Trip Report – Forbidden Plateau Lakes Loop – 17 Aug 2016

Eight of us and a dog hiked the lake loop at Forbidden Plateau. The spectacular scenery was made even more wonderful by the absolutely perfect weather. The day was cloudless. We were worried about the heat, but the breeze and optional swimming kept everyone comfortable.

We hiked the loop counter-clockwise beginning at the Visitor Center and moving through Paradise Meadows up to Helen Mackenzie Lake. We hiked up through the rooty, quite wet and somewhat steep forest to the sub-alpine plateau. We had lunch at Mariwood Lake, where it wasn’t even hot enough for anyone to swim. We visited Kwai, Croteau (stopped for swimming), Lady, Kooso and Battleship (more swimming) Lakes, before descending to Paradise Meadows and the car.

There were some mushroom in the forest and a surprising number of wildflowers still in bloom up on the plateau. It was nearly 30° C on the return to Campbell River, but up on the mountain it was perfect.  18.4 km; 7½ hours.


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Hike – Forbidden Plateau Lakes Loop – 17 Aug 2016

Multi-day Kayaking – Desolation Sound – 14-17 Sept 2016

 This trip is full, but you can contact the Coordinator to be put on the wait list.

Activity Multi-day kayaking
Destination Desolation Sound
Date 14-17 Sept 2016, Wednesday-Saturday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell
Contact Info or 286-6075.  Please contact the coordinator not later than Sept 1.
Description A three-night paddling/camping trip, departing from Cortes Bay on Cortes Island to Curme Islands as base for day trips in Desolation Sound. Departing morning of Wednesday, September 14, returning afternoon of Saturday, September 17.
Meeting Place Ferry terminal at Heriot Bay
Departure Time Be at terminal in plenty of time for 9:05 a.m. ferry departure
Moderate to difficult. Participants must be able to paddle 15-20 kilometres per day with potential for wind and waves.  Must have all necessary safety equipment.
Costs Ferry fare, campsite fees, possible launching fee at Cortes Bay
Trip limits 6 people (maximum 4 tents)
Dogs? no
Notes: Please contact the trip coordinator no later than September 1, 2016 if you’re interested in this trip. Once we know who will be going, we’ll discuss details. Please note that all participants must have training in self-rescue and assisted rescue. If the forecast is for strong winds, we may substitute a 2 night outing to the Lakes, departing Wednesday, September 14, returning Friday, September 16.

Trip Report – Village Bay – 10 Aug 2016

On August 10, five club members and three guests paddled from the beach at Len Road to Village Bay, launching about 10 a.m. The original destination for the day’s trip was Granite Bay/Small Inlet, but a forecast of strong winds suggested we switch to a more protected area. Weather was mainly sunny, with a headwind on the way out, and a corresponding boost on the way back (and a bit of favourable current). We were inspected along the way by some mother seals with pups (as well as gulls, eagles, loons and mergansers). With a lunch break at Village Bay, the trip took 4½ hours with a distance paddled of 16.8 km.


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Kayak – Small Inlet – 10 Aug 2016

Trip Report – Maud Island – 3 Aug 2016

Nine of us walked the trail to Maud Island on a beautiful, warm, summer day.  We arrived at the Ripple Rock viewpoint on Seymour Narrows at the maximum on a flood current of 14.2 knots.  We met a hiking group from Comox on the trail and another group of seven on the trail that day too.  We went out over the Mt. Lolo bluffs and returned by the Salt Water Lagoon.  9.9 km, 4 hours.


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Hike – Maud Island – 3 Aug 2016

Backpacking – Mt. Albert Edward- 28-30 Aug 2016

 Change of date

Activity Backpacking
Destination Mt. Albert Edward
Date 25-27 28-30 Aug 2016, Thursday to Saturday Sunday to Tuesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info or 3710.  Please contact the trip coordinator not later than Thursday, 25 Aug.
Description Three days/two nights hiking and camping in Strathcona Park. Backpack from the Paradise Meadow trailhead to Circlet Lake (10 km) and set up camp on Sunday. Hike up to the Mt. Albert Edward summit and back on Monday (12 km/900 metres elevation gain). This is a truly alpine experience with great views. Tuesday hike out.
Meeting Place Ferry terminal to Campbell River
Departure Time 07:05 ferry
Difficulty Strenuous
Costs Shared fuel and ferry costs, $10/person/night for back country camping
Trip limits Three or four tents
Dogs?  no
Notes: The Circlet Lake campground will be crowded – this is high season. Parts of the trail to Circlet Lake can be muddy. If the weather is not promising, the trip will be postponed or cancelled.

Trip Report – Nugedzi Lakes & Lookouts – 27 July 2016

The nine of us had a perfect day for the hike to Nugedzi Lakes and lookouts. We started a bit earlier to get up the old logging road before the heat of the day. We stopped at a viewpoint just before the end of the old road with great views to the northeast and then continued on to the Lily Pond and the viewpoint looking southeast. We hiked through the ancient forest arriving at Nugedzi Lake in time for lunch and a swim. We continued on to the viewpoints over Discovery Passage and then retraced our steps, making the loop to Little Nugedzi on the return.   We were quite warm and fairly tired when we reached the parking lot, but had a wonderful day.   11.9 km; 6½ hours.


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Hike – Nugedzi – 27 July 2016

Trip Report – Noel’s Pizza Peak – 21 July 2016

Thursday dawned clear with summer in mind, so five of us set out to Noel’s Pizza Lookout. We started up the steep old logging road between the two Chinese Mountain peaks and continued up along the ridge which forms North Chinese Peak following a lovely flagged route.  When the route reached an old Nugedzi logging road we resumed the steep rough hike to the north side of Beech’s Mountain.  From there another flagged route took us to the Noel’s Pizza viewpoint, with great views overlooking Morte Lake and points from south to west to north.  We then took another flagged route to the summit of Beech’s Mountain for more views, including to the east.  From there, the official trail takes us back down the ridge which forms South Chinese Mountain.  8.3 km, 5 hours.


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Hike – Noel’s Pizza Peak – 21 July 2016