The Next Hike

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 25th May.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week instead of hiking a group of Trekkers spent the day working hard to clean up the flotsam and jetsam from a long stretch of beach not too far from Gillies Bay.  It was a job well worth doing as there was several pieces of boats, chunks of foam and assorted plastic items.  

My photo this week is a curious perennial wildlflower that has dainty cup shaped flowers with a fringe of white or pinkish petals.  Tellima grandiflora is not uncommon and prefers to grow in places with rich soil and plenty of moisture and we found it in a grassy area with masses of stinging nettle which also likes similar growing conditions.
JD.  

The curious and dainty flowers of fringecup,Tellima grandiflora, at Coxs Lagoon near Texada Airport. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 18th May.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we did some more exploration starting from the Cook Bay Road at just over 400m elevation this time and walking at first along a grassy old logging road and then through quite open forest heading west towards a line of bluffs that we hoped would give us a new viewpoint.  Eventually we did reach a narrow bluff and stopped there for lunch although the view was quite poor.  It was only after some more searching that we located the lovely spot where I took this week's photo.

This coming Saturday 18th May some of the hikers will be helping with the "Texada Beach Clean Up" between 11:00am and 3:00pm.  The meeting place is the beach access behind the RCMP Station and you can contact Ben Reiman at 604 414-9518 or  —   bjsonthebeachtexada@gmail.com    to volunteer.  I will be the guide for the hike as usual.

JD.

Hikers at a new viewpoint on the south slope of Mt. Davies about 500m above Shingle Beach.  Mt. Arrowsmith on the left with a snowy top.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Next Hike.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 11th May.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week my idea was to try to hike some part of a very old trail that I had last hiked along many years ago. At that time this very old logging road which was probably built at least forty years ago was getting so overgrown and blocked by fallen trees that I gave up trying to hike it. Another problem at the upper end was the fact that some active beavers had raised the water level of their pond and flooded a short section of the old road.  We had lovely hiking weather again and a very pleasant surprise when we started the hike from the Cook Bay Road end as over the years the route had turned into a wide mossy trail that was easy walking the whole way and even the beaver pond water level had dropped so we crossed that section with dry feet.  In a few places in the forest we came upon clusters of small bright yellow flowers and it seemed appropriate to give the trail the name "Yellow Viola Trail".  After lunch we explored a side trail and visited a small lake that I had never ever seen before and near to the lake there is a bluff with a fantastic view to the west towards Vancouver Island. 
JD.  

Trailing Yellow Violet, Viola sempervirens on the forest trail from Cook Bay road up to Gentian Lake.

Friday, May 3, 2019

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The next hike will be on Saturday, 4th May.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Just look at that fantastic blue sky in this week's picture!  We had near perfect hiking weather last week and drove up to the Mount Grant trailhead to take in the views from the various viewpoints along the circular trail route.  For lunch we picked a sunny spot of the south side of the top of the mountain and were glad we were not bothered by the gusty north wind which might otherwise have been a bit uncomfortable.  This is one of the most popular of our trail routes and no one wants to miss the very short side trail that takes us to a rocky outcrop that for obvious reasons has been named after a much larger mountain in Switzerland. The group photo below is one of those neat timer delay shots that makes it possible to include every one of the nine bipeds as well as the three quadrupeds in the picture.   
JD.
  
A Texada Trekkers group photo on the very top of the tiny rocky miniature Matterhorn Peak on the Mount Grant trail.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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

Last week we drove south past Shingle Beach to park at the Cook Bay gate.  Hiking south from there we used logging roads and recently flagged trail over open bluffs and through areas with forest cover until we arrived at the base of a massive rock face that towered high above us.  Working our way along the foot of the wall of rock brought us to the lower end of a trail that curves upwards on a narrow ledge and this eventually took us above the tree tops.  Still climbing, at first on the grassy slope of a high ridge and then finally to the highest point where we were rewarded for our efforts and reached the viewpoint in my photo below. What a perfect day and what a wonderful view and it was the very first time for me to step foot on the South Wall Bluff.
JD.

The view of the southern part of Lasqueti Island from the top of South Wall Bluff which was our lunch spot south of Cook Bay.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Next hike.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 20th April.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we had another one of those damp and windy days that seem to have been happening a little more often than usual this year.  The snow has gone now from the highest roads on the island so we headed south towards the high ground and parked on the gas line not far from the Hydro Reactor Station.  By heading west under the wires and using the access road that zig-zags down the right of way we eventually reached Thompson Road and then left the wires behind walking north as far as the first side road on the right.  This climbs quite steeply up through a large area that was logged and replanted quite a few years ago.  It was a bit cool and damp where we stopped for lunch, but I was happy to discover a neat little patch of the common Monkey Flower.   Erythranthe guttata is the scientific name for it now as it used to be in a different genus called Mimulus.  It is native over a surprisingly wide area of western North America and I understand it can be found on high mountain ranges as well as along the coastline.  Locally it's very common on the coastal bluffs of Texada often giving them vivid splashes of bright yellow in springtime.
JD.
The bright yellow blossoms of Monkeyflower on a small bluff above Thompson Road.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 13th April.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week the weather was not great, with very strong winds that had the ferries tied up for a good part of the day and with frequent and variable intensity rain showers from time to time. The only helpful thing about it was  that the cloud base was not so low that it cut out the view from our lunch spot on Mount Manzanita.  Most of the time we were hiking the sky was overcast, but just by chance the sun came out as we reached the lunch spot, and the extra warmth was very welcome. 

Some of the hikers have been wondering if it might be possible to do a beach potluck picnic sometime soon, with Secret Beach at the mouth of Stromberg Creek as a possible location.  Nothing has been settled so far, but I will let you know if and when it is.
JD.

Hiking the steep trail down from the viewpoint on Mount Manzanita.