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.

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  1. Pingback: Trip Photos – Ripple Rock – 19 March 2014 | Quadra Island Outdoor Club

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