The Next Hike

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 8th December.
We meet at the Ball Park in Gillies Bay at 10:00am

Last week I was not able to be on the hike, but I understand it was a visit to this wonderful and quite rugged area on the west coast of Texada that lies between Cook Bay and the boundary of the South Texada Provincial Park.  It's only in the last couple of years that we have begun to explore there and we have come to realize just how rewarding it is to seek out new trail routes through the areas of forest and open grassy bluffs and down to the shoreline.  
Micheline Macauley took the photo for this week on a group hike to this area last weekend.  You can see below the tree on the left just how steep this terrain can be, but the effort involved is well rewarded.
JD.
 
A lovely view of Lasqueti Island looking across the Sabine Channel from a bluff south-east of Cook Bay. The tree on the left is a Maritime Juniper.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 1st December.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we had a larger group of hikers than usual and set off towards the high ground hoping we might find a view somewhere as it seemed we had a pretty clear day.  However, when we reached our parking spot on the gas line to the south of the Vancouver Island Hydro lines we found there was still some fog around here and there.  At first it proved to be quite cold as we headed south along the right of way, but once in the forest and climbing we soon warmed up. After walking on a logging road for a while we got into the forest again on the southern trail to Davies and stopped for lunch on the small mossy bluff beside the secluded beaver pond.  We never did get to have a view that day, but everyone said they enjoyed the hike anyhow and it was so nice having a couple of kids along for a change. 
JD.

Some Trekkers with two very young hikers and all having lunch beside a misty beaver pond near Mt. Davies

Friday, November 23, 2018

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The next hike will be on Saturday 24th November.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am

Last week we were again faced with a foggy situation although this time the fog was not as low down on the sea as it so often is.  Sometimes this means the fog is more like low cloud and might be covering the entire island perhaps even extending above our highest peaks.  Anyhow, it seemed worth heading for the high ground and we set off in search of the sunshine, driving south towards Bobs Lake.  We were in luck and soon found ourselves near Mt. Davies in bright sunshine and  soon parked at the Gentian Lake trailhead.  This day the target was Mt.Flicker and the route took us along roads, the gas-line the forest and eventually up the very steep trail to reach our lunch spot at the very top.  It was so warm in the sun no one was in any hurry to move on and I was happy to capture another view of our fall fog this time the top of one that was just so blindingly white and fluffy!
JD.  

The view from Flicker Mountain over the top of a thick blanket of marine fog towards the tops of the mountains of Vancouver Island. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Next Hike

The next hike will be on 17th November.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we headed off from the Ballpark on a dry but somewhat cloudy day on the long drive to Five-way Junction on the road to Anderson Bay.  Our plan was to repeat a hike we did with an extra large group of hiker in the summer on which we unfortunately got lost and missed having lunch on a small bluff with a great view.       This time we knew the flagging had been checked and we were able to enjoy having lunch on the viewpoint this time.  It's true the view would have been clearer in the summer, there was lots of rain cloud over the mountains on Vancouver Island and for a while the fog was very thick not far below where we were sitting.  It did clear for a few minutes and I think my photo did capture the way things can look on a mild foggy day in November.
JD.
    
Lasqueti Island could just be seen through the drifting November fog from a viewpoint high above Cook Bay.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 10th November.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am

Last week we expected to have rain for our hike and decided to hike in the Shingle Beach area where know we can take shelter under one of the open sided structures that are used at the annual concerts. We were lucky to have a dry place for our lunch stop. On the way we turned off the main road for a short trip to view the water falls on Stromberg Creek.  We were rewarded with quite a spectacular display tumbling over the cliff and I decided to try for a shot of the falls from a slightly different angle.  There are just so many trees in the way a clear view seems impossible to get, but in my photo taken from a higher view point it's possible to see, if you look at the top left of the image, another waterfall feeding water into the main falls. I've not tried to reach this one in recent years, but there used to be a very narrow and dangerous ledge leading to the foot of these upper falls. 

After that we drove on towards the campground and parked at the spot that takes the hiker to the long new Colossus Trail.  This must be one of the finest forest trails on Texada as it winds through old growth forest with so many majestic firs and cedars.  One end is located on the edge of the highest part of the campground and the lower access is on the left of the Shingle Beach Road where it winds down the last hill before the campground.  There is no parking just there so park before or after the trail sign.
JD.
 

A view of one side of the Stromberg Falls. The other side is behind the branches on the right.

Friday, November 2, 2018

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The next hike will be on Saturday, 3rd November.
We meet at the Ball Park in Gillies Bay at 10:00am

Last week we met as usual in Gillies Bay and had no fog around as far as we could see so decided to head for a high viewpoint hoping to be able to see some distant scenery.  We drove up Bell Road and parked near First Lake, but noticed as we started our hike that the nearest hilltop was shrouded in the mist.  However, hoping for the best we headed off into the forest and soon discovered that the forest floor had quite a lot more fungi than we had been seeing in the earlier part of the fall.  My photo this week is of a type of mushroom that belongs to a group that feature soft teeth on the underside of the cap instead of the much more common groups with either gills or a yellowish sponge.  The toothed mushrooms are sometimes called hedgehogs and the group includes some common species that are collected for eating.  The one in my photo has scales on top that look as if they had survived a fire, and the teeth are a bit larger than you might see on the more common hedgehogs. 
JD.

Hawk Wing or Scaly Hegehog, Sarcodon imbricatum, a toothed mushroom near Second Lake.jpg

Friday, October 26, 2018

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The next hike will be on Saturday, 27th October.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am

Last week we drove south along Bell Road and passing the Bell Farm meadows and First Lake we parked at the old roadside gravel pit next to the the gas pipeline right of way.  We then started the hike by walking south on the pipeline the short distance to the first turnoff on the right where we had thought there might be much water crossing the old logging road and wondered if we would have to change our planned route to Plateau Mountain.  We could see that recently the force of the water had flattened the grass in places, but now the water had gone and the road surface was dry as a bone!  Soon we reached First Lake and again made use of our new hiking trail that skirts the north end of the lake.  There is nothing especially dramatic about this fairly large but shallow lake, but it's quiet and rather remote and I suspect few people even know it exists.  My photo this week was taken right on the trail. The top of Plateau Mountain is forest covered, but there is a choice of viewpoints where one can enjoy views in different directions while having a snack.
JD.


The north end of Third Lake with the forested flat top of Plateau Mountain in the distance. The area of brown grass was quite dry enough to walk on.