|Destination||Mine Lake Bluff|
|Date||9 May 2018, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Julie Mellanby|
|Contact Info||phone 3978. Please contact the coordinator in advance.|
|Description||We will park near the Mine Lake boat access and walk to Camp Homewood. From there the route ascends the bluff to the north of Mine Lake with great views. The trail going up the bluff can feel a bit exposed. This is a hike, not a climb, but do have good footwear and be careful. The trail down is a regular trail and it loops back underneath the bluffs to the start of the steep bit.|
|Meeting Place||Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot for car pooling|
|Difficulty||Moderate, for very steep section|
Six hikers and one dog enjoyed a three hour hike on Heriot Ridge. The weather was cloudy and threatened rain but none materialized, and we were even treated to occasional weak sun behind the clouds. Starting at the Hopespring trailhead, we walked up to the height of land, then headed south off-trail along the bluffs of Heriot Ridge. Our first stop was the location of the new North Island communication tower. From there we dropped off the south end of the ridge and proceeded through the woods to High Bluff viewpoint where we stopped for a break and snack. The Vancouver Island mountains were hidden from view, but we had closer views of Gowlland Harbour and Georgia Strait to the west and south. We returned north along the ridge’s open bluffs at a lower elevation, stopping to admire a rare grand old Douglas fir tree and wonder about a large pile of feathers, probably belonging to an unfortunate grouse. Back at Hopespring Trail, we headed north along Heriot Ridge Trail, and were treated to a frog chorus at a small wetland along the way. We connected to the Thompson Trail and proceeded down the trail to Thompson Road.
Six hikers went to the end of Leishman Road and up the woodlot road to a spot by the bridge to park. There is large, gnarled, old growth fir near here that is worth looking at. We hiked up the old road to where it joins the official trail at the beaver pond. The beaver lodge shows well this time of year. We turned right and went up to Blindman’s Bluff trail. The trail is in good shape but one needs to watch as to not wander off it. There has not been much traffic on it so moss has grown on much of it. It was a mixed cloud and sun day so the views were spectacular over Gowlland Harbour and south. The wind was chilly though so we sat out of the open to have lunch.
After lunch we continued back to Eagle Ridge Trail and up to the top of it. There were great views over Discovery Passage. We then returned via the same route to the vehicles.
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|Destination||Stramberg Old Growth Grove|
|Date||18 April 2018, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Debbie Quigg|
|Contact Infofirstname.lastname@example.org or 285-3710. Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.|
|Description||This trail begins near Village Bay Lake and follows open meadows leading into and through the forest on old, unmaintained logging roads. The reward at the end of the hike is a grove of old growth firs. This is not an official trail. Expect blow-down and brush. About 13 km; 5 hours or more.|
|Meeting Place||Heriot Bay store parking lot, to arrange carpools|
||moderate, due to unmaintained trail and quite long|
|Dogs?||okay if under control|
|Notes:||Bring lunch and water.|
Three hikers and one dog enjoyed a lovely 2½ walk in the woods. Because Daphne wanted to add lots of steps on her FitBit, the coordinator ensured this would happen by going the wrong way, not once, but twice. We began at the Hopespring entrance, continued past the three sisters on to the grove of old growth. We then headed up the trail, supposedly toward the Thompson trail, which actually took us close to Rousseau Ridge, adding about half an hour to the total trip. According to the FitBit we took about 14,000 steps.
Thanks to Sandra and Vic for the photos.
|Destination||Miracle Beach and Salmon Point|
|Date||28 March 2018, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Les Hand|
|Contact Info||285-2029. Please contact coordinator 2 days ahead as schedule may change.|
|Description||We will drive to Miracle Beach and walk along the ocean to Black Creek. This is a short 3.5 km walk up the creek and thru the campground. We will then drive to Salmon Point and have lunch.
Afterward we will do the 7 km walk along the ocean to Oyster River and back. This goes by a Ducks Unlimited area so is good for bird watching.
|Meeting Place||Quathiaski ferry terminal|
|Departure Time||Early enough for 10:00 ferry car-pooling|
|Costs||The shared ferry, fuel cost and your lunch. Their menu is online.|
|Dogs?||Must be on a leash due to the birds.|
|Notes:||This is along the ocean so not a good walk for heavy wind and/or rain.|
|Destination||Eagle Ridge and Blindman’s Bluff|
|Date||14 Mar 2018, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Les Hand|
|Contact Info||285-2029 or email@example.com. Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.|
|Description||Eagle Ridge trail has wetlands as well as rocky bluffs for views of Discovery Passage. We will then go to Blindman’s Bluff for more open views.|
|Meeting Place||Heriot Bay store parking lot.|
|Dogs?||Yes, but no back and forth through group|
|Notes:||Please contact coordinator before trip as may be changed due to bad weather.|