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.

Sandra

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Hiking – Maud Island – 11 Sept 2019

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Hiking – Rebecca Spit Loop – 30 Oct 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Rebecca Spit Loop
Date 30 October 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca 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
Difficulty
easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Expect some mud on the way to Paddy’s Lagoon.  Bring a snack and gear for the weather.

Hiking – South Morte Lake Loop – 23 Oct 2019

 

Activity Hiking
Destination South Morte Lake Loop
Date 23 Oct 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710.  Please contact the coordinator in advance.
Description Starting from the Morte Lake parking lot, we will hike up Morning Beer, joining Deadfish and on to other mountain bike trails.  We will descend maybe by Tripod, carry on along Reed Lake, cross the Wal Can Road and return to the Morte Lake parking lot following McKercher Creek.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? okay, but must not run through the group
Notes: Bring a snack or lunch, poles if you use them, and gear appropriate for the weather.

Hiking – Mt. Seymour – 16 Oct 2019

Re-scheduled to October 14th, Monday

Activity Hiking
Destination Mt. Seymour
Date 14 16 Oct 2019, Monday Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710
Description This hike will take us to the highest point on Quadra Island.  After ascending the old logging road we wander over open bluffs with great views.  Once at the summit there are nearly 360° views.  We will not do this trip in poor weather.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay parking lot to carpool
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
challenging
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs
Notes: Bring lunch, poles if you use them, and gear appropriate for the weather.

Hiking – Kay du Bois Loop – 9 Oct 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Kay du Bois Trail
Date 9 Oct 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 3978
Description We will hike this trail beginning at the south.  This is a classic trail along the shore through a mixed forest with great views of Sutil Chanel. A short walk.
Meeting Place Kay du Bois trailhead at the end of Sutil Road
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Easy
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay if they don’t run through the group.
Notes: Bring a snack or lunch and poles if you use them.

Hiking – Hope Spring-Thompson Trail loop – 2 Oct 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Hope Spring-Thompson Trail loop
Date 27 Feb 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 3978
Description We will begin the loop at the Hope Spring trailhead and hike clockwise.  This is a classic loop on official trails, with lots of variety: creeks, old growth Douglas fir, and some wetlands..  The hike will be about two hours.
Meeting Place Hope Spring trailhead
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Fairly short and undulating
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? Okay if they don’t run through the group.
Notes: Bring a snack or lunch and poles if you use them.

Hiking – Strathcona Park – 16 Sept 2019

Activity Hiking
Destination Forbidden Plateau, Strathcona Park
Date 16 Sept 2019, Monday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Information norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710
Description Weather permitting, a ramble through Paradise Meadows in Strathcona Park to admire fall colours and any late flowers. Bring lunch and water.
Meeting Place QCove ferry terminal
Departure Time 9:00 ferry; be early if you are driving as this will be a busy sailing
Difficulty
Moderate
Costs Ferry costs and shared fuel
Trip limits none
Dogs? Must be on leash in Paradise Meadows
Notes: Please contact the coordinator by Saturday night in order to arrange carpooling.  Bring lunch and gear appropriate for the weather.  The trip will be postponed if serious rain is forecast.