Trip Report – Main Lake from Surge Narrows Rd- 13 June 2019

Seven members and two dogs hiked the path from the Surge Narrows Road to Main Lake.  The route was dry and in good condition, with the usual deadfall trees to climb over, under, or go around.  It was cool in the shade of the forest.  The forest has several notable big Fir trees and an open understory.  After lunch at the lake, four of us walked to Yeatman Bay, three of us stayed at the beach to swim and nap.  The dogs split up.  We saw a mink emerge from Yeatman Bay and run into the forest.  At the Main Lake beach we were out of the wind, but we could see lots of whitecaps further out.  9.8 km; 4½ hours.

Norris

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Hiking – Main Lake from Surge Narrows Rd- 13 June 2019

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Trip Report – Mine Lake Bluff – 5 June 2019

Seven hikers headed out in mixed weather. It had rained earlier but the trail had dried up and the lake level was low. We stopped at Camp Homewood to look at their new dock and cabin then proceeded up the hill. The rocks on the steep portion were dry which greatly helps the climb up. There were overcast skies at the top but the views were great. During lunch a dark cloud blew in and let loose a deluge for 20 minutes that soaked us. As it slowed down we descended down the back side of the hill. The huge maple by the cliff is always impressive. By the time we returned to the vehicles there were sunny breaks. All in all it was a good hike. 5 km, 3½ hours

Les

Thanks to Les for the photos

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Hiking – Mine Lake Bluff – 5 June 2019

Trip Report – Village Bay – 29 May 2019

Six kayakers put in at Len Road and across a low tide exposed beach on a beautiful spring morning – sunny and warm. Because we found ourselves in very calm conditions as we crossed Hyacinthe Bay, and with the forecast not calling for significant wind until late afternoon, we made the decision to add Dunsterville Islet to our itinerary. It took about an hour to reach the islets and we decided to land on the smaller of the two to explore and have a short break. We found excellent campsites, a profusion of wildflowers of many kinds, a pair of oystercatchers and the inevitable plastic junk. An hour later (not such a short break) with two hatches full of trash and many flower photos taken, we headed back across a still calm Hoskyn Channel with our sights set on Village Bay and lunch. The views in all directions were fabulous and only slightly obscured by smoke from very distant forest fires. We thought about going a little further on to Crescent Channel but time and hunger kept us on track for the beach, on Wei Wai Kai land, at the head of Village Bay. As we ate lunch in the hot sun and sheltered by the small island just offshore, the afternoon wind was picking up and we could see the water sparkling off in the distance. One brave swimmer tried the water.  We put in at 1300 and headed south into a rising tide and increasing southerly wind. The sparkly waves in the middle of Hoskyn soon sprouted whitecaps and we had a very different afternoon paddle. The changed conditions gave us some variety in our day and allowed one of the group to give her brand new kayak a good test. We took the seas broadside as we crossed Open Bay and then had the tide and the wind help us cruise into Hyacinthe and into the beach, now much closer to the parked vehicles. 17.2 km; 5½ hours.

Vic

Thanks to Norris, Vic and Terry for the photos

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Kayaking – Village Bay – 29 May 2019

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

Kayaking – Main Lake Prov Park – 20 June 2019

This trip was originally scheduled for June 15th

Activity Kayaking
Destination Main Lake Provincial Park
Date 20 June 2019, Thursday
Trip Coordinator Les Hand
Contact Info 2029 or leshand@gicable.com   Be sure and sign up so I can call you if weather changes.
Description We will first cross Mine Lake and paddle the creek to Village Bay Lake. Then we will go to Main Lake. Once there we will decide on a route considering wind. We may go all around or just stick to one end. The plan is to have one short stop before and after lunch. This will add to the time. About 3 hours paddling but trip may take 5 hours.
Meeting Place Mine Lake boat launch; be there by 9:30
Departure Time 10:00 am
Difficulty
Easy as long as the wind is down
Costs none
Trip limits 12
Dogs? no
Notes: Must have all safety equipment as stated by Coast guard. Should also have a spray skirt in case wind comes up.

 

Hiking – Mt Sweat & Coast Mtn Lookout – 19 June 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Mt. Sweat
Date 19 June 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 285-3710. Please contact the coordinator by Monday night.
Description Heather Kellerhals has generously offered to let us hike on her property.  The trip involves some steep sections and some scrambling over rock, but no actual rock climbing, with some good views over the island and mountains.  Three to four hours depending on the loop.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits 12
Dogs? No, this is a farm.
Notes: Bring lunch.

 

Hiking – Main Lake from Surge Narrows Rd – 13 June 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Main Lake from Surge Narrows Rd
Date 13 June 2019, Thursday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator in advance.
Description This is a flagged route from the Surge Narrows road, following old logging roads and paths through mature forest to the east end of Main Lake.  The route is not far (about 7.0 km round trip), but quite slow due to rough conditions.  Expect wet sections and some climbing over deadfall.  If the group wants more of a walk, we can continue on to Yeatman Bay, which would be about 10 km round trip.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Tru Value parking lot
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty Moderate due to the rough trail conditions.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch.