Trip Report – Kay du Bois Loop – 30 Jan 2023

Ten intrepid January hikers set out from the WaWaKai end of the Kay Dubois trail. The sky was milky and made a white canopy, the air nippy, and there was a pretty frosting on the fir branches and icicles in the ditches.  Our group followed the trail that turned right at the big tree and looped up the hill, following the logging trails to meet eventually with Cedar Road. We returned via Smiths Road back to warm up at the cabin of 665 WaWaKai Road. Many thanks to all who joined in!  (6.3 km; 2 hours walking)

Amanda

Many thanks to Amanda for her warm hospitality and snacks.
 
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Note: Hair ice forms on moist, rotting wood from broadleaf trees when temperatures are slightly under 0 °C (32 °F) and the air is humid.  In the year 2015, German and Swiss scientists identified the fungus Exidiopsis effusa as key to the formation of hair ice.  [Wikipedia]

Hiking – Kay du Bois Loop – 30 Jan 2023

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Trip Report – Plumper Bay – 18 Jan 2023

Since Mt. Washington did not have good conditions for snowshoeing, we substituted a hike to Plumper Bay and ten of us went.  The first half of this hike is along the Morte Lake to Maud Island trail.  This section is always nice.  Everything is covered with deep green moss and the trail is maintained.  The second part of the hike is along the old logging road between Plumber Bay and Mt. Lolo.  This road is still in amazing condition, but it suffers from trees falling across it.  A lot of deadfall.   Mostly not big trees, but it can make an obstacle course.  The route toward Plumber Bay gets cleared occasionally, but it is not “trail” maintained, and it will probably become an active logging road soon.  Right now it is quite clear except for one alder landslide.  The bay at the destination is a very nice picnic site.  Probably soon to be a log dump.  Until then it is well worth a visit.  

We could have had better weather.  The hints of blue sky we started out with turned into rain.  Quite cold rain, but no wind despite the windstorm the previous night.  Nonetheless, we had a good hike and were glad to go.  (6.3 km; 2hours 20 minutes)

Norris

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Hiking – Plumber Bay – 18 Jan 2023

Hiking – Plumper Bay – 18 Jan 2023

Activity Hiking
Destination Plumper Bay
Date 18 Jan, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator in advance.
Description A relatively flat and easy hike on old logging roads. The first part is the same as for going to Maud Island, then instead of turning left, we turn right. The trail is quite gradual down to the water.  Expect winter conditions with branches down and water on the trail.  Also recent logging in the area.  6 km roundtrip, about 2.5 hours including lunch. The destination is a nice grassy meadow on the waterfront of Plumper Bay (the first large bay north of Seymour Narrows). Bring lunch.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot; we will convoy in our cars from there.
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty Easy, but part of the route is unmaintained
Costs none
Trip limits 12
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch.

Trip Report – Rebecca Spit Hot Chocolate Walk – 2 Jan 2023

Eight club members welcomed the New Year with a (very) brisk walk around Rebecca Spit on Monday January 2, making the full loop from the Sasquatch parking lot north to the point, then heading back down via the campground to Heriot Bay road, and back to our cars. We moved to the west side of the Spit to have our Hot Chocolate social out of the light north-east wind.

The trail was surprisingly deserted and only one sailboat (of sorts) was anchored in Drew Harbour. Despite the washout on Heriot Bay Road, the Spit and trails were in good condition.

All New Year’s diet resolutions were postponed until Tuesday as we enjoyed our sweet snacks and hot chocolate (many thanks to Les and Diana for the delicious treats).  (6.1 km; 1.5 hours walking)

Valerie van Veen

 
Thanks to Valerie and Norris for the photos


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Hiking – Rebecca Spit Hot Chocolate Walk – 2 Jan 2023

Snow – Mt. Washington – 8 Feb 2023

This outing was originally scheduled for the week of January 18th

Activity Snowshoeing
Destination Mt. Washington nordic
Date 8 Feb
Trip Coordinator Valerie van Veen
Contact Info Vvv@qisland.ca, 250 285 2329; 778 242 5774
Description Never snowshoed and would like to try, or want to get back into winter sport mode… this trip to the Paradise Meadow trails at Mt Washington is for you. These trails are all maintained, tracked  (thus the charge) and well-signed so all we have to do is enjoy ourselves. The trails wind through woods and over the meadows, with beautiful views to the surrounding mountains, and vary from easy and mostly flat to more hills. We will start with the easy trail, doing more if/as the group wishes. Weather permitting, we will stop for a lunch break on the trail, bring lunch and a waterproof sit-upon as we will be sitting in snow. And be sure to bring water…snowshoeing at altitude is a good workout, even on the easier trails. Snowshoe rentals and a cafeteria at Raven Lodge, the Nordic centre. Bring poles if you wish. Expect to be back on the 4:30 ferry.
Meeting Place QI Ferry terminal, carpooling to be determined
Departure Time 9 am ferry *** note new schedule will be in effect on the 18th!
Difficulty
Easy trail to start
Costs Transportation costs and trail pass, adult $13, Snowshoe rental, full day, $21.
Trip limits None
Dogs? No
Notes: MUST confirm interest in this trip by Monday Feb 6 at 5 pm.
If you are renting, consider booking ahead on the Mt W website (call me if you have trouble navigating their site) You will need waterproof, comfortable boots or hiking boots and gaiters, or you can rent gaiters as well. Bring your own poles if you wish.
Please contact me if you have not snowshoed , or have not snowshoed at Mt W, before and have any questions or concerns about this trip.

