Trip Report – Backdoor-Yellow Mud Loop – 28 Nov 2018

Fifteen hikers, along with Kona and Joey, the dogs, enjoyed a three hour hike in the area south of Walcan Road, starting at the pullout at Reed Lake. The weather was great for November – cloudy but with no rain, no wind and a pleasant 8° C. We headed south on Straight-as-a-Dime Trail, following a combination of newer bike trail sections and old logging roads. Turning east onto Backdoor Trail, we hiked over vibrant green moss-covered rock bluffs, through pine forest and past a perfectly mirrored pond. Shortly after going past some old mining camp debris, we headed north and followed Dick’s Ride down to Nighthawk Lake (variously named Yellow Mud, Hilda’s, Wood Duck and Beaver Pond Lake). Walking alongside the large lake created by a 20-meter-long plus beaver dam, we spotted Bufflehead and other waterbirds, and an unidentified hawk. We continued northwest down Yellow Mud Trail through lush sword fern, hemlock and Doug fir forest, paralleling McKercher Creek before arriving back at Reed Lake.  8.1 km.

Janis McLean

Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Hiking – Backdoor-Yellow Mud Loop – 28 Nov 2018

Kayaking – Open Bay and Breton Islands – 2 Dec 2018

Activity Kayaking
Destination Open Bay and Breton Islands
Date 2 Dec 2018, Sunday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029 or   Be sure and sign up so I can call you if weather changes
.Description The weather forecast is sunny but cold so dress accordingly. We are leaving as late as possible so it will warm up a bit. Have lunch before you come but we will stop for a snack so bring one and maybe something warm to drink. The exact course will be set by conditions and the people that go.
Meeting Place Len Road public beach access
Departure Time Meet at 12:30, launch at 1 P.M.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: All participants must conform to QIOC paddling guidelines. Participants must have all Coast Guard required equipment and spray skirts.  The standard for participation in winter trips is higher than for summer outings.

Hiking – Deepwater Copper Mine and Bay – 5 Dec 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Deepwater Copper Mine and Bay
Date 5 December 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 3710 or; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description We hope to be able to drive up the active logging road to begin the hike.  We will follow old logging roads up to the copper mine and then return to follow the steep creek down to Deepwater Bay.  We pass by a ruined trestle and fish hatchery on the way. This can be a very wet walk.  About 7km, around 3 hours, and some noticeable elevation gain and loss.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00 am
Trip limits none
Dogs? Dogs must not run through the group
Notes: Be prepared for wet


Hiking – Open Bay and Crikey Creeks – 30 Dec 2018

Postponed to Sunday for better weather.

Activity Hiking
Destination Open Bay and Crikey Creeks
Date 30 29 Dec 2018, Sunday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We plan to walk a figure-of-eight loop starting on the trail along the Open Bay Creek, then circling back on a logging road.  After a short walk down Open Bay Main we will hike up the Rio mountain bike trail and down Crikey Creek.  The first part is flat, the second part has a hill.  About 6km and two hours walking time.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store parking lot for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Fairly easy, unless there is winter deadfall.  It can be wet along Open Bay Creek.  Parts of Crikey Creek trail system are steep. There may be snow on the ground.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Dogs must not run through the group
Notes: Bring a lunch and gear for the weather.

Trip Report – Kay du Bois Loop – 21 Nov 2018

Eight hikers and two dogs hiked a loop of the Kay du Bois trail and adjoining woodlot from the Sutil Road trailhead.  We hiked down the switchbacks to the rocky beach and enjoyed the rolling waves on a fairly windy day.  We continued along the quiet trail following the shore and then took the connector from the big Sitka Spruce tree up to the top of the bluff and walked the logging road back to the vehicles.  The weather was better than forecast and we stayed dry.  We all went back to Julie’s, where she served us an excellent lunch.  5.1 km; 1½ hours.

Julie and Debbie

Thanks to Norris and Eva for the photos

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Hiking – Kay du Bois Loop – 21 Nov 2018

Trip Report – Haskin Farm & Golf Course Loop – 14 Nov 2018

Nine of us and three dogs didn’t mind the wet morning.  Although the night was stormy, the day was mostly dry and partly sunny.  We hiked through the forest and meadow on the Haskin Farm trail, down the switchbacks to the beach.  We enjoyed the fresh air, maple leaves thick on the trail, and the waves breaking on the shore.  We continued along the shore, appreciating the few old growth trees.  The golf course was quiet and very green.  There were Bald Eagles and a Red Tailed Hawk close by.  A lovely, easy walk.  5.3 km; 1½  hours.

Julie Mellanby

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Hiking – Haskin Farm & Golf Course Loop – 14 Nov 2018

Trip Report – Steep Island – 12 Nov 2018

On a calm and partly sunny day, four kayaks set out from Q Cove for Steep Island. We first paddled into Unkak Cove as there was a 12 foot tide and much of the Cove dries at a lower tide. There were numerous birds there. It is too bad that there are also numerous old docks that have been left to rot away. From the Cove we traveled up in Discovery Passage by April Point. We were going with the ebb tide, but found many back eddies along the way. It was fun to have the tide moving in all different directions which kept you adjusting your paddling.

We stopped to have lunch and enjoy the sun at Vigilant Island, and shared some smoked salmon, cheese and crackers.  From there we went around Steep Island. There was some current getting there but almost none going along the west side where I thought it might be strong. A person may know if it is ebb or flood tide, but the current is constantly changing near shore. The tide was nearing slack now so we headed straight back to the Cove, though there was still come current against us. On the way we had two sea lions put on a bit of a show for us. It is unsettling for a creature bigger that the kayak to come up close to you. All in all a calm, warm and wonderful day for a paddle especially considering it is November.  7.8 nautical miles and 4 hours.


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Kayaking – Steep Island – 12 Nov 2018