Trip Report – Haskin Farm & Golf Course Loop – 14 Nov 2018

Nine of us and three dogs didn’t mind the wet morning.  Although the night was stormy, the day was mostly dry and partly sunny.  We hiked through the forest and meadow on the Haskin Farm trail, down the switchbacks to the beach.  We enjoyed the fresh air, maple leaves thick on the trail, and the waves breaking on the shore.  We continued along the shore, appreciating the few old growth trees.  The golf course was quiet and very green.  There were Bald Eagles and a Red Tailed Hawk close by.  A lovely, easy walk.  5.3 km; 1½  hours.

Julie Mellanby

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Hiking – Haskin Farm & Golf Course Loop – 14 Nov 2018

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Trip Report – Big Tree Woodlot Loop – 31 Oct 2018

On a overcast and drizzling day 11 hikers decided to check out Benner’s woodlot. He has put up a newly painted sign that shows most of the roads in his woodlot. This is easy hiking and good for rainy days. We started at the sign and proceeded to Open Bay Main. From there we headed toward Stramberg Lake. Once in the park we found the creek was flooded over the trail so made a slight detour around. At the lake the level of water was so high from recent rains that the trail to the bluff was submerged. A few brave souls scrambled up the rocks to still get a view down the lake. We then proceeded back to the first opening for lunch. After lunch all hiked back around and came out on Village Bay road and then back to the vehicles. 8.3 km and 2½ hours not counting lunch break.

Les

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Hiking – Big Tree Woodlot Loop – 31 Oct 2018

Hiking – Backdoor/Yellow Mud Loop – 28 Nov 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Backdoor/Yellow Mud Loop
Date 28 Nov 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 3614.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Starting at Reed Lake, we will go south on Straight as a Dime, turn east on Back Door over the rock bluffs and down to the variously named lake with the large beaver dam.  From here we return along the Yellow Mud trail to Reed Lake.  The loop should take no more than two hours at a leisurely pace.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling.
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy to moderate (on wet bluffs)
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay under owner’s control
Notes: Bring lunch or a snack, raingear and a hiking pole for slippery bluffs.

Trip Report – Shellaligan Loop – 7 Nov 2018

Nine hikers and a dog enjoyed this classic hike on a beautiful, sunny, fall day.  We hiked from Valdez Rd, down the logging road and along the rocky shoreline on Hoskyn Channel.  We stopped for a lunch/snack on the rocky bluff at the entrance to Village Bay, overlooking the calm waters with views of the outer islands and mainland mountains.  We were entertained by a sea lion, harlequin ducks and a flock of sea birds.  We shared yummy Belgian brownies before continuing along the shoreline into Village Bay, up the hill, through the forest and back along the logging road to the vehicles.  6.9 km; 2¾ hours.

Julie Mellanby

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Hiking – Shellaligan Loop – 7 Nov 2018

Hiking – Kay du Bois Loop – 21 Nov 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Kay du Bois Loop
Date 21 Nov 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Jullie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will start at the trailhead at the end of Sutil Road and hike along the official (and newly renovated) trail and through logging roads on the adjoining woodlot.
Meeting Place Kay du Bois trailhead at the end of Sutil Road.
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty Easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Must not run through the group
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.

Hiking – Haskin’s Farm Loop – 14 Nov 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Haskin’s Farm Loop
Date 14 Nov 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will follow the Haskin’s Farm trail to the beach and pass by some great old growth trees before walking through the gently rolling paths on the golf course.
Meeting Place Haskin’s Farm trailhead
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty
Easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Must not run through the group.
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.

Trip Report – Rebecca Spit Loop – 24 Sept 2018

Heavy rain had been forecast for over a week for Wednesday, so we thought we would do this simple trip.  In the end, it didn’t rain, so that was a bonus.  Seven of us started at the south Rebecca Spit parking lot by the shore and walked the short distance south to see the Sasquatch.  The excellent driftwood sculpture by Alex Whitcombe of Driftwood Creations is life sized and convincing.  We continued on to Paddy’s Lagoon and the memorial, and walked further to the open driftwood cabin at the end of the lagoon.  From there we followed the new trail up the hill and through the forest, crossing Heriot Bay Rd and following the old logging roads in a loop out and back to the road.  We walked along the shore by the campground and then made the classic loop to the end of the Spit and back in the park.

This short hike has lots of variety and points of interest along the way.  The maple leaves were at their peak.  The trail is mostly very good and the forest is varied – a lovely, gentle walk.  8.0 km; 2¼ hours.

Debbie

Thanks to Norris and Les for photos

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Hiking – Rebecca Spit Loop – 24 Oct 2018