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.
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Hiking – Surge Narrows logging roads & trails – 10 Jan 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Forested area east of Mine Lake
Date 10 Jan 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info phone 3710 or e-mail norris.weimer@ualberta.ca
Please contact the coordinator in advance.  With the winter weather, stay in touch with the coordinator.
Description We will leave from near the Mine Lake access and walk logging roads through a woodlot.  The roads are relatively flat.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? yes
Notes: Bring lunch.

Trip Report – Thompson/B&B Trail loop – 20 Dec 2017

Five women met at the Thompson trailhead for a two and a half hour hike.  Having missed the threat of snow the previous day, we had a dry and sunny morning, with the temperature a bit above freezing and light wind from the north.  We headed up Thompson Trail to the first viewpoint.  After stopping to take in the views north and east to gloriously snowy mainland mountains, we walked north down the open ridge, dropping to the forest floor at the big maple tree.  From here, we followed a deer trail north to the B&B trail, turning south on the B&B at this point through pleasant second-growth forest and along a deeply-cut unnamed stream.  Reaching the Thompson Trail junction, we followed it south to the second viewpoint.  Climbing to the top of the ridge, we stopped for a break in the warm sun, again taking in snowy views to the east.  From here, we followed a rough off-trail route east and north down the ridge, eventually connecting to Thompson Trail and back to the vehicles.  The weather and company were perfect for a stunning December hike.

– Janis

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Hiking – Thompson-B&B Trail Loop – 20 Dec 2017

 

Activity Hiking
Destination Thompson-B&B Trail Loop
Date 20 December 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info phone 3614
Description We will hike a loop on and off the trail from Thompson trail to B&B trail, and back to Thompson trail, with viewpoints at Thompson trail’s first and second viewpoints.
Meeting Place Thompson Road at the Thompson trailhead
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty Easy to moderate (on viewpoint bluffs)
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay if under control
Notes: Hiking pole(s) will be useful on the rock bluffs.  If the weather is decent, we will stop at the second viewpoint for tea and a snack.  Overall time should be 2 hours or so.

Hiking – Shellaligan Forest Trails – 3 Jan 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Shellaligan Forest Trails
Date 3 Jan 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Valerie van Veen
Contact Info vvv@qisland.ca or 285 2329
Description A post-Christmas social: walk through the forest (we will not do the Oceanside section of the trail) on good trails then all hikers are invited back to Valerie’s house for coffee/tea; bring any Christmas baking leftovers to share if you wish.
Meeting Place Meet at Heriot Bay store parking lot to carpool: meet up with coordinator at intersection of Valdes and logging road to trailhead at 10:15
Departure Time 9:55 am
Difficulty
Easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Must be under control at all times; must be left in cars at Valerie’s place
Notes: Hikers must contact coordinator by day before.

 

Trip Report – Deadfish-South Morte Lake Loop – 29 Nov 2017

On a blustery day under threat of rain, seven hikers enjoyed a brisk three hour hike around this loop connecting several mountain bike trails.   Beginning at the Morte Lake parking lot, we followed Lower Deadfish, Lost Rider, Ridge and Connector trails to the southwest corner of Morte Lake. The group encountered a few sprinkles here, which eventually passed. We followed the Morte Lake south trail, turned right on Nirvana and then left on 7 Sins with its seven switchbacks. At the junction of this trail and Upper Deadfish, we stopped for a brief lunch and took in the views across to Beech’s Mountain, Morte Lake and Discovery Passage. From there, it was downhill on Upper and Lower Deadfish along Little Morte Creek to the parking lot. Fortunately, we didn’t get rained on. Having had dry weather the previous day, there were very few puddles to cross. We agreed that it was a good workout and the lovely greens of the forest were at their peak. 8.7 km

Janis

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Hiking – Deadfish-South Morte Lake Loop – 29 Nov 2017

Hiking – Deepwater Main & Beyond Loop – 6 December 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Deepwater Main & Beyond Loop
Date 6 Dec 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 285-3710.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description We will either walk or drive up Deepwater Main from the Granite Bay Rd.  Then we will walk up a steep old logging road on the NW side of Mt Seymour.  From there the road contours around the N side of Mt Seymour, with views to the N, then it descends back down to Granite Bay Rd.  About 10.4 km if we walk the whole loop.  If we do a car shuffle, it will be a couple km shorter.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot, to arrange carpools
Departure Time 09:30
Difficulty
moderate, due to elevation gain and eroded logging roads in places
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay if under control
Notes: Bring lunch and poles if you use them