Hiking – Alternate Chinese Mtn Loop – 24 Aug 2022

Change of start time due to hot weather.

Activity Hiking
Destination Alternate South Chinese Mtn Loop
Date 24 Aug, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710  Please contact the coordinator by Monday night.
Description Using climbing access trails, hiking trails, open forest and bluffs, we will hike a loop on South Chinese Mountain with maximize fantastic viewpoints, but does not go to the traditional lookout.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot.
Departure Time 9:00  10:00, or earlier if it is hot
Moderate, quite short but steep in sections.
Costs None
Trip limits None
Dogs? No.
Notes: Bring la snack.  Poles are recommended if you use them.

Happy Hour Hike – Morte Lake – 7 Aug 2022

Activity Happy Hour Hike
Destination Morte Lake conservancy from the logging road
Date 7 Aug, Sunday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator by Friday evening.
Description We will drive to the gate for the Morte Lake conservancy and take the short walk up to the lake.  There are a few sites we can choose for a social happy hour, a great view and possibly a swim.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 15:45
Difficulty Easy
Costs none
Trip limits
Notes: Bring whatever you want.  Here are some possibilities: a snack, something to drink, a portable chair, a bathing suit.

Hiking – Mt. Drabble, Strathcona Park – 10 Aug 2022

Re-scheduled to Friday, Aug 12th, with an earlier start time.

Activity Hiking
Destination Mt. Drabble, Strathcona Park
Date 12 10 Aug, Friday Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca; 250-285-3710.  Please contact the coordinator by Monday evening.
Description The approach to Mt. Drabble will be from a logging road off of Strathcona Parkway on the way to Mt. Washington.  The logging road drive is fairly long and slightly deteriorated since the Club last drove it, but still possible without 4×4.  We will walk the last steep part of the logging road and follow a cairned route up the mostly sub-alpine ridge to Mt. Drabble.  There is one major dip in the ridge before the summit, which offers great views of the Forbidden Plateau in good weather.  12.5 km; 6+ hours; 650m elevation gain.
Meeting Place QCove ferry terminal
Departure Time 7:05 8:00 am ferry; drivers need to be early to ensure loading.
Challenging for the length of the day, elevation and altitude gain.
Costs Ferry, shared fuel costs.
Trip limits
Dogs? No
Notes: We will not do this trip in poor weather.  This is a long day.  Come prepared for mountain conditions.

Trip Report – Chauntaluf Farm to Open Bay – 28 July 2022

Four of us started fairly early to avoid the hottest part of the afternoon.  We strolled through the Chauntaluf farm taking time to appreciate the setting, views, animals and trees.  We then followed their Open Bay Rd over to Kolker Main.  We were met by Marianne who accompanied us down the private road to her home on Open Bay. As we had not met Marianne before, we took time to get acquainted before having lunch in the shade at the beach.  It was a very low tide and we walked on the sand to the shore and to Open Bay Creek before heading back.  It was warm ascending the road before we crossed back into the forest of Chauntaluf Farm.  We stopped at the pond for a cool swim before returning to the car.  This outing involved visits to two private properties and we are very appreciative for the invitations from Heather and Marianne.   7.4 km; 4 hours


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Hiking – Chauntaluf Farm to Open Bay– 28 July 2022

Trip Report – Manzanita Bluff – 27 July 2022

Six of us set out for Manzanita Bluff on one of the hottest days of the year, so far – about 34° C.  The view at the top is worth it, and the hike up is in the shade of an open forest with some fine Douglas fir trees.  We hiked up the 250 metres in 1½ hours and had lunch enjoying the great view from the bluff.  We descended quickly and took the side trip to Darkwater Lake for a well deserved swim in this excellent lake.  5.3 km; 4¼ hours


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Hiking – Manzanita Bluff – 27 July 2022

Kayaking – Granite Bay and beyond- 17 Aug 2022

Activity Paddling
Destination Granite Bay/ Kanish Bay/ Small Inlet
Date 17 Aug, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Vic Gladish
Contact Info vicgladish@gmail.com; 250-287-0459 text; or phone 250-285-2111.
Description Paddle into Kanish Bay and/or into Small Inlet for the hike across to Waiaitt Bay if weather and tides permit. About 4 to 5 hours depending on what we decide to do. Bring a lunch.
Meeting Place Granite Bay boat launch
Departure Time Meet at 8:45; on the water by 9:15
Easy to moderate depending on the weather.
Costs Launch fee – $5.00
Trip limits 8
Dogs? No
Notes: Low tide (1.6 m) middle of day making our lunch stop trickier and perhaps eliminating the hike.
Be sure to read our paddling guidelines and make sure you are properly outfitted.

