Friday, August 26, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we drove down to Shingle Beach and started our hike from there hoping to use the old logging road route to the abandoned cabins on the beach south of Shingle Beach. We started the uphill section at the top of the campground area and made good progress until we reached the recent clearcut that has obliterated the old road. I knew we needed to work ou way along the edge of the clearcut and look for where the old road doubles back and heads downhill. We spent some time looking, but failed to find it so changed plans and headed north back towards the Shingle Beach Road taking the brand new logging road this time. What I had forgotten is that there are now two similar clearcuts that have both wiped out all trace of the old road and therefore we should have continued uphill until we reached the second clearcut. Had we done that we would have quickly found the old logging road again where it heads down to the cabins on the beach.
Never mind, we ended up have having lunch on a clifftop on the new coastal hiking trail. On the way there we viewed some of the beautiful Arbutus and the much older Western Yew trees that grow in and around Yewtree Bay. At the lunch spot we enjoyed the company of a very trusting Northern Alligator Lizard that kept still for photos for a short time. If you look at the end of it's tail you can see that the last part is black instead of brown and this is because at some time it lost that end part and has since then regrown the part it lost!
Friday, August 5, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016
John Dove has kindly volunteered to lead an additional summer hike, to South Texada Island including Anderson Bay and Mount Dick. In 2015 the Trekkers did this area and attempted to hike up Mount Dick. The trailhead at that time was not located so an alternative hike was taken with a grand view point to the east. Since then the trailhead location has been found, the trail checked out and for 2016 the plan is to repeat some of the beautiful areas covered in 2015, PLUS new options, and a hike up Mount Dick! (Although Mount Dick sits in the shadow of Mount Shepherd, it offers spectacular views as well as a much shorter, and very scenic forest trail to the peak.)
• A minimum of two - 4x4 high clearance vehicles.
• Meeting location: 8:00am at the Gillies Bay Ball Field
• Duration will be a long day. Driving time to Anderson Bay is over 1-1/2 hours (depending on potholes and rough 4x4 portions). Due to unforeseen circumstances the hike may be longer than expected so specific dinner meal time plans should be avoided. Best to plan to be back early evening.
• This will not be an overly strenuous hike, but it will be long day. The longest hike will be up Mount Dick in the morning – aprox 2+ hours return, up a forest trail, some sections are quite steep. We will also be walking short trails in South Texada Park that reach the coastline to the south of Anderson Bay.
• Chain saw and gas - we may need a chain saw to clear the road.
Tues-Wed-Thur August 16,17,18
Tues-Wed-Thur August 23,24,25
Tues-Wed-Thur August 30, 31, September 1
Tues-Wed-Thur Sept 6,7,8
At this point Vehicles and Driver availability will determine the dates.
Solicit and be nice to 4x4 drivers so we can go!
Please let me know asap what dates you are available
Please let me know asap what dates you are available to drive and how many PASSENGER seat belts you have.
Dates you can come, 4x4Drivers Dates can drive
For specific hike/trail conditions and expectations,
John Dove — firstname.lastname@example.org