Trip Report – Thompson/B&B Trail loop – 22 May 2019

Seven hikers and Kona (the dog) enjoyed a four-hour hike on this loop with a side hike up Eileen’s Bluff. The weather was sunny, high of 26°C, with a slight NW breeze which was welcome on the open ridge bluffs. Starting at the Thompson trailhead, we hiked to the first viewpoint, stopping to admire the views to the east and north, and proceeded on a route north down the open ridge, dropped off the ridge at the big moss-covered maple tree and continued on a deer route through the forest to the old B&B trail. After a short distance on this trail, we headed north on a little used trail, at one point crossing a steep gully spanned by a very large old log. At the end of this trail, a rough route climbs west up the open ridge of Eileen’s Bluff to a steep drop-off at the top, overlooking part of John Marlowe’s woodlot. Here we stopped by a small pond for a snack in the shade and admired the view east across the islands to the mainland mountains. Retracing our steps to the B&B trail, we proceeded south up the trail through the cool forest along the stream gully. Along the way the group admired a couple of decaying alder logs lined with pearly-white oyster mushrooms. At the T-junction with Thompson Trail, we proceeded south to the second viewpoint turnoff and followed this trail up to the top of the ridge for our lunch break, with more spectacular views east. Instead of retracing our steps, we followed a sketchy route east and north down the ridge to intersect Thompson Trail near the first viewpoint intersection. From there, it was only a few minutes down the trail to the vehicles on Thompson Road. On the way we watched an ambitious brown-striped garter snake attempting to swallow a full-sized slug.   5.3 km;  3½ hours.

– Janis

Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

Hiking -Thompson/B&B Trail Loop – 22 May 2019

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Trip Report – Shellaligan Pass Loop – 15 May 2019

We had a good group of 11 people and 2 dogs. We parked on Valdez Road and walked the logging road to the shorter loop trailhead. We hiked through the new and the old forest to Village Bay where we stopped for a short break. The day had begun overcast, but cleared to a lovely day. We stopped again to admire the scenery from the rocky bluffs leading into Village Bay before continuing on the trail overlooking Hoskyn Channel. We stopped for lunch on the beach and then hiked back along the logging road to the vehicles.  About 7 km, 2½ hours.

Julie Mellanby

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Hiking – Shellaligan Loop – 15 May 2019

Hiking – Shellaligan Loop – 15 May 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Shellaligan Loop
Date 15 May 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Three different loops are available.  Stay in touch with the coordinator for details.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling.
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty
Easy to moderate.  There are a few rocky bluffs to scramble up and some undulating sections.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Dogs must not run through the group.
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.

Hiking – Beech’s Mtn Loop – 18 Sept 2019

 

Activity Hiking
Destination Beech’s Mountain Loop
Date 18 Sept 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info phone 3614
Description Starting at the Chinese Mountains trailhead, we follow the South Chinese Trail to its juncture with Beech’s Mountain Trail. Along this trail we ascend many steep rock bluffs with spectacular views to the east, west and south from the open bluffs. At the top of Beech’s Mountain, we make a steep descent through the forest to an old rough logging road. Eventually the route veers away from the road onto mossy bluffs with convoluted route-finding using flagging tape. The route connects with the North Chinese Mountain Trail (essentially a steep rubbly old logging road) which we descend to the parking lot.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store parking lot to carpool
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty Moderate to difficult (many steep and potentially slippery bluffs to negotiate, as well as steep rocky logging roads)
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Dogs? Okay if under owner’s control
Notes: Sturdy hiking shoes/boots required. Hiking poles may be helpful. Bring a lunch or snack. Estimated time 3 to 3½ hours. Please read the Outdoor Club Hiking Guidelines before the trip. If you leave a phone message, also leave your phone number in case trip plans change. Hikers who show up without pre-registering may not be allowed on the trip due to group size maximum.

Hiking – Heriot Ridge Loop – 10 July 2019

 

Activity Hiking
Destination Heriot Ridge Loop
Date 10 July 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info phone 3614
Description This loop follows Thompson Trail, then turns south over the bluffs on the Heriot Ridge trail. This trail ends at a nice west-facing viewpoint. After crossing the Hopespring Trail, we continue on a route south on top of Heriot Ridge with more western views, drop steeply into a cool forest and connect to one of the Homewood trails. From there we take a short side trip to High Bluff Viewpoint to enjoy the wide open vistas west to Vancouver Island and south along the Strait. The route returns north along the Ridge’s open bluffs, but at a lower level, intersecting with Hopespring Trail and down to Hopespring Road. A 10 minute road walk takes us back to the Thompson trailhead.
Meeting Place Thompson trailhead on Thompson Road. Carpool if you are able.
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty Easy to moderate (on steep and potentially slippery bluffs)
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Dogs? Okay if under owner’s control
Notes: Sturdy hiking shoes/boots required. Hiking poles may be helpful. Bring a lunch or snack. Estimated time 2½ to 3 hours. Please read the Outdoor Club Hiking Guidelines before the trip. If you leave a phone message, also leave your phone number in case trip plans change. Hikers who show up without pre-registering may not be allowed on the trip due to group size maximum.

Hiking – Thompson-B&B Trail Loop – 22 May 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Thompson-B&B Trail Loop
Date 22 May 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info phone 3614
Description We hike up Thompson Trail, climb to the first viewpoint for views north and east, then descend the mossy bluffs of the open ridge in a northward direction. After the ridge peters out, we follow a deer route through the forest to the B&B Trail. After hiking this for a short distance, we take a side trip to Eileen’s Bluffs, with splendid views east and south from angles not normally see on the island. Backtracking to the B&B Trail, we carry on to Thompson Trail and east on Thompson to the trailhead.
Meeting Place Thompson trailhead on Thompson Road. Carpool if you are able.
Departure Time 9:30 am
Difficulty Easy to moderate (on steep and potentially slippery bluffs)
Costs none
Trip limits 10
Dogs? Okay if under owner’s control
Notes: Sturdy hiking shoes/boots required. Hiking poles may be helpful. Bring a lunch or snack. Estimated time 2½ to 3 hours. Please read the Outdoor Club Hiking Guidelines before the trip. If you leave a phone message, also leave your phone number in case trip plans change. Hikers who show up without pre-registering may not be allowed on the trip due to group size maximum.

Hiking – Ripple Rock Trail – 17 April 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Ripple Rock Trail
Date 17 April 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator about car pooling by Monday night
Description 8 km round trip hike on Ripple Rock Trail, 16 km north of Campbell River.  This is a classic hike through lovely mature forest, along bluffs and up stairs to the overlook of Seymour Narrows. It’s the other bookend to the Maud Island trail.  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? Dogs must not run through the group
Notes: Bring lunch.