Trip Report – Eagle Ridge and Blindman’s Bluff – 6 July 2022

Our small group parked off of Copperhead logging road, now that the culvert has been replaced.  We descended to the wetlands before meandering up through the forest and bluffs to Eagle Ridge.  The day was overcast and humid, after a few days of heavy rain.  Just before we reached the high point of the ridge a Night Hawk flew across the trail onto the bluff and then into a tree.  We assumed that this was to divert us away from a ground nest and moved on to the high viewpoint.  After a brief stop on the ridge we returned the same way and noticed that there was a single egg alarmingly close to the trail.  Our second destination was Blindman’s Bluff on the hill to the south of Eagle Ridge.  Both of these are excellent walks with lots of variety and views.  We stopped for lunch at the main viewpoint overlooking Gowlland Harbour and Discovery Passage before heading back.  5.7 km; 3½ hours

Thanks to Carrie and Norris for the photos.

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Hiking – Eagle Ridge and blindman’s Bluff – 6 July 2022

Hiking – Main Lake and Yeatman Bay – 3 Aug 2022


Activity Hiking
Destination Main Lake and Yeatman Bay from Surge Narrows Rd
Date 3 Aug, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator by Monday evening.
Description This recently improved trail is a pleasure to walk through some excellent mature forest, meandering along a creek down to Main Lake.  From there we can follow the old portage/logging road route to Yeatman Bay.  There are multiple opportunities for swimming if the weather cooperates.  About 10 km round trip.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty Moderate
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Notes: Bring lunch and a bathing suit if you want to swim.

Trip Report – Beaver Lake and Open Bay Creek – 29 June 2022

Our group of seven parked on Hyacinthe Bay Rd and followed the flagged trail through a mossy and open swale, over a ridge and down to Beaver Lake.  After rounding Beaver Lake on the south, we crossed the creek and stopped for elevenses on a rocky bluff above the lake.  We continued through the transition zone of a recent cut block and then followed the path descending along the creek draining Beaver Lake.  We stopped at a water fall and took a short side trip on an old logging road now covered in moss and grass.  We continued more steeply down to the junction of the creek with Open Bay creek and stopped for lunch.  The route then followed a well maintained trail upstream along Open Bay Creek. This passes through a mature forest often on a high bluff with great views of the meandering creek.  We saw a number of interesting plants along the way.  Since we had arranged a car shuffle, we drove back from the junction of Open Bay Creek and Bold Point Road.  5.7 km; 3 hours.  


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Notes on the plants:
The gnome plant or Hemitomes congestum is quite rare, though found over a large territory in dense forests.  It is the only member of its genus.   It lacks chlorophyll and cannot carry out photosynthesis.  Instead the gnome plant gets nutrients directly from fungi.

Menzies’ pipsissewa or Chimaphila menziesii is also quite rare and found over a large territory in dense forests.  ‘Pipsissewa is a Cree name meaning “it breaks into small pieces” in reference to the leaves, which are thought to help dissolve kidney stones.’

Hiking – Beaver Lake and Open Bay Creek – 29 June 2022

Trip Report – Hyacinthe Creek – 28 June 2022

Our group of seven worked for about 1½ hours cutting brush and clearing the first leg of the South Chinese Mountain trail before lunch.  We then went to see the new Hyacinthe Creek trail which was build over the winter.  This very short and easy loop includes some beautiful trees, a bench, an excellent trail with amazing stone work, three viewing platforms and the lovely Hyacinthe Creek.  We had lunch grouped around one of the platforms.  It was cool and peaceful by the creek under the dappled light of the trees.  400m, 3/4 hour


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Work party and Hike – Chinese Mtn and Hyacinthe Creek Trail – 28 June 2022