Trip Report – Back Door-Silk Stocking 3 Dec 2014

The group of seven and two dogs hiked a series of mountain biking trails on a cold and mostly clear day. The loop was new to everyone on the trip. We started on North Gowlland Rd and hiked up Cash Only to an old mining site. We continued on Back Door and Silk Stocking through mostly open forest past some interesting old mining operations, complete with old cars and rails. We met up with two mountain bikers who were very gracious about our using their trails.

We stopped for lunch at an open copper mine. Instead of continuing on the planned route over Bite the Bullet and Sam’s Shorty, we backtracked a bit and returned via Little Black Dress. This route was recommended to us and had the advantage of avoiding the logged area and the walk on North Gowlland Rd. Little Black Dress is under construction and in some places only a flagged route. Most of the loop winds through open forest and high bluffs with peekaboo views of Gowlland Harbour, and Vancouver Island and mainland mountains, with quite a bit of up and down. After we joined up with Back Door, we used the old logging/mining road to return to the vehicles. 13 km, 3 3/4 hours.

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Back Door – Silk Stocking Loop – 3 December 2014

Stramberg Old Growth – 7 January 2015

Activity Hiking
Destination Stramberg Old Growth
Date 7 January 2015, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or norris.weimer@ualberta.ca
Description We hear that there has been a lot of work on this trail since we hiked it last winter.  This trail begins near Village Bay Lake and follows open meadow leading into and through the forest.  The reward at the end of the hike is a grove of old growth firs.  About 13 km; 4-5 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 9:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and rain gear.  This walk is very wet in places.

Morte Lake Loop – 17 Dec 2014

Activity Hiking
Destination Morte Lake Loop
Date 17 December 2014, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator TBA
Contact Info qioutdoorclub@gmail.com
Description This is a classic walk through forest and around the Lake.  There are a number of variations depending on the access route used and the possibility of following unofficial trails on the south ridge.There is no volunteer as coordinator yet, but  e-mail to qioutdoorclub@gmail.com if you are interested in this hike.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and rain gear.  This trail can be quite wet in places.

Blindman’s Bluff & Eagle Ridge – 10 Dec 2014

Activity Hiking
Destination Blindman’s Bluff & Eagle Ridge
Date 10 December 2014, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator TBA
Contact Info qioutdoorclub@gmail.com
Description These are two short hikes linked by proximity.  The route takes us through open forest over mossy bluffs leading to great views.  About 2 1/2 hours.

But we think this trip may not go as scheduled.  There is no volunteer as coordinator and there are gale force winds forecast.  However, if you want to do something on December 10th, respond by e-mail to qioutdoorclub@gmail.com

Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and rain gear.  Hiking poles may be useful but not needed.

Trip Report – Shellaligan Loop 29 Nov 2014

Six people and a dog hiked the bigger Shellaligan Loop, beginning at the parking closest to the water, counter-clockwise. It was a beautiful, cold, clear day with a bit of north wind. This hike took us over rocky bluffs with great views and then undulated through forest with some old growth and lovely creeks.  7 km, about three hours.

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Shellalligan Trail – 29 November 2014

Back Door – Silk Stocking Loop – 3 December 2014

Activity Hiking
Destination Back Door – Silk Stocking Loop
Date 3 December 2014, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or norris.weimer@ualberta.ca
Description A pleasant walk in trees and along ridges.

We will explore some of the mountain bike trails south of the WalCan Road,  Starting from the North Gowlland Road, the route follows Cash Only to Back Door, Silk Stocking, the logging road leading to Blindman’s Bluff, Bite the Bullet (which has been affected by logging), and Sam’s Shorty,  There is the possibility that we will have to walk a short distance on the North Gowlland Road.

Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and warm clothing.  It’s supposed to be cold and some parts of the trails may be wet.  Hiking poles may be useful.  About 3 hours.

Shellalligan Trail – 29 November 2014

Activity Hiking
Destination Shellalligan Trail
Date 29 November 2014, Saturday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca
Description We will start along the rocky bluffs overlooking Hoskyn Channel and Village Bay.  After that, there is a choice of return paths, to be decided by the group and the weather.  3 to 6 km, 2 to 4 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and warm clothing.  It’s supposed to be sunny and 3° C.  Hiking poles may be useful but not needed.