Trip Report – Eagle Ridge – 28 Sept 2016

Five of us hiked to Eagle Ridge on a beautiful, warm, clear fall day.  We walked down to the beaver pond, hiked through the forest and up onto the mossy, rocky bluffs to great views of the wetlands and Discovery Passage.  It was still early, so we hiked out to Blindman’s Bluff for lunch.  It was quite warm and the views were great in all directions.  We had the trails all to ourselves.  5.6 km; 3 hours.

Debbie

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Hike – Eagle Ridge – 28 Sept 2016

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Hike – Alternate Morte Lake Loop – 26 Oct 2016

 Change of meeting time to 9:30!

Activity Hiking
Destination Morte Lake loop via Dead Fish
Date 26 Oct 2016, 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 Access Morte Lake using George’s flagged route up to and along the southern ridge, mountain bike trails to Dead Fish, and then either back along the bike routes or clockwise around the lake.  What we do will depend on the group and the weather.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30 10:00 A.M.
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay on leash – we may encounter bikes or animals
Notes: Bring lunch.  Expect some steep sections, wet sections, flagged routes, mountain bike trails, sandy beaches and views.

 

 

Hike – Mt. Sweat – 19 Oct 2016

Change of destination and meeting time

Activity Hiking
Destination Shellaligan Pass Mt. Sweat
Date 19 Oct 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or norris.weimer@ualberta.ca.  Please contact the coordinator several days in advance of the trip.
Description Due to the rainy forecast, we will hike one of the Shellaligan Pass loops.  The original plan was to approach Mt. Sweat from flagged routes leaving from Kolker Main.  However, Heather Kellerhals generously offered to have the hike leave from her property.  This would be a longer and more interesting trip.  We will continue from Mt. Sweat to Kolker Main for those that want to know how to access it from there.  This is fairly weather dependent, as this is a view hike.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30 10:00
Difficulty
Easy Moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay no
Notes: Bring lunch and rain gear.

Hike – New Thompson Trail Loop – 5 Oct 2016

 Change of meeting time to 1:00

Activity Hiking
Destination Thompson Trail and new logging road loop
Date 5 Oct 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator several days before the trip.
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.  If the weather is poor we will do the more standard Hope Spring-Thompson Trail Loop.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 1:00 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?  okay
Notes: Bring lunch.

Trip Report – Main Lake – 21 Sept 2016

Three kayaks toured Main Lake to appreciate the last day of official summer and it was a perfect day, with sunshine, warm but not hot, a light breeze and very clear water. Very peaceful and only a few other people there to enjoy it.  12.1 km; 4½ hours.

Norris

Kayak – Main Lake – 21 Sept 2016

Trip Report – Desolation Sound – 14-16 Sept 2016

Our paddling trip got off to a slightly rocky start with an overload on the 9:05 ferry to Cortes and a further delay on the next sailing. Eventually, however, we launched at Squirrel Cove about 1:30 and headed for the Curme Islands. We were a bit anxious about finding camping space as two commercial outfitters had trips in the same week and we knew that the Curmes are a popular destination. Fortunately, East Curme was ‘vacant’ and, with four tent pads and a comfortable kitchen area, was exactly right for our group. After supper and a dramatic moonrise, we headed for our tents and set out the next morning for Prideaux Haven. The weather was perfect, calm and sunny and we had a lovely paddle to Laura Cove where we stopped for lunch, and then explored Prideaux Haven and Melanie Cove, returning to camp about 3:30. We faced some patchy headwinds in the afternoon – very localized (apparently to wherever we were paddling). After a short tea and rest break, four of the group headed over to Tenedos Bay for a “tour de Tenedos”. The moon was even brighter on Thursday evening despite some light cloud cover.

We had hoped to stay out until Saturday, but the forecast promised rain and wind, so we packed up Friday morning for the return trip, arriving at Squirrel Cove about 15 minutes before the rain started in earnest. Fortunately, the ferry back was not crowded, and we easily caught the 1:50 to Quadra.

All in all, a short but very enjoyable trip. Over the two half days and one full day, we paddled 54.5 kilometres.

Darcy

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Multi-day Kayaking – Desolation Sound – 14-16 Sept 2016

Hike – Eagle Ridge – 28 Sept 2016

 Meeting time changed to 9:30. 

Activity Hiking
Destination Eagle Ridge
Date 28 Sept 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description This might be the least hiked trail in the official Trail Map.  It includes wetlands, rocky bluffs and great views of Discovery Passage
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30 10:00
Difficulty easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay
Notes: Bring lunch and poles, if you use them.