New Thompson Trail Loop – 30 December 2014

Activity Hiking
Destination Thompson Trail and new logging road loop
Date 30 December 2014, Tuesday
Trip Coordinator NA
Contact Info please respond to qioutdoorclub@gmail.com
Description We will start along the Thompson Trail, turning briefly onto the B&B trail and then on to the new logging road.  This passes by rocky, mossy bluffs with some views to the north.  After turning onto an old logging road, we will return following the trail to Rousseau Ridge and then re-join the Thompson Trail to make a loop.  About 3 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and warm clothing.  It’s supposed to be sunny and cold.  Hiking poles may be useful but not needed.
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Trip Report – Kay du Bois Loop 17 Dec 2014

At the last minute, the destination was changed for the convenience of the participants. The forecast called for rain, but it held off until later in the day, though the forest was definitely saturated. We started at the entrance to the woodlot on Cape Mudge Rd and walked logging roads until we met up with the trail to the beach. We continued on the trail north along the shore and then up hill at the big sitka spruce tree. We returned to the cars following logging roads. Two hours.

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Morte Lake Loop – 17 Dec 2014

Mt. Washington – 14 January 2015

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington area
Date 14 January 2015, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator TBA
Contact Info qioutdoorclub@gmail.com
Description This trip is dependent on snow and on interest.  If it goes, there will certainly be snowshoeing, but if others want to down-hill or cross country, the group does not have to stay together.  Send an e-mail if you want to go.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry parking lot
Departure Time probably the 9:00 ferry
Difficulty up to you
Costs ferry and shared gas
Trip limits depends on the coordinator and the cars going.
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and warm clothing.

Trip Report – Back Door-Silk Stocking 3 Dec 2014

The group of seven and two dogs hiked a series of mountain biking trails on a cold and mostly clear day. The loop was new to everyone on the trip. We started on North Gowlland Rd and hiked up Cash Only to an old mining site. We continued on Back Door and Silk Stocking through mostly open forest past some interesting old mining operations, complete with old cars and rails. We met up with two mountain bikers who were very gracious about our using their trails.

We stopped for lunch at an open copper mine. Instead of continuing on the planned route over Bite the Bullet and Sam’s Shorty, we backtracked a bit and returned via Little Black Dress. This route was recommended to us and had the advantage of avoiding the logged area and the walk on North Gowlland Rd. Little Black Dress is under construction and in some places only a flagged route. Most of the loop winds through open forest and high bluffs with peekaboo views of Gowlland Harbour, and Vancouver Island and mainland mountains, with quite a bit of up and down. After we joined up with Back Door, we used the old logging/mining road to return to the vehicles. 13 km, 3 3/4 hours.

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Back Door – Silk Stocking Loop – 3 December 2014

Stramberg Old Growth – 7 January 2015

 POSTPONED

Activity Hiking
Destination Stramberg Old Growth
Date 7 January 2015, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or norris.weimer@ualberta.ca
Description We hear that there has been a lot of work on this trail since we hiked it last winter.  This trail begins near Village Bay Lake and follows open meadow leading into and through the forest.  The reward at the end of the hike is a grove of old growth firs.  About 13 km; 4-5 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 9:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and rain gear.  This walk is very wet in places.

Morte Lake Loop – 17 Dec 2014

 This trip was originally scheduled for 17 December, but took place on 7 January

Activity Hiking
Destination Morte Lake Loop
Date 17 December 2014, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info qioutdoorclub@gmail.com
Description This is a classic walk through forest and around the Lake.  There are a number of variations depending on the access route used and the possibility of following unofficial trails on the south ridge.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and rain gear.  This trail can be quite wet in places.

Blindman’s Bluff & Eagle Ridge – 10 Dec 2014

 POSTPONED

Activity Hiking
Destination Blindman’s Bluff & Eagle Ridge
Date 10 December 2014, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator TBA
Contact Info qioutdoorclub@gmail.com
Description These are two short hikes linked by proximity.  The route takes us through open forest over mossy bluffs leading to great views.  About 2 1/2 hours.But we think this trip may not go as scheduled.  There is no volunteer as coordinator and there are gale force winds forecast.  However, if you want to do something on December 10th, respond by e-mail to qioutdoorclub@gmail.com
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and rain gear.  Hiking poles may be useful but not needed.