Trip Report – Haskin’s Farm Loop – 11 Jan 2017

 

We had a beautiful, sunny, cold day for this hike to Haskin’s Farm. We had planned for a simple walk due to snow and ice on trails and roads. However, conditions near sea level were quite good. Seven of us improvised a bit on the plan. We started on the logging road which parallels the Haskin’s Farm Trail, making a nice alley through impressive trees, but skipping the farm. We visited the short Todd’s Loop Trail (a memorial to Todd Scharf), passing through a varied forest, and then continued on to the shoreline viewpoint. Everyone admired the view of Sutil Channel and mainland mountains, soaked up sunshine and warmth before continuing on the unofficial trail heading north along the shore to some excellent old growth Fir. We skirted the private homes and walked up to the golf course for some walking in open spaces with sunshine. 6.4 km; 2 hours.

Debbie

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Hiking – Haskin’s Farm Loop – 11 Jan 2017

Trip Report – Mt Washington – 4 Jan 2017

We had a perfect winter day for our trip to the Mt. Washington area. It was cold and clear, but warmer on the hill than on Quadra. The ferry crossing was beautiful and there were Orca for added entertainment. We snowshoed from Rampart Hill and arrived early enough that it was not too busy. The 10 of us started up the logging road, taking the route climbing up to the views of the Strait of Georgia and mainland mountains. The scenery was awesome and we’re pretty sure that we could see Mt. Baker faintly to the southeast. The snow had been beautifully sculpted in places, but was mostly very light and powdery still. We gradually worked our way toward Rampart Creek, stopping for lunch in the open sunshine before climbing up to a distinctive steep bluff. We then downclimbed a steep slope with small trees and returned to the logging road to take us back to the vehicles. We passed only a few others on snowshoes and some of them were from Quadra. Altogether a beautiful day. 6.0 km ; 3½ hours.

Debbie

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Snow – Mt Washington 4 Jan 2017

Snow – Mt Washington – 8 Feb 2017

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 8 February 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator QIOC
Contact Info qioutdoorclub@gmail.com;  please e-mail by Sunday night
Description We are planning to snowshoe, but other activities are possible if enough people and vehicles want to go.  We will probably go to the Paradise Meadow area.
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, shared fuel and the activity pass, if we go to the prepared trails.  The snowshoe day pass is $10; Cross-country ski pass is $22 or $18 for seniors.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington to a maximum of 12
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.

 

Hiking – Paddy’s Lagoon – 25 Jan 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Paddy’s Lagoon
Date 25 January, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or norris.weimer@ualberta.ca.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description This is a modest hike, due to the forecast wintry weather.  If the prospects improve we may be able to substitute a more ambitious hike.  We will probably walk to the memorial and continue on to the beach shack returning to Rebecca Spit to extend the walk.
Meeting Place Rebecca Spit parking lot at the gate.
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Short and easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay
Notes: Probably no lunch is necessary

Hiking – Haskins Farm Loop – 11 Jan 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Haskins Farm Loop
Date 11 January, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description This is a modest hike, due to the forecast poor weather.  If the prospects improve we may be able to substitute a more ambitious hike.  We will walk down the logging road, turn into Todd’s Loop continue on to the beach and return by the official trail.
Meeting Place Haskins Farm trailhead at the corner of Heriot Bay and Smith Rd
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Short and easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay
Notes: Probably no lunch is necessary

Hiking – Salmon Pt to Oyster River & Lunch – 18 Jan 2017

 POSTPONED due to weather.

Alternative hike today:  meet at the Heriot Bay parking lot at 10:30.  Destination to be decided there.

Activity Hiking and lunch
Destination Salmon Point to Oyster River
Date 18 January, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029.  Please contact the coordinator at least two days prior to the trip.
Description This is a hike from Salmon Point Resort to Oyster River and is about 5 km return. We will have lunch at the resort before or after the walk. The decision will be made closer to the date in consideration of the weather and what the people who call prefer.
Meeting Place Q Cove ferry terminal
Departure Time 11:00
Difficulty
Easy
Costs Ferry and lunch
Trip limits none
Dogs? Yes, but must be under control
Notes: Must be at 11 ferry early enough for car pooling.

Trip Report – Granite Bay Rd Jct – 30 Dec 2016

Ten enthusiastic hikers set out on a beautiful winter day. We walked two short loops, a bit like a figure of eight. We started on the trail along Open Bay Creek where there was quite a bit of snow and many puddles, but great views of the creek in a fairly open forest. We followed the flagged route up to the second logging road and returned to the vehicles. We then started down icy Open Bay Main, turning up the second mountain bike trail and following that up a fairly steep trail to the Granite Bay Rd. We had lunch at the logging road leading to the recently harvested cut block and then took the Crikey Creek mountain bike trail back to Open Bay Main. We enjoyed the sunshine, each other and the great variety in this small area.  6km; 2¼ hours.

Debbie

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Hike – Granite Bay Rd Jct – 30 Dec 2016