Hiking – Morte Lake to Mud Lake loop – 17 Jan 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Mud Lake to Morte Lake loop
Date 17 Jan 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator prior to the trip.
Description This is a substitute trip.  It will be a short hike over a bluff from Mud Lake to Morte Lake.  We will make it a loop by returning via Tripod.  This is a short hike with lots of variety.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy, but there’s a hill
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: The weather will be appalling so dress for it.  We won’t stop for lunch.
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Trip Report – Surge Narrows logging roads – 10 Jan 2018

Ten of us took advantage of the brief break in the rainy weather to explore another part of the island.  We started from near Mine Lake. After a short steep section, the old logging road is pretty flat and open, going through a section of the woodlot in which the re-planted trees are growing nicely.  The forest is quite diverse and some of it is mature with open understory.  We took a short side trip to a trailhead on the Bold Point Road, then had lunch in a nice clearing.  After lunch we bushwhacked a bit and climbed a little bluff with good views all around and continued south to rejoin the Surge Narrows Road, which we walked back to the starting point.   8.3 km; 3½ hours.

– Norris

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Hiking – Surge Narrows logging roads – 10 Jan 2018

Hiking – Maud Island- 7 Feb 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Maud Island
Date 7 Feb 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator prior to the trip.
Description Hike to Maud Island through varied forest and terrain.  We will do a loop passing over the shoulder of  Mt. Lolo, crossing the causeway to Maud Island, enjoying views of Seymour Narrows, and returning by the salt water lagoon. The currents in the Narrows will not be impressive at this time.   Allow 5 hours, including driving, for this walk of approximately 10km.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty
Moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring a snack, poles if you use them and gear for the weather.  We don’t usually do this trip in very poor weather.

Snow – Mt Washington – 17 Jan 2018

 This trip has been postponed to Jan 24th.

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 24 17 Jan 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710;  please contact the coordinator by Sunday night
Description  We’re expecting lots of fresh snow prior to this trip.
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.
Difficulty
Depends
Costs Ferry, shared fuel and the trail pass (If we go to Raven Lodge).  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 – Haskin’s Farm Loop – 31 Jan 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Haskin’s Farm Loop
Date 31 January, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description This is a short hike with lots of variety: some flat terrain, some steep, lovely forest, including some old growth, and views over the Strait of Georgia to the islands and mainland mountains (if we’re lucky enough to see them)
Meeting Place Haskin’s Farm trailhead at the corner of Heriot Bay and Smith Rd
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Short and easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay
Notes: Probably no lunch is necessary. Bring gear for the weather.

Hiking – Blindman’s Bluff – 24 Jan 2018

 This trip has been postponed

Activity Hiking
Destination Blindman’s Bluff
Date 24 Jan 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info phone 3710 or norris.weimer@ualberta.ca. Please contact the coordinator in advance.
Description A classic loop through open bluffs with great views.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch or snack, and poles if you use them.  This trip will be weather and road dependent.  Stay in touch with the coordinator.

Trip Report – Shellaligan Forest Trails – 3 Jan 2018

With crunchy snow underfoot, the thermometer hovering around 0° C, and almost sunny skies overhead, eight members enjoyed an exhilarating tramp through the Shellaligan forest trails on the first Club outing of the New Year. We parked at the second forest parking lot and headed roughly north to the trail junction, returning by the trail/logging road route to the first parking lot, then following the forest road back to our cars. Despite the snow, the trails were very navigable, no need for crampons or snowshoes. As the temperature rose, the occasional ice bomb cascaded down from the treetops. The highlight of the hike was a whale (Humpback?) blowing just offshore as we came down to the seashore beside the aquaculture farm. Tracks in the snow also indicated the possibility of wolves close by. Afterwards hikers were warmed and refreshed with a pleasant social at the coordinator’s house in Open Bay, with many thanks to Janis and Terry for the additional tasty treats!
Time: 2 hours, distance: 5.1 km

Valerie van Veen, trip coordinator

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Hiking – Shellaligan Forest Trails – 3 Jan 2018