We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week it was foggy over the sea and most of the lower parts of Texada, so we set out to get above the dismal fog in Gillies Bay and up to the sunshine I felt sure we would find if we went high enough. It turned out to be only about 800 feet thick and when we drove onto Hydro East Road at Bell Farm we had perfect weather for hiking. This time we used the longer southern route to reach the forest trail up Black Mountain. I decided on this hike because I figured we would have little if any snow to contend with on the ground on the steep slope, and sure enough the trail was clear even though the old logging roads did have some snow and ice and were slippery in places.
It was cold and shaded at our usual lunch spot so we back-tracked the short distance to the small bluff with Manzanita bushes. This faces due south and was just a perfect spot to enjoy the view .
Boxing Day high above the fog on the top of Black Mountain. This view looks south to Mt. Grant and Mt. Davies.