Trip Report – The Campbell River Loop – 26 Apr 2017

Six of us hiked a loop from the logging bridge on the Campbell River up to Moose Falls and back. This is always a great walk with lots of highlights, but this was particularly special because of the spring wildflower bloom. Immediately after crossing the bridge and starting along the trail on the north side of the river, we were greeted with a wonderful profusion of pink and white fawn lilies, trillium, and wild bleeding heart. For the first 2 kilometers these flowers carpeted the edge of the trail.  After a long winter, spring was everywhere.

We admired the Canyon View and continued on up to the Station View, with its rather industrial view of the generating station and construction. The Millennium Trail wanders through a fine forest with some very impressive old growth and leads to the Elk Falls viewing platform and suspension bridge, both amazing.  Elk Falls drops about 25 meters into a very narrow gorge with a right-angle turn.

We took the gradually ascending Old Growth trail and then the very steep descent to the rocky viewpoint for Moose Falls and the Dolphin Pool, where we stopped for lunch. Although the forecast had called for rain by mid-day, we had warm sunshine. We returned along the river, passed by Deer Falls and more views of Elk Falls, and crossed over to the south side of the river for more wildflowers before reaching the vehicles. 13.4 km; 4½ hours.

Debbie

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Hiking – The Campbell River Loop – 26 Apr 2017

Hiking – Ripple Rock Trail – 10 May 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Ripple Rock Trail
Date 10 May 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Diana
Contact Info 285-3204 or diana@gicable.com.  Contact coordinator about car pooling by May 9.
Description 8 km round trip hike on Ripple Rock Trail, 16 km north of Campbell River. If you have hiked the Maud Island trail on Quadra, this hike shows the Ripple Rock site from the other side of the strait. Bring lunch. Approximate time 4 hours.
Meeting Place Q Cove ferry terminal
Departure Time 9:00 am ferry.  If you are driving, come early for this busy ferry.
Difficulty
Moderate, with some steep sections
Costs Ferry fare
Trip limits None
Dogs? Must be on leash or under control
Notes: Contact coordinator by May 9 to make carpooling arrangements ahead of time so we are not taking too many cars over.

 

Hiking – Chinese Mountains – 2 May 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination South and North Chinese Mountain
Date 2 May 2017, Tuesday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will go up the south side to South Chinese Mtn. and have lunch while enjoying the view. Then down the north path and up North Chinese Mtn. and back to the vehicles.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store parking lot for car pooling
Departure Time 10:30
Difficulty
Moderate, but up and down
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? No, as trail is narrow in spots.
Notes: It is only 3.4 km around South Chinese so we will go up north as well. Not everybody has to do both.

Trip Report – Morte Lake Loop – 20 Apr 2017

The Wednesday trip scheduled for snowshoes on Mt. Washington was cancelled because the rain was pretty thick.  Instead five of us took advantage of a day off from the rain on Thursday and walked around Morte Lake.  It was a lovely Spring day for a walk and Morte Lake did not disappoint.  We had lunch at the far end at the sandy beach and returned via the Nirvana bike trail up to the viewpoint and back to the trailhead on Dead Fish. 11.4km; 4¼ hours.

Norris

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Hiking – Morte Lake Loop – 20 Apr 2017

Hiking – N Gowlland Hbr Bike Trail Loop – 5 July 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination North Gowlland Harbour bike trail loop
Date 5 July 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 285-3614; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Carpool to North Gowlland Habour Road trailhead. We will traverse a large loop of mountain bike trails, passing by the old copper mining area on Silk Stocking trail, and returning to the vehicles via trails and old logging roads.
3 hours. Bring lunch or snack.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot
Departure Time 9:00
Difficulty
easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Dogs? yes
Notes:

 

Hiking – Beech’s Mtn Loop – 14 June 2017

 Now scheduled for 21 June 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Beech’s Mountain Loop
Date   21 28 14 June 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 285-3614; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Carpool to Chinese Mountain parking lot. HIke up South Chinese Mountain trail and carry on to Beech’s Mountain summit. From there, we will drop down the far side of Beech’s and follow a route which will bring us to the North Chinese Mountain trail and back to the vehicles.
Time – 3 hours. Bring a lunch or snack.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot
Departure Time 9:00
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Dogs? yes
Notes:

 

Kayaking – Gowlland Harbour – 4 May 2017

This trip was previously scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd

Activity Kayaking
Destination Gowlland Harbour
Date 4 May 2017, Thursday
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info 250-285-2393
Description We will meet, help each other to launch from Gowlland Harbour Resort.
We will kayak the islands to see the beautiful wild flowers. Kayak to May Island for our lunch.  Visiting the islands in Gowlland Harbour.  Returning to the launch area at approximately 2 p.m.
Meeting Place Gowlland Harbour Resort boat launch, 823 Gowlland Harbour Rd.
Departure Time 10:30 (unload and prepare at 10:00)
Difficulty
easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: This trip is dependent on weather.  Bring your ocean kayak, paddle plus safety equipment. Bring your own lunch and water. I will meet you at the launch site at 10:00.  We help each other with kayak launch.
Gowlland Harbour Resort has kindly granted us permission to use their boat launch for this trip. This is not a public access.