Trip Report – B&B Trail Loop – 3 Feb 2016

Despite the gloomy forecast for a blustery rainy day, five hikers set out on the Thompson Trail from the Thompson Road trailhead, then branched off to the first marked viewpoint. Although the Coast Mountains were hidden due to the weather, there was still a good view to the east over the islands. From the viewpoint, we followed the open mossy ridge downhill to a forested trail which connected to the B&B Trail. This trail was named for two now defunct Bed and Breakfast establishments in the vicinity of Harper Graham’s corner on Hyacinthe Bay Road, where the trail begins. We turned left (south) on the B&B Trail to an unmarked junction where we branched off on a side trail to the right (north), which led us uphill to a bluff above Hyacinthe Bay Road. We climbed west to the top of the ridge (153 meters altitude which is slightly higher than the Hopespring viewpoints) over mossy open bluffs.   At the top we had a panoramic ocean view to the east and southeast, and forests to the west and south, well worth the effort. We returned on the side trail to the B&B unmarked junction and turned right to carry on uphill (south).   For a good part of its length, the B&B Trail overlooks a rushing stream set in a deep gully. At the Thompson Trail junction we turned left (east) and hiked back to Thompson Road. Total hiking time was approximately 2.5 hours, including time for photos and taking in the views. Hiking level moderately difficult over bluff sections.

Janis

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Hiking – B&B Trail – 3 Feb 2016

Trip Report – WalCan Rd Loop – 27 Jan 2016

The trip to Mt. Washington was cancelled because conditions were too wet, warm and windy, so four of us braved the forecast rain for a hike. We started at the Morte Lake parking lot and Janis lead us along Lower and Upper Dead Fish through lovely open forest to the rocky bluffs. We continued down Seven Sins and Ridge Trails to the Mud Lake Trail. We crossed the WalCan road and followed Yellow Mud and Jack Rabbit for the return to the parking lot. There was lots of water in the streams and a bit on the trails. The weather was more atmospheric than serious rain and we were glad we went.  6.7 km; 2 hours.

Debbie

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Trip Report – Shellaligan Loop – 20 Jan 2016

Seven of us, and two dogs, hiked the shorter Shellaligan loop. The weather wasn’t perfect, but it avoided the snow at the north end of the island and rain that was forecast for the afternoon. The views along Hoskyn Channel are always beautiful in any weather. After climbing back up from the beach, we made a side trip down the longer loop trail along the creek and shore to a rocky point for a great snack with Les’ smoked salmon. It’s too bad about the deteriorating aquaculture floats resulting in garbage and styrofoam beads on the shore in Village Bay. A gentle walk – 2¼ hours, 4.7 km.

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Hiking – Shellaligan Loop – 20 Jan 2016

Hiking – B&B Trail – 3 Feb 2016

Activity Hiking
Destination B&B Trail and beyond
Date 3 February 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 285-3614; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description This hike will be on trails, both maintained and unmaintained, and on routes.  The plan is to venture beyond the trail to Eileen’s lookout, with an excellent view.  The hike can be further extended depending on the group.
Meeting Place Thompson trailhead
Departure Time 9:30 am
Difficulty
moderate
Costs  none
Trip limits  8
Dogs? yes
Notes: Be prepared for wet.  Bring a snack or even lunch.

 

Snow – Mt Washington – 10 Feb 2016

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 10 Feb 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator QIOC
Contact Info qioutdoorclub@gmail.com;  please e-mail by Sunday night
Description Activities and destination will depend on the interests of the group.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry terminal to Campbell River.  Car pools should be arranged in advance.
Departure Time 9:00 ferry to Campbell River.  Those taking cars need to be early enough to get on the 9:00 ferry.
Difficulty
Up to the group.
Costs Ferry and shared fuel.  Snowshoe pass is $8; Cross-country ski pass is $21 or $16 over 65.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.

 

Hiking – Maud Island – 13 Feb 2016

Activity Hiking
Destination Maud Island
Date 13 Feb 2016, Saturday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029;  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description Hike to Maud Island to view Seymour Narrows at 12 knot ebb tide at 11:50. We will go over Mt. Lolo going and the lower route coming back. Total distanced is about 10.5 km.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling
Departure Time  9:30
Difficulty
 moderate
Costs  none
Trip limits  none
Dogs? No.  The narrow and steep sections of this trail make it dangerous to bring dogs.
Notes:  Bring a lunch to eat at the narrows.

Hiking – Shellaligan Pass – 20 Jan 2016

Activity Hiking
Destination Shellaligan Pass
Date 20 January 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Mark and Kathryn
Contact Info 250-285-2103; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description Due to snow at Granite Bay we will change the destination from Deepwater Bay to Shellaligan.  This is a lovely walk along rocky bluffs and through forest.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay grocery store
Departure Time 10:00 am
Difficulty
Suitable for most
Costs
Trip limits 10
Dogs? If well behaved
Notes: Be prepared for wet. Bring a snack.