Hiking – Ripple Rock Trail – 10 May 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Ripple Rock Trail
Date 10 May 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Diana
Contact Info 285-3204 or diana@gicable.com.  Contact coordinator about car pooling by May 9.
Description 8 km round trip hike on Ripple Rock Trail, 16 km north of Campbell River. If you have hiked the Maud Island trail on Quadra, this hike shows the Ripple Rock site from the other side of the strait. Bring lunch. Approximate time 4 hours.
Meeting Place Q Cove ferry terminal
Departure Time 9:00 am ferry.  If you are driving, come early for this busy ferry.
Difficulty
Moderate, with some steep sections
Costs Ferry fare
Trip limits None
Dogs? Must be on leash or under control
Notes: Contact coordinator by May 9 to make carpooling arrangements ahead of time so we are not taking too many cars over.

 

Hiking – N Gowlland Hbr Bike Trail Loop – 5 July 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination North Gowlland Harbour bike trail loop
Date 5 July 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 285-3614; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Carpool to North Gowlland Habour Road trailhead. We will traverse a large loop of mountain bike trails, passing by the old copper mining area on Silk Stocking trail, and returning to the vehicles via trails and old logging roads.
3 hours. Bring lunch or snack.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot
Departure Time 9:00
Difficulty
easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Dogs? yes
Notes:

 

Hiking – Beech’s Mtn Loop – 14 June 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Beech’s Mountain Loop
Date 14 June 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 285-3614; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Carpool to Chinese Mountain parking lot. HIke up South Chinese Mountain trail and carry on to Beech’s Mountain summit. From there, we will drop down the far side of Beech’s and follow a route which will bring us to the North Chinese Mountain trail and back to the vehicles.
Time – 3 hours. Bring a lunch or snack.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot
Departure Time 9:00
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Dogs? yes
Notes:

 

Hiking – Hopespring/Homewood Loop – 24 May 2017

Activity Hiking
Destination Hopespring/Homewood Loop
Date 24 May 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 285-3614; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Begins on Hopespring trail, then south on Heriot Ridge, stopping at the new communications tower and carrying on south to High Bluff. From there we follow east High Bluff trail to Homewood Bluff, then drop off the southwest side of the bluff to follow Gowlland trail back to the west High Bluff trail. Then north across a ridge route to Hopespring trail and back to the vehicles.  About 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Meeting Place Hopespring Trailhead on Hopespring Rd.
Departure Time 9:00
Difficulty
easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Dogs? yes
Notes: Bring lunch and appropriate gear.

 

Trip Report – Thompson-B&B Trail Loop – 15 Mar 2017

Six hikers and two dogs, Joe and Luna, enjoyed a three and a half hour hike on a loop which was new to most of the group. The weather was cloudy and mild with no rain. Starting at the Thompson trailhead, we hiked to the first viewpoint and proceeded on a route north down the ridge, dropped off the ridge at the big moss-covered maple tree and continued on a route through the forest to the old B&B trail. We turned up the B&B trail, hiking along the pretty bedrock stream as far as the logging road crossing. The group walked down this road towards North Gowlland Harbour Road. We saw one rough-skinned newt on the road, and more in the water-filled quarry. Not far past the quarry we turned south on a fairly new bike trail leading towards Rousseau Ridge. After climbing the ridge, we took a break to enjoy the view and have lunch. Our return route followed the Gowlland Harbour trail, then the Thompson trail back to the vehicles.

Janis

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Thanks to Stephen for the photos.

Hiking – Thompson & B&B Trails Loop – 15 Mar 2017

Trip Report – Kay du Bois Loop – 1 Mar 2017

 

Four of us had a leisurely walk along the Kay du Bois Loop.  We followed the path along the coast, climbed the hill and hiked Fox Main and descended by the steep, unofficial trail back to the big Sitka Spruce.  The loop was new to many on the trip.  About 1 1/2 hours.

Julie

Hiking – Kay du Bois-Fox Main Loop – 1 Mar 2017

Trip Report – Maud Island – 25 Feb 2017

It was a bright sunny day, although a chilly -2 C, as ten of us headed out to Maud Island. We went the lower route to be on time for the maximum tide. We found the tide to be near slack though, as I had read the wrong chart. Sorry. We did enjoy a snack though in bright sunshine and even saw a sea-lion. The return was via Mt. Lolo. We stopped at an open area to have lunch and enjoy the view. The total time was 4 1/2 hours and about 10.5 km.

Les

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Hiking – Maud Island – 25 Feb 2017