We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we were very lucky to have a bright sunny day, the last of three days that I think were very much nicer than the days before and after the brief dry spell. We met in Van Anda for a change and with a larger than usual turnout car-pooled over to James Mack's property on the west side of the island. Taking the main trail south we headed uphill past the turnoff to Favada Point and then only the short distance beyond to the trail that runs downhill to Cabin Cove. Turning left not far from the beach we enjoyed the view of Cabin Cove from the bluffs as we followed the long winding trail past Arbutus Arch and on towards Big Beach. The lunch spot on the grassy slope just above the beach is one of the few places where our trails give the hiker a good view of quite a long stretch of coastline. It really is very rugged with continuous high and low cliffs that are quite unbroken by the slightest beach between Cabin Cove and Big Beach.
For our return route we headed uphill to the very start of the Big BeachTrail and then north on the old logging road back to our starting point. I was pleased to see a few sealions out on the outer side of the isalnds near Maple Bay and hope to see many more showing up in the New Year.
Lunch in the bright sun on the low cliff above Big Beach.
Last week I had some problems with sending out the hike emails and a few people failed to get theirs. You can always view earlier hike notices and photos on the Texada Trekkers web site here:—
Sometimes clicking on the old photos will bring them up to full size.