Hiking – Morte Lake to Mud Lake loop – 17 Jan 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Mud Lake to Morte Lake loop
Date 17 Jan 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator prior to the trip.
Description This is a substitute trip.  It will be a short hike over a bluff from Mud Lake to Morte Lake.  We will make it a loop by returning via Tripod.  This is a short hike with lots of variety.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Easy, but there’s a hill
Costs none
Trip limits none
Notes: The weather will be appalling so dress for it.  We won’t stop for lunch.

Trip Report – Surge Narrows logging roads – 10 Jan 2018

Ten of us took advantage of the brief break in the rainy weather to explore another part of the island.  We started from near Mine Lake. After a short steep section, the old logging road is pretty flat and open, going through a section of the woodlot in which the re-planted trees are growing nicely.  The forest is quite diverse and some of it is mature with open understory.  We took a short side trip to a trailhead on the Bold Point Road, then had lunch in a nice clearing.  After lunch we bushwhacked a bit and climbed a little bluff with good views all around and continued south to rejoin the Surge Narrows Road, which we walked back to the starting point.   8.3 km; 3½ hours.

– Norris

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Hiking – Surge Narrows logging roads – 10 Jan 2018

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
Short and easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay
Notes: Probably no lunch is necessary. Bring gear for the weather.

Trip Report – Shellaligan Forest Trails – 3 Jan 2018

With crunchy snow underfoot, the thermometer hovering around 0° C, and almost sunny skies overhead, eight members enjoyed an exhilarating tramp through the Shellaligan forest trails on the first Club outing of the New Year. We parked at the second forest parking lot and headed roughly north to the trail junction, returning by the trail/logging road route to the first parking lot, then following the forest road back to our cars. Despite the snow, the trails were very navigable, no need for crampons or snowshoes. As the temperature rose, the occasional ice bomb cascaded down from the treetops. The highlight of the hike was a whale (Humpback?) blowing just offshore as we came down to the seashore beside the aquaculture farm. Tracks in the snow also indicated the possibility of wolves close by. Afterwards hikers were warmed and refreshed with a pleasant social at the coordinator’s house in Open Bay, with many thanks to Janis and Terry for the additional tasty treats!
Time: 2 hours, distance: 5.1 km

Valerie van Veen, trip coordinator

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Hiking – Shellaligan Forest Trails – 3 Jan 2018

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


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
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.