Seven hikers trekked from the Newton Lake trail parking lot to the Lake, where several people swam and we had a quick lunch, accompanied by the intermittent serenade of loons. We then headed down the trail to Small Inlet, and over to Waiatt Bay. We returned through the ‘portage’ branch, which skirts a rather mysterious bubbling spring, then along the beach and back to the main trail. There was a bit of puffing and panting up the rather steep climb back to Newton Lake, where swimmers again enjoyed a cool break. It was a lovely day, sunny and not too warm. We met several other parties on the trail (busy for Quadra!). Except for the steep bit on the return from Small Inlet to Newton Lake, the trail is good throughout, although there is a fair amount of loose rock between the parking lot and the Lake, which makes for tricky footing in parts. 14.8 km; 6¼ hours.
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