Trip Photos – Stramberg Trees 12 Feb 2014

The weather was great for the walk to the Stramberg big trees.  The forest in general, and the old growth trees in particular, were a pleasure.  It’s a long, but rewarding walk, as long as you don’t mind full forest, minimal trail and serious route finding.  Allow at least two hours each way and allow some extra time for getting lost.  13 km round trip.

The trail can be divided into three sections.  From the start, the small parking area on the left just before Village Bay Lake, take the path which starts along the stream; don’t take the gravel road which goes uphill to a gate. The hike begins on a good trail along the edge of a very open forest with marshes and ponds on the left. There was good sunlight with the maple leaves gone.  Keep going past an abandoned cabin with old fencing.  At the end of this section the path gets smaller and passes by a mossy rock overlook of a pond.

Section two. From here the path gradually turns north and enters into Main Lakes Provincial Park.  The trail is flagged except for some parts where a flat, wet area is full of fallen trees. For those taking it in the summer, it might be hard to find because of salal growth.   There is one trail junction.  Left is flagged and might lead to Stramberg Lake after a stream crossing. Right, the trail follows the east side of a stream, but on a bank or old roadbed which keeps it out of the wet.  For us, the trail had some snow cover.  The trail is a bit overgrown in places, until it becomes heavy bush and it is no longer possible to follow the old road.  At this point we had lunch at a sunny opening at a creek.

Section three. Where the trail seems to end, look left for an easy place to jump over the stream.  There was no flagging for this turn.  The trail then goes up the hill a bit to a more open forest and the big trees.  For a trail that has not been maintained in some time, there is less brush and blow-down than you might expect. The route is mostly well flagged, but there are a number of places where it would be easy to get lost.  GPS and map highly recommended, preferably already loaded with a route to follow.

Hiking Stramberg Trees 12 Feb 2014

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Hiking – Ripple Rock 19 Mar 2014

Activity hiking
Destination Ripple Rock Trail, Campbell River
Date Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info Margot @ 250.285.2393. margotw@uniserve.com

Please contact the coordinator in advance.

Description Ripple Rock Trail near Campbell River is a 1½ to 2 hour walk (one way) leading to the Seymour Narrows lookout and views across to Quadra and Maud Islands.

The marked trailhead is 15.5 km north of Campbell River with a parking pull-off on the east side of the highway

Meeting Place Quadra Ferry Line-Up/Parking Area
Departure Time 10:00 AM ferry
Difficulty
I can do it, you can do it.
Costs Ferry Cost/Car-pool cost.
Trip limits none
Dogs? Yes
Notes: 4 hours.  Bring lunch to be eaten on the bluff.

Be aware that it is important to lock your vehicle & not leave valuable items in your vehicle.

The trail is 8 km long, with an easy to moderate grade to Menzies Bay and a steep section to Wilfred Point. It passes through areas that were logged about 70 years ago and now have Douglas fir, red alder, broadleaf maple and western hemlock.

On the east side of Menzies Creek the trail passes through two small patches of old growth with 300-year-old Sitka spruce and Douglas-fir. There are good viewpoints along the trail and a nice sandy beach at Nymphe Cove.

Midway between the lookout and Maud Island is the site of the infamous Ripple Rock, two menacing rock pinnacles whose summits used to provide only a few metres clearance at low tide.

This notorious marine hazard wrecked dozens of ships and claimed 114 lives, resulting in a project to destroy Ripple Rock by blowing it to pieces. In 1958, the largest man-made, non-nuclear explosion in history reduced the rock by 370,000 tonnes to create a clearance of 13 m.

Trip Photos – Rousseau Ridge – 1 Jan 2014

Not every trip has fantastic weather, but often it’s worth going anyway.  This trip did not have a predetermined destination.  The decision in the parking lot was to go to Rousseau Ridge from the North Gowlland Road side.  This is a short walk to a rocky bluff with great views of Discovery Passage, when it’s clear.  There is a bit of scrambling to get to the top.  It didn’t even rain.

Hiking Quadra 1 Jan 2014

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Here’s a link to a nice photo on a nicer day (5 Jan 2011)
http://www.pbase.com/henryimages/image/131627675

Here’s a link to a trail description
http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Heriots-Ridge-near-Campbell-River-BC-3072

Hiking Maud Island 31 Mar 2014

Activity hiking
Destination Maud Island
Date Monday, 31 March 2014
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029
Description Hike to Maud Island to view Seymour Narrows at 14.1 knot flood tide at 3:33 pm
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 1:00 PM
Difficulty
Easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Are welcome as long as they will stay by you.  Wolves are a possibility.
Notes: Please let me know at least two days prior if you will be going.

Bring a snack and water.  The hike will take approximately four hours.

Trip Photos – Maud Island – 16 Jan 2014

The weather was foggy with a bit of drizzle but warm for January.  From Mt. Lolo we had a good view of Menzies Bay but not much further.  While stopping for lunch on the cliffs of Maud Island we were able to watch sea lions below.  The round trip took four hours.

Hiking Maud Island 16 Jan 2014

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