Trip Report – Little Black Dress & Silk Stocking Loop – 22 Nov 2017

Six of us met on a blustery grey morning to walk the mountain bike trails from North Gowlland Harbour Road. We parked at the Missing Links trail parking lot. We made a loop up Little Black Dress and returned via Back Door and Silk Stockings.   It was a beautiful meandering path through mixed forests and rocky outcrops. Along the way we passed the remnants of an old copper mine. We were quite protected in the forest and it was more  foggy and misty than rainy.  There is no signage on the trail and several T-junctions.  We were reminded of the importance of waiting for the group at each intersection, so that the group stays together. There was some timely conversation about basic safety equipment for day hikes. We hiked 6.8 km in 3 hours 20 minutes, including a stop for lunch.


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Hiking – Little Black Dress & Silk Stocking Loop – 22 Nov 2017


Hiking – Deepwater Main & Beyond Loop – 6 December 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Deepwater Main & Beyond Loop
Date 6 Dec 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info or 285-3710.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description We will either walk or drive up Deepwater Main from the Granite Bay Rd.  Then we will walk up a steep old logging road on the NW side of Mt Seymour.  From there the road contours around the N side of Mt Seymour, with views to the N, then it descends back down to Granite Bay Rd.  About 10.4 km if we walk the whole loop.  If we do a car shuffle, it will be a couple km shorter.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot, to arrange carpools
Departure Time 09:30
moderate, due to elevation gain and eroded logging roads in places
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay if under control
Notes: Bring lunch and poles if you use them

Multi-day Hiking – Hornby Island – 18-22 Feb 2018

 This trip is full.  You may contact the coordinator to waitlist.

Activity Multi-day hiking
Destination Hornby Island
Date 18-22 Feb 2018, Sunday to Thursday
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info; please contact the coordinator as soon as possible.
Description A multi-day trip on Hornby Island. We have secured a lovely beach house right on Tribune Bay. Magnificent views/walks on the beach & beyond, set on 17 acres, close to Hornby Co-op Store. The house can sleep 8 individuals, with two per bedroom.  It may be possible for some people to stay less than the four nights, but to be most affordable, priority will be to have the bedrooms full each night.  If fully booked the cost per night will be approximately $50/person, but may be less.
Trails on Hornby: Mount Geoffrey Nature Park, Helliwell Provincial Park, Mount Geoffrey Escarpment Provincial Park, Tribune Bay Provincial Park …..also lots of new bike trails. We will be hiking approx. 4-6h per day.
Margot will organize car-pooling & dinner preparation teams. Each is responsible for their breakfast & lunch.
For accommodation info:
For a map of Hornby Island trails:,-124.6418233,14z
Difficulty Easy/moderate
Dogs No
Trip Limits 8
Costs Accommodation, ferry costs, fuel
Notes Please contact Margot a.s.a.p.
I will research trails on Hornby, ferry schedules to Hornby Island.
Further info to follow to individuals on booking.
Smiles, Margot

Trip Report – Hopespring-Thompson Trail Loop – 15 Nov 2017

The morning was quite dry, but since it had rained over 100 mm in the last four days, everything was very wet.  And we were still expecting more.  The eight of us hiked this lovely loop on maintained trail, which is quite protected in bad weather.  The fall colours were still strong, and everything was green and lush from the rain.  The maples, cliffs and overhanging rocks, the old growth fir, creeks and moss make this a beautiful walk.  5.3 km; 2 hours.

Debbie and Julie

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Hiking – Hopespring-Thompson Trail Loop – 15 Nov 2017

Snow – Mt Washington – 13 Dec 2017

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 13 Dec 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info or 3710;  please contact the coordinator by Sunday night
Description This will be an early season trip to Mt. Washington.  This is probably a snowshoe trip to the Paradise Meadows area, but other activities or destinations are possible.
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.
Costs Ferry, shared fuel and the trail pass (If we go to Raven Lodge and Nordic is open).  The snowshoe day pass is $10 or $18 if you rent equipment.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.


Hiking – Dead Fish-South Morte Lake Loop – 29 Nov 2017


Activity Hiking
Destination Dead Fish-South Morte Lake Loop
Date 29 November 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info phone 3614.  Please contact the coordinator in advance.
Description A forested loop on established hiking and mountain biking trails from the Morte Lake parking lot.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty easy
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Dogs? yes

Hiking – Silk Stocking and Little Black Dress – 22 Nov 2017


Activity Hiking
Destination Silk Stocking and Little Black Dress
Date 22 November 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Diana & Rob McKerracher
Contact Info 250 285 3204.  Please contact the coordinator in advance.
Description A forested loop on established trails and mountain bike trails, near Morte Lake.  Basic route is about 7 km and takes almost 3 hours to walk. Poles are helpful on some of the wet bits and rocky slopes.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate, with some steep sections
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? on leash
Notes: If the weather is great, we can extend this basic route. Bring lunch and dress for the weather.

Hiking – Hopespring-Thompson Trail Loop – 15 Nov 2017


Activity Hiking
Destination Hopespring – Thompson Trail Loop
Date 15 November 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info phone 3978.  Please contact the coordinator in advance.
Description This is a moderate loop through varied forest, including some old growth.  The walk passes by wetlands, creeks, rocky bluffs.  This is relatively protected in rainy weather, but if the day provides the opportunity, there are views along the way.
Meeting Place Hopespring Trailhead
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay
Notes: You might bring a snack, but lunch isn’t expected on the trail.

Trip Report – Main Lake from Surge Narrows Rd – 8 Nov 2017

Six of us hiked the flagged route from the Surge Narrows Rd to the east end of Main Lake.   The day was mild and the brush was dry as we followed the old logging road making a side trip to an un-named lake.  After briefly thrashing in the brush in the wrong direction, we continued through lovely, open forest with lots of white pine and some old growth cedar and fir.  However, there are some sections with major blow-down, which is not just stepped over, but involves the full-body climb up and over.  Near to Main Lake we admired some exceptional old growth Douglas fir and the water falls.  We had lunch at the picnic tables at the campground, enjoying the view of the Lake.  After lunch some remained and enjoyed a fire in the campground fire ring, while others hiked on to Yeatman Bay.  We followed the flagged route back to the vehicles, which is rather more uphill.  9.7 km; 4½ hours.


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Hiking – Main Lake from Surge Narrows Rd – 8 Novt 2017

Trip Report – Alternate Morte Lake Loop – 1 Nov 2017

 We were fortunate to have yet another beautiful fall day for this hike around Morte Lake.  The forecast called for showers, but it was clear and cool.  We left the Morte Lake parking lot and hiked up the Morning Beer mountain bike trail, stopping for views of Chinese Mountains and glimpses of the outer islands.  We continued on to Lost Rider, Ridge Trail, the tripod and Connector.  None of that was the original plan, but it was a lovely walk.  At the south end of Morte Lake there was a cold wind with white caps on the lake, but when we carried on to the picnic table, it was sunny and sheltered.  The hike along the north bluffs over Morte Lake was sunny and there were great views. 10.5 km; 4½ hours.


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Hiking – Alternate Morte Lake Loop – 1 Nov 2017