Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 20 Feb 2019

Six of us had another spectacular snowshoe outing to Rampart Hill.  The snow and sunshine have persisted with the arctic high.  There was a cool breeze, but it was warm in the sun.  We had a few clues about the location of a hut from previous outings, and we thought we would go look for it.  We climbed steeply up the open bluffs above the parking area and enjoyed the great views.  We followed the broken trail, undulating and meandering through the knolls in the open.  We stopped for lunch in a sunny, sheltered spot where we were joined by at least six Canada Jays.  We noticed a number of people visiting the next knoll south of us and decided that must be where the hut was.  So we found it perhaps by luck.  After checking out the hut, we descended to a snow-covered logging road and made a loop back to the vehicles.   4.6 km; 2¼ hours.


Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Snow – Mt. Washington – 20 Feb 2019


Snow – Mt Washington – 20 Feb 2019

This trip was substituted for the Morte Lake hike

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 20 Feb 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info or 3710;  please contact the coordinator as soon as possible in order to arrange carpools
Description  Because of the slippery and variable conditions on Quadra, we will take advantage of the snow and sunshine to return to the Mt. Washington area.  The plan is to snowshoe at Rampart Hill.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry terminal to Campbell River.  Car pools need to be arranged in advance.
Departure Time We will decide on Tuesday night whether we are taking the 9:00 or 10:00 ferry, depending on the expected road conditions Wednesday morning.
Not too hard, not more than three hours
Costs Ferry and shared fuel.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring snowshoes, warm clothing and lunch.


Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 13 Feb 2019

Four of us and a dog snowshoed at Ramparts Hill in deep powder.  For the coast, the quality of the snow was exceptional and the sun was glorious.  There were quite a lot of others out enjoying the day and we had our choice of broken or unbroken routes.  We wandered along the open bluffs facing east with views of Sutil Channel and the mainland mountains.  We tried out some steep descents, ascents and had lunch at the top of a knoll before heading back to the car.   6.1 km; 3 hours.


Thanks to Norris for the photos

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Snow – Mt. Washington – 13 Feb 2019

Hiking – Haskin Farm Trail – 13 March 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Haskin Farm Trail
Date 13 March 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info RSVP to  3710 no later than Sunday and earlier would be better due to the limit of eight people.
Description We will start our walk at 157 Quadra Loop, entering the driveway.  PLEASE take the second road on your right. A short walk through the woods onto the Haskin Trail. We will take a trail eventually coming to the abandoned orchard once part of Haskin Farm. Descending down to the beach with lovely views over Sutil Channel and the outer islands.   This trip is limited to eight people.
Meeting Place 157 Quadra Loop
Departure Time 10:00 am
Difficulty easy
Costs none
Trip limits Eight people
Dogs? No.
Notes: Please try to car pool if possible. On entering 157 Quadra Loop, take second road on your right and please close the gate. I will be outside to meet you. Park near the old truck shed.

Trip Report – Snowden Forest – 6 Feb 2019

Four club members and two guests, one two-legged and one four-legged, enjoyed a beautiful hike through the Snowden Forest on Feb 6, taking some main trails and several mountain bike trails. Starting out the temperature was about -5 but warmed up to just above freezing later in the morning, full sunshine all day. There was a very light skiff of snow in patches and on exposed areas, frequent frost heaves along the trails, ponds were frozen and Riley Lake nearly so, as determined by our four-footed guest.

We were able to access Snowden Forest via the recently re-opened dam road, considerably reducing the driving time. We parked at the Lost Lake parking lot, headed north on Trimac, then around the east side of Lost Lake, cutting off onto Scotty’s which meandered over the bluffs to the north and west of Lost Lake. We then followed Oggie’s, passing by the west side of Riley Lake. Lunch break was on a small open bluff in the snow. We returned via Trimac again. 2.5 hrs walking, 6 km. We noted the trails to the south and west of Riley Lake for further exploration; with the dam road open, access to this extensive and well-maintained trail network is once again quick and easy.

Valerie van Veen

Thanks to  Les and Val for the photos

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Hiking – Snowden Forest – 6 Feb 2019

Trip Report – Blindman’s Bluff – 30 Jan 2019

Seven of us set out for Blindman’s Bluff.  We went in from Lieshman’s Road instead of the regular way on the Copperhead logging road because of the washed out culvert.  The forecast sunshine failed to show up, but the overcast was high enough to give us some peeks at the surrounding mountains.  The moss and lichen were wonderful.  On the way back, the group decided to take the regular trail and look at the washed out culvert, the new and improved beaver dam, which replaces the one that broke, and also visit the copper mine site.  5.3 km; 2¾ hours.


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Hiking – Blindman’s Bluff – 30 Jan 2019

Hiking – Morte Lake Loop – 20 Feb 2019

This trip has been postponed

Activity Hiking
Destination Morte Lake Loop
Date 20 Feb 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info Please contact the coordinator at or 3710.
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.  We can also explore the improved route up the north shore bluff.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Must not run through the group.
Notes: Bring lunch and rain gear.  This trail can be quite wet in places.