This was the first Club outing since Dr. Bonnie Henry re-opened adult outdoor sports in British Columbia. It was great to go out with a group again. The six of us first talked a bit about work that has been done documenting the geology, plants, animals and Indigenous history in this area. We started out on the Homewood Camp trails leading to the first and most easterly bluff with views to the south and east. We descended and continued on to Homewood Bluff for more views. After a brief section off-trail we followed a forest trail leading to a short, steep ascent and High Bluff. We stopped for lunch, then descended and made our way westerly across open mossy bluffs below the Citadel. We climbed up a line to the plateau on the Citadel and visited the emergency communications tower with entirely different views to the northeast. It was quite warm and humid, so we vegged out a bit on the helipad before continuing along the ridge and joining the Hopespring trail. This trail led us to North Gowland Trail and then the Isle of 19 old growth Douglas firs. We admired these survivors of the 1925 fire before crossing the small bridge, and again out onto mossy bluffs. We followed a good line down to a forested logging road, where a Barred Owl sang to us, and a then short trail section leading back to North Gowlland Trail. From there we walked east back to the vehicles. 7.7 km; 4¼ hours.
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Hiking – Homewood and N Gowlland Trails – 2 June 2021