Trip Report – Open Bay and Crikey Creeks – 12 Feb 2020

Ten hikers attended the two short hikes. The weather was pleasant for early February, with cloud cover, mild temperatures and no rain. We walked south along the forestry road near the bottom of the big hill on Village Bay Lakes Road (opposite the Open Bay Main turnoff). After substantial snow the week before, the road still had a couple of inches of soft snow, but not deep enough to make walking difficult. After a half hour or so (and passing several clearcuts on the uphill side of the road), we took a trail into the woods towards Open Bay Creek, and followed this undulating trail through mossy open second growth Douglas fir and hemlock forest north along Open Bay Creek (upstream). This beautiful stream sustains salmon spawning in the fall, when chum and coho migrate up from Open Bay.

The second hike began on Open Bay Main which proceeds northwest from Village Bay Lakes Road, downhill from the large gravel pit. After a hundred meters are so, we turned west into the forest and proceeded at a steady uphill climb through lovely open Douglas fir and hemlock forest. The first part of this trail has been heavily eroded after the heavy winter rains, having been improperly constructed with no switchbacks or proper water management. We avoided the slippery-looking rough bridges by easily dipping down into the creek swales. Partway up this hill, we came across ‘Road Right-of-Way’ flagging tape, indicating that this area will be bisected by a forestry road and is slated for logging, presumably in the near future. We popped out onto a narrow logging road and could see Granite Bay Road a little further west uphill. A ten-minute walk south along the road took us to a good place for lunch, with old moss-covered logs to sit on. A short distance further, near the junction of this road and Granite Bay Road, our next trail headed downhill through the same forest, but closer to Crikey Creek which is situated in a deep gully. We came across forestry cruise plots used for timber volume estimates, another indication of imminent logging. The downhill trail ended on Open Bay Main just a short distance to the south of our uphill trail. Total time was three hours, from assembly at the Heriot Bay Store parking lot and back again. 


Hiking – Open Bay and Crikey Creeks – 12 Feb 2020

Hiking – Deepwater Bay and Benn Copper Mine – 4 Mar 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Deepwater Bay and Benn Copper Mine
Date 4 Mar 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
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.  The old fish hatchery has recently sold and is being upgraded by the new owner.  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 We will need high clearance vehicles to avoid the long walk up the logging road
Dogs? Dogs must not run through the group
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for the weather.


Hiking – Drew Creek and Harbour – 26 Feb 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Drew Creek and Harbour
Date 26 Feb 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info or 3710.
Please contact the coordinator in advance.
Description A short easy walk.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Costs None
Trip limits None
Dogs? Okay, if they do not run through the group.

Kayaking – Hyacinthe & Open Bays to Breton Islands – 20 Mar 2020

Activity Kayaking
Destination Hyacinthe & Open Bays to Breton Islands
Date 20 Mar 2020, Friday; Vernal equinox
Trip Coordinator Vic Gladish
Contact Info; 250-285-2111; (cell 250-287-0459).  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Postponed since NY Day, we will now attempt to have our first group paddle of 2020, on the first day of spring!
We will put in on the first high tide of spring 2020, paddle the bays (Hyacinthe, Open, and Moulds) and the Breton Islands and find a sunny, south facing beach for an Equinox picnic.
If the forecast indicates that a Gowlland Harbour paddle would be safer, that will be our alternate plan for the day.
Meeting Place Len Road Shore Access at 08:00
Departure Time 9:00
Moderate – weather, winds and tides over a 3-5 hour day
Costs None
Trip limits 8 kayaks (ie a double counts as 1)
Dogs? Not sure how that would work?
Notes: ALL paddlers MUST be equipped for ocean paddling in cooler weather. THIS MIGHT BE THE FIRST PADDLE SINCE LAST SUMMER FOR SOME OF YOU SO CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT!! If you show up without required equipment you will most likely be turned back at the beach.
Please review Transport Canada paddling guidelines ( Having dry clothes waiting at the take out would be advisable. Bring water and lunch. The alternate plan, in the event of southeasterly winds, will be to put in at April Point and paddle into Gowlland Harbour.
The alternate, alternate plan will be to reschedule to Saturday or Sunday.

Trip Report – Surge Narrows Logging Roads – 29 Jan 2020

Changeable weather at its best.  Leave home in winter wind and rain, and arrive at the trailhead in sunny spring.  We did delay the hike by a few minutes, to allow the weather to get over it, by visiting the old Union Steamship dock at Bold Point.  The steamships stopped running in 1953.  The dock was built sometime after 1901.  The dock itself is gone except for the concrete part.  The bridge is still there.

Six of us hiked an old logging road from the Bold Point Rd over to the Surge Narrows Rd.  The route rolls gently through some fine forest.  Then we had lunch at Mine Lake (very high water level!).  We walked the Surge Narrows Rd south to join another logging road back to the Bold Point Rd and make a loop.  This last section took us by a sunny knoll and a wetland meadow with a pond and a bufflehead duck.  7.1 km, 2½ hours.

– Norris

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Hiking – Surge Narrow Logging Roads – 29 Jan 2020

Hiking in Silence – Hopespring-Thompson Trail Loop – 5 Feb 2020

Postponed due to weather

Activity Hiking in silence
Destination Hopespring-Thompson Trail Loop
Date 5 Feb 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Sandra Burns
Contact Info or 3977.
Please, no phone calls after 8 pm.
Description We will start at the Hopespring trailhead, slowly following the very typical Heriot Ridge trail, dropping down and around, possibly doing the old growth section, if the trail permits and ending at the Thompson road exit.  About 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
Please bring a warm drink and possibly a snack.  Dress for the weather as some sections might be wet and slippery. Also, poles (1 or 2) are helpful where it is slippery or steep.
This will be a silent walk, with a very short piece read at the beginning, middle and end.
Meeting Place Hopespring trailhead
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Trip limits 6
Dogs? No

Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 22 Jan 2020

Nine of us ventured out to Mt. Washington with the forecast a bit sketchy for travelling and the snow expected to turn to rain in the evening.  What we found was lots of great fresh snow and more continuing throughout the day.  The trees were plastered with snow and beautiful.  Not many snowshoe trails were open, so we started on Great Big View.  This did not provide any view, given the heavy snowfall, but was a work out as we ascended the steep path.  We returned to Raven Lodge for lunch out of the snow and wind, before heading out in the afternoon on Snow Paws.  This started downhill, winding along a narrow path between trees bent over with snow.  We continued until the trail was closed because the trail groomer had fallen through the snow and into the creek below – definitely early season conditions still. The snow was wonderful and the day invigorating, but it was easy to get very wet.  4.9 km, 2½ hours without lunch.


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Snow – Mt. Washington – 22 Jan 2020