Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 25 Feb 2019

For our third trip to Mt. Washington area in less than two weeks, seven of us went x-country skiing at the nordic area.   We had yet another day of beautiful weather and snow.  We broke into three groups, with two people skiing the Lake Trail, three skiing out through Paradise Meadows to Far East, and two skiing through the Meadows to Jack Rabbit.  Linda was getting her ski legs back after many years and she was amazing. Five of us had lunch on the balcony at Raven Lodge.  After lunch, one of the five had a “Merry Monday” (mocha and Baileys), two skied out Jutland and back, and two skied out Jutland and up Legacy View before turning back.  The longest day was 20.7 km; about 5 hours.  

Debbie

Thanks to Norris and Stephen for the photos

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Snow – Mt. Washington – 25 Feb 2019

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Hiking – Snowden Demonstration Forest – 10 April 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Snowden Forest, Campbell River
Date 10 April 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Valerie Van Veen
Contact Info 250 285 2329; vvv@qisland.ca
Description For those not going on the multi-day Cowichan Valley trip; a ramble/hike through Snowden Forest in Campbell River to explore the trails to the southwest of Riley Lake. We will take the 9 am ferry over and plan on returning on the 2:30 ferry at the latest. Bring lunch. We can arrange carpooling as needed. .
Meeting Place Q Cove ferry terminal
Departure Time 9:00 am ferry departure
Difficulty
easy to moderate
Costs ferry
Trip limits none
Dogs? Must be under control at all times; this is a popular mountain biking area.
Notes:

 

Hiking – Kay du Bois Trail – 27 Feb 2019

Yet another change of destination!

Activity Hiking
Destination Kay du Bois Trail
Date 27 Feb 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710.
Description In our ongoing search for a relatively snow and ice-free walk, we will try Kay du Bois.  This is a classic trail along the shore through a mixed forest with great views of Sutil Chanel. A short walk.
Meeting Place Kay du Bois trailhead at Wa Wa Kie
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay if they don’t run through the group.
Notes: Bring a snack and poles if you use them.

Hiking – Hopespring-Thompson Trail loop – 27 Feb 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Hopespring-Thompson Trail loop
Date 27 Feb 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710.
Description Our local source says that this trail is not too slippery.  We will give it a try, starting on Thompson Trail and working counter-clockwise.  This is a classic loop on official trails, with lots of variety: creeks, old growth Douglas fir, some wetlands and a big ascent.  The hike will be about two hours.
Meeting Place Thompson trailhead
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Fairly short and undulating
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay if they don’t run through the group.
Notes: Bring a snack and poles if you use them.

Snow – Mt Washington – 25 Feb 2019

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 25 Feb 2019, Monday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710
Description  Because of the slippery and variable conditions on Quadra, we will take advantage of the snow and sunshine to return to the Mt. Washington area.  We will x-country ski and snowshoe from Raven Lodge.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry terminal to Campbell River.  Car pools need to be arranged in advance.
Departure Time 10:00 ferry.  Drivers should be in line early, since the 9:00 ferry will be overloaded.
Difficulty
The skiers plan on the Lake Trail, but other options are available.
Costs Ferry and shared fuel.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.

 

Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 20 Feb 2019

Six of us had another spectacular snowshoe outing to Rampart Hill.  The snow and sunshine have persisted with the arctic high.  There was a cool breeze, but it was warm in the sun.  We had a few clues about the location of a hut from previous outings, and we thought we would go look for it.  We climbed steeply up the open bluffs above the parking area and enjoyed the great views.  We followed the broken trail, undulating and meandering through the knolls in the open.  We stopped for lunch in a sunny, sheltered spot where we were joined by at least six Canada Jays.  We noticed a number of people visiting the next knoll south of us and decided that must be where the hut was.  So we found it perhaps by luck.  After checking out the hut, we descended to a snow-covered logging road and made a loop back to the vehicles.   4.6 km; 2¼ hours.

Debbie

Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Snow – Mt. Washington – 20 Feb 2019

Snow – Mt Washington – 20 Feb 2019

This trip was substituted for the Morte Lake hike

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 20 Feb 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710;  please contact the coordinator as soon as possible in order to arrange carpools
Description  Because of the slippery and variable conditions on Quadra, we will take advantage of the snow and sunshine to return to the Mt. Washington area.  The plan is to snowshoe at Rampart Hill.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry terminal to Campbell River.  Car pools need to be arranged in advance.
Departure Time We will decide on Tuesday night whether we are taking the 9:00 or 10:00 ferry, depending on the expected road conditions Wednesday morning.
Difficulty
Not too hard, not more than three hours
Costs Ferry and shared fuel.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring snowshoes, warm clothing and lunch.