Trip Report – Thompson-B&B Trail Loop – 15 Mar 2017

Six hikers and two dogs, Joe and Luna, enjoyed a three and a half hour hike on a loop which was new to most of the group. The weather was cloudy and mild with no rain. Starting at the Thompson trailhead, we hiked to the first viewpoint and proceeded on a route north down the ridge, dropped off the ridge at the big moss-covered maple tree and continued on a route through the forest to the old B&B trail. We turned up the B&B trail, hiking along the pretty bedrock stream as far as the logging road crossing. The group walked down this road towards North Gowlland Harbour Road. We saw one rough-skinned newt on the road, and more in the water-filled quarry. Not far past the quarry we turned south on a fairly new bike trail leading towards Rousseau Ridge. After climbing the ridge, we took a break to enjoy the view and have lunch. Our return route followed the Gowlland Harbour trail, then the Thompson trail back to the vehicles.


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Hiking – Thompson & B&B Trails Loop – 15 Mar 2017

Trip Report – Eagle Ridge and Beyond – 8 Mar 2017

Despite the forecasts for bad weather Wednesday, the weather cleared just long enough for ten of us to do this hike. The sun even made a brief appearance. The slushy snow from Tuesday was still on the ground so the walking was a bit wet and a bit slippery. We hiked passed the wetland and up to the top of the Eagle Ridge trail with great views to the west. We took an alternate route down, using an unlikely easy route through an otherwise impossible and impressive cliff band. Then we switched to the next ridge to the north and followed mossy, open ridges up to a local summit for lunch. Then we gradually descended the ridge to the east to an overgrown logging road, which provided a good way down to the bigger logging road and easy walking for a loop back to the cars. 4.9km; 2¾ hours.


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Hiking – Eagle Ridge and Beyond – 8 Mar 2017

Trip Report – Kay du Bois Loop – 1 Mar 2017


Four of us had a leisurely walk along the Kay du Bois Loop.  We followed the path along the coast, climbed the hill and hiked Fox Main and descended by the steep, unofficial trail back to the big Sitka Spruce.  The loop was new to many on the trip.  About 1 1/2 hours.


Hiking – Kay du Bois-Fox Main Loop – 1 Mar 2017

Trip Report – Maud Island – 25 Feb 2017

It was a bright sunny day, although a chilly -2 C, as ten of us headed out to Maud Island. We went the lower route to be on time for the maximum tide. We found the tide to be near slack though, as I had read the wrong chart. Sorry. We did enjoy a snack though in bright sunshine and even saw a sea-lion. The return was via Mt. Lolo. We stopped at an open area to have lunch and enjoy the view. The total time was 4 1/2 hours and about 10.5 km.


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Hiking – Maud Island – 25 Feb 2017

Snow – Mt Washington – 29 March 2017

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 29 March 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Lynda Van der Minne
Contact Info 250-285-2231 or;  please contact the coordinator by Sunday night
Description This will be a late season snowshoe trip to Mt. Washington, probably to Paradise Meadows.
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.
Costs Ferry, shared fuel and the trail pass.  The snowshoe day pass is $10 or $28 if you rent equipment.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.


Trip Report – Bluffs West of N Gowlland Rd – 22 Feb 2017

The trip Wednesday was a partly off-trail adventure over some classic Quadra scenery – open moss-covered ridges, with views from along the top of cliffs on those ridges.  Seven of us took advantage of the sunny, almost-Spring day.  From the active quarry on the NW side of North Gowlland Road, we followed the open ridges to the high point near the Little Black Dress mountain bike trail.  From there we opted to do a loop of mountain bike trails including Little Black Dress, Silk Stocking and Back Door.  We descended back to North Gowlland Road on a partially developed trail.  7.6 km; 3¾ hours.


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Hiking – Bluffs West of N Gowlland Rd – 22 Feb 2017

Multi-day Hiking – Linnaea Farm, Cortes – 15-18 May 2017

 This trip is FULL, but you can contact the coordinator to be on the wait list.

Activity Four days of hiking
Destination Linnaea Farm, Cortes Island
Date 15-18 May 2017, Monday to Thursday
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info or phone 250.285.2393; commitment for this trip needs to be made by March 13.
Description Planning four days of hiking on beautiful Cortes Island, staying at Linnaea Farm House. This is an eight bedroom rustic farmhouse, on the edge of Gunflint Lake at the gateway to many of the hiking trails on Cortes. This is an active farm & was once the residence of the farmers who ran ‘Lakeview Dairy’, the last raw milk in B.C.
Many beautiful trails on Cortes, Green Mountain, Easter Bluff, K’Was Park, Sisken Forest Park, Carrington Trails etc. The schedule of trails will be developed presented daily with your input. This year we want to spend one day in K’Was Park, we always ran out of time. Pot-luck dinners will be organized, using the farmhouse kitchen. Please check:
Meeting Place Heriot Bay ferry line-up for Cortes
Departure Time 9:05 am sailing, be early in case of overload.
Difficulty  Easy to Moderate.
Cost Ferry costs plus shared fuel.  $35/night if you bring your own sleeping bag or linen; $50/night if Linnaea supplies the linens.
Trip limits Eight bedrooms.  Deadline booking is 13 March 2017.
Dogs? No. Dogs are not allowed on the farm.
Notes: Everyone is responsible for their own daily breakfasts & lunch, pot luck dinner teams to be organized.
Car-pooling will be organized.
Looking forward to once again hiking on beautiful Cortes Island.