Snow – Mt Washington – 4 Jan 2017

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 4 Jan 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator QIOC
Contact Info;  please e-mail by Sunday night
Description We are planning to snowshoe, but other activities are possible if enough people and vehicles want to go.  Conditions are good at Mt. Washington with most of the Nordic area open
Meeting Place Quadra ferry terminal to Campbell River.  Car pools should be arranged in advance.
Departure Time 9:00 ferry to Campbell River.  Those taking cars need to be early enough to get on the 9:00 ferry.
Up to the group.
Costs Ferry, shared fuel and the activity pass, if we go to the prepared trails.  The snowshoe day pass is $10; Cross-country ski pass is $22 or $18 for seniors.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington to a maximum of 12
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.



Trip Report – Mt Washington – 6 Dec 2016

The weather was absolutely fabulous for our first snowshoeing trip of the year. Even the ferry ride was beautiful. The four of us snowshoed from Rampart Hill, following broken trail on the old logging roads and untracked slopes on the open and sunny bluffs. We had light, dry snow on top of very compact snow, so the conditions were good. The views of mainland and Vancouver Island mountains were wonderful.

We worked our way south, stopping for lunch with a Whiskey Jack, dropping down into the steep gully and returning in a loop to the parked car. Although the trail was quiet, it was very busy at Rampart Hill chain-up area, with people snowshoeing, snowmobiling, children sledding, and an enthusiastic husky team pulling a sled. 5.2 km; 2¾ hours.


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Snow – Mt Washington 7 Dec 2016

Hiking – Granite Bay Rd Jct Area – 30 Dec 2016

Activity Hiking
Destination Granite Bay Rd Jct area
Date 30 December, Friday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description There are lots of possibilities in the area, so we can choose based on the weather and conditions.  We might hike the trail along Open Bay Creek, or the logging roads east of Beaver Lake or the mountain bike trails nearby.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store parking lot for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Probably easy, but who knows?
Costs none
Trip limits none
Notes: Bring a lunch and gear for the weather.

Trip Report – Heriot Ridge Route – 30 Nov 2016

Six hikers and Luna dog enjoyed a two and a half hour hike on one of our best weather days this fall.  The trip was delayed until the afternoon to let the rain subside and sky to clear.  Starting at the Thompson trailhead, we hiked Thompson Trail to the Heriot Ridge Trail, following it south along the bluffs.  Facing the sun, hikers got a good dose of much-needed Vitamin D.  Slippery rock was negotiated with care, and a few puddles were skirted around.  We stopped near the Hopespring Trail viewpoint for a breather and admired the views to the west, north and south.   A cold wind blowing from the northwest by then kept us moving on.  At the Hopespring Trail junction we turned west for a short distance on the Hopespring Trail, then onto a route south along an extension of the main ridge to Homewood’s High Bluff Trail.   A short climb took us to the top of High Bluff for a rest, snack and view after bundling up against the wind.  We retraced our route north along the ridge at a different bluff level, then had a pleasant downhill walk to Hopespring Road and back to the vehicles.  The glorious sunshine, at times warming us in sheltered areas, was the highlight of trip.


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Hiking – Heriot Ridge Route – 30 Nov 2016