Trip Report – Village Bay Main – 30 Dec 2022

Nine of us set out in rain gear for this rainy-day walk.  As it turned out, it didn’t rain.  And it wasn’t even windy.  It was just a simple, pleasant walk in the woods on a quiet logging road: Village Bay Main.  There were a few alders fallen across the road, but no problems.  We took the short trail that connects to the logging road which accesses the Shellaligan trail system and then returned to the vehicles.  After that, we made a quick visit to the big Douglas fir trees near pole 37 on Valdez Road.  (7.4 km; 2 hours, plus 200 m and 10 minutes for the tree)

Norris

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Hiking – A Logging Road – 30 Dec 2022

Hiking – A Logging Road – 30 Dec 2022

 

Activity Hiking
Destination A Logging Rd
Date 30 Dec, Friday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710  
Description This is an easy walk in the woods.  We will walk a logging road which connects the Bold Point/Surge Narrows Rd and Valdez Rd.  It is in the Shellaligan/Village Bay area, but not really part of the trails there.  It is relatively flat and straight.  No views, but it’s probably going to be a rainy day anyway.  This can be done as an out-and-back or a walk through with a car shuffle.  Or part of the Shellaligan trail system could be added, depending on the weather and the group.  Out-and-back would be about 7 km.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy
Costs None
Trip limits None
Dogs?  
Notes: Expecting rain.  Bring gear for the weather and maybe a snack or lunch .

Trip Report – Cape Mudge Trails – 21 Dec 2022

The hike that was originally scheduled was postponed because the cold, snow and ice made it impractical.  We substituted a much easier outing at a lower elevation to avoid the sketchy trail conditions.  It was great to have 10 people participate on short notice for this solstice hike with some excellent sunshine and views.  We met at the Cape Mudge Lighthouse parking and walked near the shore to the Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge and into the forest to the east.  After crossing the dramatic canyon, we came out on sunny, snowy bluffs with great views of Wilby Shoal and Georgia Strait.  We circled back into the forest, crossing the creek and following along the west side of the canyon. 

After returning to the Lighthouse, most of us carried on along the Discovery Passage shoreline. The trail passes through a campground and continues north along the shore to the Cape Mudge village.  There are great views and trees along the way.  The wind was quite bracing, but it was mostly invigorating.   

These trails are on the lands of the We Wai Kai nation and we thank them for letting us and others use them.  7.3 km; 2 hours

Debbie

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Hiking – Cape Mudge Trails – 21 Dec 2022

Hiking – Cape Mudge Trails – 21 Dec 2022

 

Activity Hiking
Destination Cape Mudge trails
Date 21 Dec, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info dmquigg@gmail.com or 3710  
Description Starting at the lighthouse we will walk to Tsa-Kwa-Luten.  From there we will hike the forest and bluff trail. After returning to the lighthouse we can walk to the village along the shore.  This will be about two hours if we do both short hikes.
Meeting Place Cape Mudge lighthouse parking lot
Departure Time 13:00
Difficulty
Easy
Costs None
Trip limits None
Dogs?  
Notes: Come prepared for the cold and snow on the ground.

Hiking – Rebecca Spit – 2 Jan 2023

 

Activity Hiking
Destination Rebecca Spit Hot Chocolate Walk
Date 2 January 2023, Monday
Trip Coordinator Valerie Van Veen
Contact Info 250 285 2329 vvv@qisland.ca
Description HAPPY NEW YEAR walk … celebrate the New Year with a brisk, short walk with old, and new, friends…. We will meet at the “Sasquatch” parking lot, second right turn after the Provincial Park Info Board to east side parking lot (call if you need help with these directions). We will walk north to the end of the Spit, then south, through the campground to Heriot Bay Road, then back to our cars for snacks/refreshments. A “Hot Chocolate” Walk … you are welcome to bring any Christmas leftovers for sharing.
Meeting Place “Sasquatch” parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy
Costs None
Trip limits None
Dogs? Must not run through group; must be under control; dogs and owners will go ahead of group
Notes: Must confirm with coordinator by SUNDAY, 9 pm; cancelled if dangerous driving conditions or weather.  Coordinator will notify registered participants by 9 am Monday morning if trip cancelled.