Trip Report – Mt. Seymour – 14 Oct 2019

The Mt. Seymour hike was moved forward to Thanksgiving Monday to avoid the deluge forecast for Wednesday, and Monday turned out to be a great hiking day.  Eight of us made a quick trip to the summit, stopping at the three viewpoints for a nearly 360° view.  The summit was clear with a good view of the clouds approaching the other mountains all around.  The southeast breeze was cool, so we headed back down after a quick lunch.  Les provided tailgate apple crisp when we got back to the vehicles.  8.0km; 470m elevation gain; 3¾ hours.


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Hiking – Mt. Seymour – 14 Oct 2019


Trip Report – Kay du Bois Loop – 9 Oct 2019

We had a beautiful fall day for eight of us and four dogs to hike along the eastern Quadra shoreline and through woodlot trails.  We sat on the beach for a snack and were lucky to see two humpback whales passing by.  2 hours.

Trip Report – Hope Spring-Thompson Trail Loop – 2 Oct 2019

We had six people and two dogs for this hike, as well as a WWOOFer from Belgium.  The walk was lovely and dry through forest to see stands of first growth Douglas fir.  We passed by wetlands, along a creek following the undulating trail.  We had lunch on the northern bluff, with a good view for a cloudy October day.  There were lots of colourful mushroom along the way and some were collected for dinner.

Trip Report – Beech’s Mountain Loop – 18 Sept 2019

Seven hikers enjoyed what turned out to be a splendid day, after heavy rain the day and night before. The hike began via the South Chinese trailhead in the fog, following the low cloud almost to the top. Here the skies broke into sunshine at the large open east-facing bluff where the group had peekaboo views of the Coast Mountains. From there the weather continued to improve to full sunshine. After turning off the South Chinese Mountain trail, Beech’s trail follows a series of rock bluffs between fir and hemlock forested sections, with arguably the best views of any trail on the Island.

After lunch at the east viewpoint and a brief stop at the top, the group continued on a route only, descending the north side and dropping down to an old logging road. After about fifteen minutes on the road, we followed a convoluted route over another series of bluffs which brought us to the North Chinese Mountain trail. From here, it was a straightforward walk down the steep trail to the parking lot. Even though the sun was shining in the afternoon, extra care was taken on the steep bluff sections since the rock was very wet and slippery. The second half of this loop is not recommended unless hiking with someone who knows the route down the far side of Beech’s Mountain. 6.2 km; 340 elevation gain; total time four hours.


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Hiking – Beech’s Mtn Loop- 18 Sept 2019

Hiking – North Gowlland Loop – 30 Oct 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination North Gowlland Loop
Date 30 Oct 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will use bike trails, logging roads and a bit of official hiking trail to make this loop on both sides of North Gowlland Road: Marlow’s Road Climb, North Gowlland Trail, Missing Link, Little Black Dress, Back Door, Cash Only and Lady Lumps.  If the weather is good we will visit Rousseau Ridge.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay if they don’t run through the group
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for the weather.

Trip Report – Maud Island – 11 Sept 2019

Six hardy souls prepared for rain and began the lovely stroll through the forest before reaching the rockier trails. Recent rains had helped the mosses to pop out in colour, but possibly the most stunning visuals were the fungi. Many we were able to identify, but a small, white cauliflower shaped fungi with shiny red and black markings was unknown and stunning.  

Lunch and a rest at the lookout is always entertaining, watching various boats pass by, especially with so many whirlpools gathering below in Seymour Narrows.  We could see rain coming and so after half an hour, began to return to the cars, only getting drizzled on along the way. The rocky parts of this trail are tricky when wet, so we were all very careful and arrived safely.  A lovely hike, as always.  10.0 km; 4 hours for walking and lunch with a one hour drive.


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Hiking – Maud Island – 11 Sept 2019

Hiking – Rebecca Spit Loop – 30 Oct 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Rebecca Spit Loop
Date 30 October 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info or 3710.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description We will visit the Sasquatch and then continue to Paddy’s Lagoon.  We will follow some unofficial trails that loop out and then circle back to the campground.  We will explore the recent improvements to Drew Creek.  If we then continue to the end of the Spit, the hike is about 8km.
Meeting Place Rebecca Spit parking lot just past the gate on the right by the water at the south end of the park.
Departure Time 10:00
Costs none
Trip limits none
Notes: Expect some mud on the way to Paddy’s Lagoon.  Bring a snack and gear for the weather.