Trip Report – Beaver Lake and Open Bay Creek – 29 June 2022

Our group of seven parked on Hyacinthe Bay Rd and followed the flagged trail through a mossy and open swale, over a ridge and down to Beaver Lake.  After rounding Beaver Lake on the south, we crossed the creek and stopped for elevenses on a rocky bluff above the lake.  We continued through the transition zone of a recent cut block and then followed the path descending along the creek draining Beaver Lake.  We stopped at a water fall and took a short side trip on an old logging road now covered in moss and grass.  We continued more steeply down to the junction of the creek with Open Bay creek and stopped for lunch.  The route then followed a well maintained trail upstream along Open Bay Creek. This passes through a mature forest often on a high bluff with great views of the meandering creek.  We saw a number of interesting plants along the way.  Since we had arranged a car shuffle, we drove back from the junction of Open Bay Creek and Bold Point Road.  5.7 km; 3 hours.  

Debbie
 

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Notes on the plants:
The gnome plant or Hemitomes congestum is quite rare, though found over a large territory in dense forests.  It is the only member of its genus.   It lacks chlorophyll and cannot carry out photosynthesis.  Instead the gnome plant gets nutrients directly from fungi.

Menzies’ pipsissewa or Chimaphila menziesii is also quite rare and found over a large territory in dense forests.  ‘Pipsissewa is a Cree name meaning “it breaks into small pieces” in reference to the leaves, which are thought to help dissolve kidney stones.’

Hiking – Beaver Lake and Open Bay Creek – 29 June 2022

Trip Report – Hyacinthe Creek – 28 June 2022

Our group of seven worked for about 1½ hours cutting brush and clearing the first leg of the South Chinese Mountain trail before lunch.  We then went to see the new Hyacinthe Creek trail which was build over the winter.  This very short and easy loop includes some beautiful trees, a bench, an excellent trail with amazing stone work, three viewing platforms and the lovely Hyacinthe Creek.  We had lunch grouped around one of the platforms.  It was cool and peaceful by the creek under the dappled light of the trees.  400m, 3/4 hour

Debbie
 

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Work party and Hike – Chinese Mtn and Hyacinthe Creek Trail – 28 June 2022

Hiking – Manzanita Bluff – 27 July 2022

Activity Hiking
Destination Manzanita Bluff and Darkwater Lake
Date 27 July, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710  Please contact the coordinator by Monday night.
Description Manzanita Bluff is an amazing viewpoint toward the north end of Discovery Passage.  It’s quite a long drive on logging roads and about 250m uphill without a trail, but the view is worth it.  The best route is through relatively open forest with some mature Douglas fir.  We will make the side trip to Darkwater Lake after the hike and swimming is an option.  About 5.6 km; 4¾ hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot.  We will drive out in a group.  All- or four-wheel drive vehicles with some clearance are recommended for the drive.
Departure Time 9:00
Difficulty
Moderate, quite short but no trail.
Costs None
Trip limits None
Dogs? No.
Notes: Bring lunch, poles if you use them, bathing suit if you want to swim  This is a trip better done in good weather and would be postponed if the forecast is poor.

Hiking – Chauntaluf Farm to Open Bay – 28 July 2022

Activity Hiking
Destination Chauntaluf Farm to Open Bay
Date 28 July 2022,  Thursday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg and Heather Kellerhals
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710; please contact the coordinator by Tuesday night
Description Heather Kellerhals has generously arranged for us to hike from the family property through to a private property on Open Bay.  This will be a relatively short hike, but an unusual opportunity.  There is the possibility of side trips on the return to Coast Mountain Lookout or the Pond.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store parking lot to convoy to the property.  We will limit the number of cars parking on the farm.
Departure Time 11:00
Difficulty
Easy
Costs None
Trip limits 10
Dogs? No – not allowed on the farm
Notes: Bring lunch

Hiking – Morte Lake Loop – 20 July 2022

Activity Hiking
Destination Around Morte Lake
Date 20 July, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 285-2029 or lhquadra@gmail.com  Please contact coordinator by Monday evening.
Description We will go around Morte Lake with the possibility of a swim if nice
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot
Departure Time 10:00; may change to 9 if hot
Difficulty
Easy to moderate
Costs None
Trip limits 10
Dogs? O.K. but must go back and forth thru group
Notes: Bring a lunch

Trip Report – Discovery Passage Bluffs – 22 June 2022

Four of us parked at the official end of Leishmans Rd and continued along it as a forestry road.  After only a very short distance, we turned off onto a flagged path.  The first point of interest is a pair of huge rocks, or one gigantic rock split into two with a narrow walkway between them.  Continuing along the flagged path cleared through salal, we ended up at a splendid viewpoint of Discovery Passage facing south.  And it was a warm, sunny day.  From here we went north, sometimes following deer trails and sometimes walking on the rocky shore (tide dependent).  This whole section has good viewpoints and interesting cairns.  Finally as the grassy meadows that we had been walking through started to turn into forest, we had lunch and then headed up hill.  We climbed the grassy slopes and skirted the occasional rock band.  Once on top of the ridge, we could follow it back down to the south, keeping to open understory.  The east side of this ridge is quite a big cliff, bit it gradually diminishes and it’s easy to rejoin the original logging road.  We stopped to admire the big Douglas fir.   3.1 km; 3 hours

Norris
 

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Hiking – Discovery Passage Bluffs – 22 June 2022

Work Party and Hike – Chinese Mtn and Hyacinthe Creek – 28 June 2022

Activity Work party and Hiking
Destination Chinese Mtn and Hyacinthe Creek
Date 28 June, Tuesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710; please contact the coordinator in advance of the outing.
Description We will cut brush from the South Chinese Mtn trailhead to the start of the bluff.  Then we will go a short distance down the Hyacinthe Bay Rd to the new trail along the Creek with viewing platforms.
The Trail Committee provides tools.  Bring your own gloves, and your own tools if you prefer them.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot to organize tools and carpool to the trailhead
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Moderate work then a short, easy hike
Costs None
Trip limits 10
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring lunch.  If you have a packable folding chair, you might bring it for lunch on or around the platforms.

Trip Report – Rousseau Ridge Loop – 15 June 2022

Our group of eight started at the trailhead for North Gowlland Trail and hiked quickly up to Rousseau Ridge.  From there we followed a flagged route descending toward Gowlland Harbour Rd, with a few short steep sections.  This is a very lovely hike over open, mossy bluffs with great views of Discovery Passage and the Vancouver Island mountains, which were in cloud for us.  We stopped for a lunch break on a bluff overlooking North Gowlland Harbour, noticing that the wreck off of May island was visible due to the very low tide.  We continued undulating down to a logging road heading east and then picked up a flagged route over lower, but still open bluffs taking us back to North Gowlland Trail.  We enjoyed the three very old Douglas firs, the Three Sisters, on the way back to make our loop.  We were concerned about rain in the forecast, but instead the day improved as we hiked.  6.7 km; 3¼ hours.

Debbie
 
Thanks to Norris and Carrie for the photos.
 

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Hiking – Rousseau Ridge Loop – 15 June 2022

Trip Report – Main Lake Provincial Park – 11-13 June 2022

This was supposed to be an easy start to the camping season, spending a few days at the Main Lake Provincial Park.  But the weather forecasters didn’t cooperate.  Instead of early summer, we were given early spring.  Looking on the bright side, there were no crowds.  Actually the weather turned out better than expected.  No rain at all, warm enough during the day.  We did postpone the trip by two days to avoid the atmospheric river.

Saturday – First surprise – the lake level was far higher than expected, higher than we had seen it during the winter.  It’s been a rainy spring.  We paddled 40 minutes (3.4 km) to Howard’s campsite and set up the camp.  We then paddled another 10 minutes (0.5 km) to the Bay campsite and changed into hiking boots.  We followed the stream up from the campsite to a small lake and back (3.6 km; 3¾ hours).  There are some very nice waterfalls along the way and some impressive trees.  We now know that the best route on the upper section is between the stream and the canyon wall on the east.  For the lower section it’s not clear what the best route through a flat boggy area is.  Then a 10 minute paddle back to camp for a relaxing evening.

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Sunday – The wind shifted to northwest.  We were joined by Les for the day.  We paddled over to the channel between Main Lake and Little Main Lake and through the willows.  Where Stramberg Creek joins Shadow Brook Creek, we decided to land, have lunch and stretch our legs since it was windy on Little Main Lake and there were few places to get out of the kayaks.  We explored where there used to be squatters..  The very high water levels made it easy to get through to Little Main after lunch.  In the lake we saw a beaver swimming .  We paddled back to Main Lake, parted with Les and returned to Howard.  (10.5 km; 3 hours)  Later in the afternoon we hiked up the ridge north of the campsite, which has steep cliffs on the east and west.  This was a pleasant hike through open forest with some big trees and views.  (2.0 km; 1½ hours)  It was still windy through the night with a super almost-full moon.

Monday –  We packed up the camp and paddled to East Beach campsite.  (1.3 km; 20 min)  We changed to hiking boots for a hike to Yeatman Bay on Okisollo Channel.  The stream was a problem to cross, so we used an old logging bridge a bit up from the campsite.  At the Bay, it was a very low tide, so took the opportunity to we walk out to what is often an island and back to the campsite for lunch (3.6 km; 1½ hours), and then paddled back to the Mine Lake boat launch.  (4.0 km; 1 hour).  As we began to drive home, the rain started.

Norris

Multi-day paddling, hiking, camping – Main Lake Prov Park – 11-13 June 2022

Hiking – Rousseau Ridge Loop – 15 June 2022

This is a substitution for the scheduled Mine Lake Bluff loop

Activity Hiking
Destination Rousseau Ridge Loop
Date 15 June, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description We will start from the North Gowlland road and hike the Gowlland Harbour trail to Rousseau Ridge.  We will take a flagged route and logging road to circle back to the Gowlland Harbour trail and back to the vehicles.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot to convoy to the trailhead
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Moderate
Costs None
Trip limits 8
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring snacks/lunch; hiking poles if you use them.