Hiking – Morte Lake-Mud Lake Loop – 9 Nov 2016

 Meeting time changed to 9:00!

Activity Hiking
Destination Morte Lake-Mud Lake Loop
Date 9 Nov 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or norris.weimer@ualberta.ca.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Hike to Morte Lake and back using a short loop of bike trails, starting from the WalCan Rd.  We will follow South Bluffs and Tripod Connector.  This can be extended into a longer hike if the group wants.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:00 10:00
Difficulty
Short with one steep section
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring gear for the weather and maybe a snack.

Hiking – North Gowlland Bike Loop – 2 Nov 2016

 Change of date to Tuesday, Nov 1st

Activity Hiking
Destination North Gowlland Bike Loop
Date 1 Nov, Tuesday, 2 Nov 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will use bike trails, logging roads and a bit of official hiking trail to make this loop on both sides of North Gowlland Road: Marlow’s Road Climb, North Gowlland Trail, Missing Link, Little Black Dress, Back Door, Cash Only and Lady Lumps.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:00
Difficulty
Moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for the weather.

Trip Report – Alternate Morte Lake Loop – 26 Oct 2016

We left from the Morte Lake parking lot thinking that we would follow George’s flagged route up the hill to the bluff south of Chinese Mountain. However, we found that the mountain bike trail, Breakfast Beer, had been completed, so we followed that instead. It’s a steep climb up to good views, at least the views are good if the weather cooperates.

We continued on mountain bike trails, following Ridge Trail, Seven Sins and Nirvana, for more views, and to join up with the official maintained trail around Morte Lake. We took that trail clockwise around the Lake.  We stopped for lunch at the picnic table at the northwest corner of the lake and the water level in the lake is so high it nearly reached the table. We continued along the north bluff and the access trail, turning off on the Dead Fish bike trail to return to the parking lot. These are great trails through beautiful, often open forest. The views, the lake and the fungi were wonderful. We only had occasional light rain during the hike, but it rained hard by the time we returned to Heriot Bay. 10.9 km; 4 hours.

Debbie

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Hike – Alternate Morte Lake Loop – 26 Oct 2016

Trip Report – Mushroom Hike – 12 Oct 2016

A dozen club members and guests enjoyed the sunny if cool weather to check out the mushrooms growing along Community Centre trails. After a brief discussion about how to properly collect specimens, we headed out in two groups to collect as many types of fungi as we could find. We then assembled at Marian McMeekin’s home to eat our packed lunches and spread out our finds for identification. (We also enjoyed two mushroom appetizers – Chanterelles Ajillo (a garlicky spicy treat) and a Chanterelle/Walnut pate).

With the help of Marian and Hanna Lewandowski, several mushroom field guides and the identification program “Matchmaker”, we identified a good number of the specimens found, including several edibles (pine mushrooms, chanterelles, milkcaps and honey mushrooms).   It was an interesting and enjoyable day.

Darcy

Naturalist – Mushroom Hike – 12 Oct 2016

Trip Report – Shellaligan – 19 Oct 2016

Due to the heavy rains recently and the forecast for rain on the day of the trip, we changed the destination of this hike to a mostly flat walk in the forest.  We decided to explore some of the logging roads in the Shellaligan woodlots that are not on the official trail map.

So three of us braved the weather and had a nice walk in the woods.  We made a slightly non-standard loop using a mix of logging roads and trails.  We made a side trip to the bluff at the entrance to Village Bay and the wind and waves were impressive.  We visited the new (replacement) bridge built by the Trails Committee eight days ago and we had lunch on the shore of Village Bay. The rain held off until afternoon, and it was only a sprinkle and the fall colours made it all worthwhile.  8.5 km; 2¾ hours.

Norris

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Trip Report – New Thompson Trail Loop – 5 Oct 2016

We postponed the hike for three hours to take advantage of the improving weather. Starting at the trailhead on Thompson Road, we hiked up the Thompson Trail to the old B&B trail and then to the logging road that crosses the B&B trail. There has been some fairly recent logging along the way. We followed a few logging roads until we joined up with the North Gowlland Harbour trail, which then led us back to the Thompson Trail and back to the cars. The day was mild and the maples were colourful. The slugs were out and about, and the mushrooms are starting to appear. Since it had rained more than 75 mm in 36 hours, there was a lot of water in the creeks and on the trail. 6.8 km; 2½ hours.

Debbie

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Hike – New Thompson Trail Loop – 5 Oct 2016