to get here:
The image below is interactive. It's a Google Earth gadget that embeds the image of the trail route. You can zoom in and out of it with the zoom bar on the right. You can also use the slider bar to move through the route. It's pretty cool.
Here's the same map, viewed using Mapsource.
This hike doesn't require much direction as there is only the one trail and it is well marked. However, here's the little bit I can tell you:
Once you get back down, if you still need more exercise and more views, you can make your way down the road a little way and hike up Pender Hill. It is short (only about .75 kms each way), not as high (220 metres) and will give you a different perspective and more beautiful views.
Would you like a hard copy of the information from this website?
I have created a paper map and two booklets:
Sunshine Coast Trail Map - a 17" X 22" water-resistant map of all the trails on the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast Trails - a compilation of all of the areas trail descriptions and maps.
Sunshine Coast Hikes and Bikes - some of my favourite routes.