Trip Report – Morte Lake Mountain Bike Loop – 17 Oct 2018

Eight of us had a beautiful fall day for this hike through open forest, over panoramic bluffs,  and passing by lovely, calm lakes.  We were in shirt sleeves for this very scenic loop.  We started up the bike trail Morning Beer onto upper Deadfish, stopping to enjoy the view at Seven Sins.  We descended Nirvana to the hiking trail around Morte Lake and stopped for lunch at the east side Morte Lake viewpoint. We ascended the South Bluff trail and followed along Mud and Reed Lakes to the Walcan Road.  We crossed and hiked along Yellow Mud to Jack Rabbit, connecting back to the parking lot.  We enjoyed the great views and the fall foliage.  9.6 km; 4 hours.

Debbie

Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Hiking – Morte Lake Bike Loop -17 Oct 2018

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Hiking – Big Tree Woodlot – 31 Oct 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Big Tree Woodlot
Date 31 Oct 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029 or leshand@gicable.com.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will start at the new sign at Benner’s woodlot. From here we will go via his roads to Open Bay Main and then to Stramberg Lake. Then do a loop back to Village Bay Road. It is about 8 km. We may do another nearby short hike if the group wants more.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot.
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Yes, but no back and forth through the group.
Notes:

Trip Report – North Gowlland Harbour Bike Trail Loop – 10 Oct 2018

Seven hikers and Joey, the dog, enjoyed a three hour hike in the area north and west of North Gowlland Harbour Road. The weather was perfect – mostly sunny with a few clouds and pleasantly cool. Starting at the Cash Only trailhead, we made a grand loop following Backdoor to Silk Stockings where we passed an area recovering from past copper mining and enjoyed views south to Gowlland Harbour.   The lake on the east side of the trail reflected the changing fall colours. From there we dropped down to the Missing Links Road, then paralleled North Gowlland Harbour Road along Bite the Bullet. As we entered John Marlow’s woodlot on the east side of the road, we stopped on the bridge for Les’s pizza and marvelled at the large beaver dam built at the south end of the wetland. Sam’s Shorty trail behind the wetland brought us back to the vehicles. After much rain, the forest and mosses were bright green, punctuated by brilliant yellows of turning maples.  7.3 km.

Janis McLean

Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Hiking – North Gowlland Bike Trail Loop – 10 Oct 2018

Hiking – Rebecca Spit Loop – 24 Oct 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Rebecca Spit Loop
Date 24 October 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg / Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029 or leshand@gicable.com.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description We will visit the Sasquatch and then continue to Paddy’s Lagoon.  We will follow some unofficial trails that loop out and then circle back to the campground.  If we then continue to the end of the Spit, the hike is about 8km.
Meeting Place Rebecca Spit parking lot just past the gate on the right by the water at the south end of the park.
Departure Time 1:00 PM
Difficulty
easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Expect some mud on the way to Paddy’s Lagoon.

Hiking – Morte Lake Bike Trails Loop – 17 Oct 2018

Re-scheduled to 17 Oct

Activity Hiking
Destination Morte Lake loop via Dead Fish
Date 17 24 Oct 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 285-3710;  Please contact the coordinator several days prior to the trip
Description We will start from the Morte Lake parking lot and hike up Morning Beer on the southern ridge.  We will follow mountain bike trails to Seven Sins, then descend on Lost Rider to Reed Lake.  We will cross the road and the creek and continue on Yellow Mud and Jack Rabbit back to the parking lot.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00 A.M.
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay on leash or out front – we may encounter bikes or animals
Notes: Bring lunch.  Expect some steep sections, wet sections, mountain bike trails, and views.

 

 

Hiking – Stramberg Creek and North Grove – 17 Oct 2018

This hike has been postponed.

Activity Hiking
Destination Stramberg Creek and North Grove
Date 17 Oct 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description We will begin at the Main Lakes Park parking access to Stramberg Lake and follow Little Main Road north, paralleling Stramberg Lake and Creek.  We will cross Stramberg Creek and follow a flagged route north of the lake to a grove of old growth trees.  This trip will not go to Stramberg Lake, unless the group wants to make a short side trip.  Expect some bushwhacking and a creek crossing.  If it’s too late in the season to do this creek crossing, we will have a substitute. About 12 km; 4.5 hours without the driving.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot, to arrange carpools
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch, gear appropriate for the weather and maybe rubber boots.

Trip Report – Maud Island – 3 Oct 2018

Twelve hikers thoroughly enjoyed this classic hike through the forest to the bluffs overlooking Seymour Narrows. The big-leaf maples were in their beautiful fall bloom, the moss was brightly coloured after the rains, and the red Oregon Grape highlighted the floor of the forest, along with newly emerging fungi.

Nine hikers chose to go up to the bluffs at Mt. Lolo and three took the lower, more direct path to the viewpoint. Upon arrival at the Seymour Narrows viewpoint, we were all delighted by the sight of a couple of orcas frolicking, a porpoise, and sea lions enjoying some time in the kelp bed below.

Lunch and conversation was enjoyed by all then the return via the Saltwater Lagoon. 10.4 km; 4½ hours.

Sandra

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Hiking – Maud Island – 3 Oct 2018