Trip Report – Blindman’s Bluff and Eagle Ridge – 14 March 2018

Six hikers went to the end of Leishman Road and up the woodlot road to a spot by the bridge to park. There is large, gnarled, old growth fir near here that is worth looking at. We hiked up the old road to where it joins the official trail at the beaver pond. The beaver lodge shows well this time of year. We turned right and went up to Blindman’s Bluff trail. The trail is in good shape but one needs to watch as to not wander off it. There has not been much traffic on it so moss has grown on much of it. It was a mixed cloud and sun day so the views were spectacular over Gowlland Harbour and south. The wind was chilly though so we sat out of the open to have lunch.

After lunch we continued back to Eagle Ridge Trail and up to the top of it. There were great views over Discovery Passage. We then returned via the same route to the vehicles.

Les

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Hiking – Blindman’s Bluff and Eagle Ridge – 14 March 2018

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Hiking – Campbell River River Loop – 25 April 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Campbell River River Loop
Date 25 April 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca.  Please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip in order to arrange carpools.
Description The plan is to hike the full loop beginning at the logging bridge across the Campbell River.  We will hike along the north shore of the River (hopefully there will still be trillium and fawn lilies in bloom), across the Canyon View Bridge, up to the Elk Falls viewing area, Moose and Deer Falls, before heading back down on the south side of the River.  This will depend on weather and construction.  About 12 km and 5 hours, if we do the full loop.
Meeting Place Q Cove Ferry terminal.  Drivers will need to be early enough to be on the ferry.
Departure Time 9:00 ferry
Difficulty
A few steep places, but mostly reasonable walking on good trails.
Costs Shared ferry costs
Trip limits None
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and gear for weather.

Hiking – Stramberg Old Growth Grove- 18 April 2018

Activity Hiking
Destination Stramberg Old Growth Grove
Date 18 April 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 285-3710.  Please contact the trip coordinator prior to the trip.
Description This trail begins near Village Bay Lake and follows open meadows leading into and through the forest on old, unmaintained logging roads.  The reward at the end of the hike is a grove of old growth firs.  This is not an official trail.  Expect blow-down and brush. About 13 km; 5 hours or more.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot, to arrange carpools
Departure Time 09:30
Difficulty
moderate, due to unmaintained trail and quite long
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay if under control
Notes: Bring lunch and water.

Hiking – Nole’s Pizza Peak – 11 April 2018

 Change of destination and day!

Activity Hiking
Destination Nole’s Pizza Peak Deepwater Bay
Date 11 April 2018, Wednesday 12 April, Thurs
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or norris.weimer@ualberta.ca; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description Nole’s Pizza is the informal name for the west ridge of Beech’s Mountain.  It is a great viewpoint overlooking Morte Lake.  It is a flagged route, not an official trail.  There are several different approaches that we can use and a loop is possible.  About 5 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Moderate to challenging, for steep sections and unmaintained trail
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring lunch.  If you use poles, bring them.  We won’t do this trip if the weather is poor.

 

Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 7 Mar 2018

We returned to Mt Washington on a day with a skiff of fresh snow on a very good base and mild conditions.  We had four in the cross-country ski group and six in the snowshoe group, all starting at Raven Lodge.  The skiers headed out along Paradise Meadows to the Far East trail, returning to the Lodge for lunch.   The snowshoers crossed the Meadows and headed up the summer trail to Battleship Lake.  One person had a snowshoe malfunction, but continued walking on the well-packed path without any problem.  After crossing the Lake and the next rise, they made the steep descent to Helen Mackenzie Lake and stopped for lunch.  They then continued across Helen Mackenzie Lake and followed the summer trail back down to the Ponds area and back to the Lodge. 7.5 km; 3½ hours.

Debbie

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Thanks to Norris, Vic and Les for the photos

Hiking – Campbell River- 4 Apr 2018

Activity Ramble
Destination Campbell River
Date 4 April 2018,  Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Valerie van Veen and Darcy Mitchell
Contact Info 250 285 2329
Description A Campbell River ramble, easy walking but long distance, approximately 15 km. We will walk from the ferry terminal (come over as walk-ons) to ERT north trailhead, ERT to Beaverlodge trails to Willow Point Park Sportsplex trails to Seawalk, Seawalk to Willow Point for lunch (café in Willow Point or bring your own), Seawalk back to ferry terminal. Rain or shine. 9 am ferry from QI, estimated 3:30 or 4:30 ferry return.
Meeting Place Ferry Terminal
Departure Time 9 am ferry walk-on
Difficulty
Easy, but long
Costs Ferry foot passenger
Trip limits none
Dogs? Yes, but must be on leash part of the way
Notes: Must contact organizer by Monday, April 2 evening. Thanks.

Snow – Mt Washington – 7 Mar 2018

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 7 Mar 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710;  please contact the coordinator by Sunday night.  Please indicate whether you are willing to drive and whether you are snowshoeing or cross country skiing.
Description We hope to have both snowshoeing and cross country skiing on this outing. We will probably leave from Raven Lodge.  As always, the trip is weather dependent.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry terminal to Campbell River.  Car pools should be arranged in advance.
Departure Time 9:00 ferry to Campbell River.  Those taking cars need to be early enough to get on the 9:00 ferry.
Difficulty
Depends
Costs Ferry, shared fuel and the trail pass If we go to Raven Lodge.  The snowshoe day pass is $10 or the cross country pass is $23 for adults or $19 for seniors.  It may be slightly cheaper if you buy in advance online.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.  Technically cars going up need to have chains.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.