Trip Report – Eagle Ridge and Beyond Loop – 27 Nov 2019

Thirteen of us did the Eagle Ridge and Beyond loop on a crisp, frosty, sunny day.  After crossing the creek where the culverts washed out, we started with the “beyond” part, going up the mossy open ridge (in the warm sun) one ridge north of Eagle Ridge.  Then we descended down the open bands on the south side of that ridge and switched over to beneath the impressive cliffs of Eagle Ridge.  Then the route winds through a gap in the cliff defences and emerges at the top.  We had lunch at the Eagle Ridge summit, enjoying the views, and then took the trail back down, with a stop at the viewpoint overlooking the beaver ponds.  5.6 km, 3¼ hours.


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Hiking – Eagle Ridge Loop – 27 Nov 2019

Trip Report – Haskin’s Farm & Environs – 20 Nov 2019

On a sunny, cold morning 13 hikers and 3 dogs set out on the very familiar (to most) Haskin’s Farm trail. After quickly arriving at the beach and enjoying the mid-fall sunshine it was decided that we would visit the big trees along the beach trail, ascend to the top of the bluff and then explore the new trails. We forest bathed under the big Douglas firs then back-tracked to the switchbacks, regrouped and headed along the new trail that skirts the bluff, checked out the man made pond that is part of the new Golf Club development, walked the new trail through the future subdivision and eventually sat down for lunch at the clubhouse picnic tables and basked in the sunshine. Several hikers headed back to their cars and several headed around the golf course, bushwacked for 10 minutes, regained the Haskin’s Farm logging road close to the Todd’s Trail sign, and finished off our 3 hour outing. The new trails are a welcome addition to this classic Quadra hike. 8.5 km, 3 hours.


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Hiking – Haskin’s Farm Loop – 20 Nov 2019

Hiking – Deepwater & Seymour Shoulder Loop – 18 December 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Deepwater & Seymour Shoulder Loop
Date 18 Dec 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info or 285-3710.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description We will either walk or drive up Deepwater Main from the Granite Bay Rd.  Then we will walk up a steep old logging road on the NW side of Mt Seymour.  From there the road contours around the N side of Mt Seymour, with views to the N, then it descends back down to Granite Bay Rd.  About 10.4 km and 4 hours if we walk the whole loop.  If we do a car shuffle, it will be a couple km shorter.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot, to arrange carpools
Departure Time 10:00
Moderate, due to elevation gain and eroded logging roads in places
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay if under control
Notes: Bring lunch , gear for the weather and poles if you use them

Hiking – Surge Narrows – 11 Dec 2019

If the weather is poor, this hike will be postponed and a shorter destination will be substituted.

Activity Hiking
Destination Surge Narrows
Date  11 Dec 2019
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 3798.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description We will drive to the end of the Surge Narrows Road and hike along the undulating, relatively short trail to the rocky bluffs overlooking the Narrows.  The current will not be running strongly.  We will then continue on the unmaintained route to a small bay.  It’s unlikely that the tide will be low enough to reach the island.  (Low tide at 11:05 – 3.7m; 10:07 – slack current, 12:48 – max flood 5.4 kt))
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
The official trail is moderate but short; the route is more challenging
Costs none
Trip limits
Dogs? Dogs must not run through the group and would need to be particularly disciplined on the route
Notes: Bring  lunch and gear for the weather


Trip Report – Shellaligan Pass Loop – 13 Nov 2019

We had a big group of 14 people for this classic hike. The weather was overcast, but good for hiking.  We parked on Valdez Road and walked the logging road to the shorter loop trailhead. We hiked clockwise through the new and the old forest to Village Bay where we stopped for a short break.  We continued on the rocky trail with moss, lichen and water views.  We stopped again for lunch on the rocky bluffs at the corner of Village Bay and Hoskyn Channel where we enjoyed the view of the calm water and migrating ducks.  We  continued on the trail overlooking Hoskyn Channel stopping briefly at the small cove and then hiking back along the logging road to the vehicles.  6.7 km, 3 hours.

Julie Mellanby

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Hiking – Shellaligan Loop – 13 Nov 2019

Hiking – Maud Island- 1 Apr 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Maud Island
Date 1 Apr 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Sandra Burns
Contact Info or 3977.  Please do not call after 8:00pm.  Contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description Hike to Maud Island through varied forest and terrain.  We will do a loop passing over the shoulder of  Mt. Lolo, crossing the causeway to Maud Island, enjoying views of Seymour Narrows, and returning by the salt water lagoon.  Allow 5 hours, including driving, for this walk of approximately 10km.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30
Costs none
Trip limits 12
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring lunch, poles if you use them and gear for the weather.  We don’t usually do this trip in very poor weather.

Hiking – Reed Lake Loop – 11 Mar 2020

Activity Hiking
Destination Reed Lake Loop
Date 11 Mar 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Janis McLean
Contact Info 285-3614.  Please contact the coordinator prior to the trip departure.
Description We start at Reed Lake on Walcan Road, hike south on Straight-as-a-Dime, east on Backdoor Trail and north down Dick’s Ride to the large beaver-dammed lake (variously called Yellow Mud, Nighthawk, Hilda’s or Wood Duck Lake). Hiking along the lake, we follow Yellow Mud Trail northwest back to Reed Lake. If the weather is good and hikers are keen, we could expand this loop to include Silk Stockings and Little Black Dress.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Easy but trail on bluffs could be slippery.
Costs None
Trip limits 10
Dogs? Yes, under owner’s control
Notes: Hiking stick(s) are useful on the rock bluffs, lunch and rain gear.  Time – 3 hours.