Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 20 Feb 2019

Six of us had another spectacular snowshoe outing to Rampart Hill.  The snow and sunshine have persisted with the arctic high.  There was a cool breeze, but it was warm in the sun.  We had a few clues about the location of a hut from previous outings, and we thought we would go look for it.  We climbed steeply up the open bluffs above the parking area and enjoyed the great views.  We followed the broken trail, undulating and meandering through the knolls in the open.  We stopped for lunch in a sunny, sheltered spot where we were joined by at least six Canada Jays.  We noticed a number of people visiting the next knoll south of us and decided that must be where the hut was.  So we found it perhaps by luck.  After checking out the hut, we descended to a snow-covered logging road and made a loop back to the vehicles.   4.6 km; 2¼ hours.


Thanks to Norris and Les for the photos

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Snow – Mt. Washington – 20 Feb 2019


Snow – Mt Washington – 20 Feb 2019

This trip was substituted for the Morte Lake hike

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 20 Feb 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info or 3710;  please contact the coordinator as soon as possible in order to arrange carpools
Description  Because of the slippery and variable conditions on Quadra, we will take advantage of the snow and sunshine to return to the Mt. Washington area.  The plan is to snowshoe at Rampart Hill.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry terminal to Campbell River.  Car pools need to be arranged in advance.
Departure Time We will decide on Tuesday night whether we are taking the 9:00 or 10:00 ferry, depending on the expected road conditions Wednesday morning.
Not too hard, not more than three hours
Costs Ferry and shared fuel.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring snowshoes, warm clothing and lunch.


Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 13 Feb 2019

Four of us and a dog snowshoed at Ramparts Hill in deep powder.  For the coast, the quality of the snow was exceptional and the sun was glorious.  There were quite a lot of others out enjoying the day and we had our choice of broken or unbroken routes.  We wandered along the open bluffs facing east with views of Sutil Channel and the mainland mountains.  We tried out some steep descents, ascents and had lunch at the top of a knoll before heading back to the car.   6.1 km; 3 hours.


Thanks to Norris for the photos

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Snow – Mt. Washington – 13 Feb 2019

Trip Report – Snowden Forest – 6 Feb 2019

Four club members and two guests, one two-legged and one four-legged, enjoyed a beautiful hike through the Snowden Forest on Feb 6, taking some main trails and several mountain bike trails. Starting out the temperature was about -5 but warmed up to just above freezing later in the morning, full sunshine all day. There was a very light skiff of snow in patches and on exposed areas, frequent frost heaves along the trails, ponds were frozen and Riley Lake nearly so, as determined by our four-footed guest.

We were able to access Snowden Forest via the recently re-opened dam road, considerably reducing the driving time. We parked at the Lost Lake parking lot, headed north on Trimac, then around the east side of Lost Lake, cutting off onto Scotty’s which meandered over the bluffs to the north and west of Lost Lake. We then followed Oggie’s, passing by the west side of Riley Lake. Lunch break was on a small open bluff in the snow. We returned via Trimac again. 2.5 hrs walking, 6 km. We noted the trails to the south and west of Riley Lake for further exploration; with the dam road open, access to this extensive and well-maintained trail network is once again quick and easy.

Valerie van Veen

Thanks to  Les and Val for the photos

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Hiking – Snowden Forest – 6 Feb 2019

Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 16 Jan 2019

For our first outing of the year to Mt. Washington, we had two for x-country skiing and nine for snowshoeing.  The snowshoers did a loop in the morning of Old Cabin, Tree Beard and Rossiter’s Rise, then returned to Raven Lodge for lunch.  In the afternoon, we made a loop of Old Cabin and Crooked Creek.  The skies were a bit overcast, the snow somewhat crunchy and the breeze was fairly bracing.  Two of us had binding issues and found it easier to walk; the trail was completely firm so no problem.  Everyone got enough exercise and we finished up around 2:30.  7.7 km; 3¾ hours.


Photos by Norris

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Snow – Mt. Washington – 16 Jan 2019

Hiking – Snowden Demonstration Forest – 6 Feb 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Snowden Forest, Campbell River
Date 6 Feb 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Valerie Van Veen
Contact Info; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description Hiking OR snowshoeing through the Snowden Forest, mostly easy to moderate trails. If hiking, we might tackle “difficult” trail depending on group and trail conditions. Bring lunch, suitable gear for conditions. Will snowshoe if enough snow.  8 – 10 km.
Meeting Place Q Cove ferry terminal
Departure Time 9:00 am ferry departure
easy to moderate
Costs ferry
Trip limits none
Dogs? Must be under control at all times; this is a popular mountain biking area.
Notes: Carpool at ferry. I can take 4 passengers in our 4Runner.


Multi-day Hiking – Cowichan Valley – 7-11 April 2019

This trip is full.  Contact the coordinator if you wish to wait-list.

Activity Multi-day hiking
Destination Cowichan Valley
Date 7-11 April 2019, Sunday to Thursday
Trip Coordinator Margot Wood
Contact Info 250.285.2393; please contact the coordinator as soon as possible and payment needs to be received by Feb 15th.
Description A multi-day trip in Cowichan Valley. Some may stay for two nights, while others stay for four nights, but to be most affordable, priority will be to have the bedrooms full each night.  We have changed the originally proposed accommodation due to the particular demand for this trip.  Now we will be staying at a beautiful home on Shawnigan Lake near the Cowichan Valley Trail.  For details view:
Possible hiking destinations include: Kinsol Trestle, Skutz Falls along Cowichan River, Maple Mountain, Mt Tzouhalem, Stocking/Heart Lake Trails, Jack Fleetwood Trail, Fern Grotto, Eagle Heights Grasslands, an ancient forest hike up Koksilah River, and Cable Bay to Dodd Narrows.  You may also bike on the Cowichan Valley Trail or kayak from the house.
Margot will organize car-pooling and dinner preparation teams. Each hiker is responsible for their breakfast and lunch. ****************************************************************************
Meeting Place QCove ferry line-up – appointed vehicles to be in line-up by 8:20 am.
Departure Time 9 am ferry, April 7th, returning on the morning of Thurs. April 11th.
Difficulty Easy to moderate
Dogs No
Trip Limits 7
Costs Accommodation at $60/night/person (this may vary depending on the final number that come), ferry costs, fuel
Notes Please take time to check out the accommodation, the hikes and area plus your calendar. I am hoping to accommodate everyone’s needs as much as possible. This, hopefully, will be a lovely spring trip, with longer days and maybe sunshine.
I will be working with Debbie and Norris regarding hiking trips. Also we hope members of the Cowichan Hikers may either join us/visit with us on this trip. Please remember to submit dietary needs regarding dinners.
All payments go to Julie Mellanby (Box 397 QCove).  Please makes cheques out to Quadra Island Outdoor Club.