Friday, March 10, 2017
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we were fortunate to have a day for hiking with no precipitation of any kind and quite mild temperatures. We decided to do some exploration of an area which has always been quite difficult to access until quite recently when some logging was done. The area lies to the north west of the lower part of Russ Creek, a fair sized year round creek that drains down from high on Mount Pocahontas down to the sea close to Northeast Point on the east ccoast of Texada. We drove down the Pocahontas Bay Rd then south a short distance on the old Pocahontas Main logging road. Hiking south and taking the new logging road we were soon in a logged area that proved to be much larger than expected. From just beyond the far end of the clearcut where we could clearly hear Russ Creek in the forest ahead of us we strated to flag a new trail route that we hoped would reach the beach in Northeast Bay. We did eventually reach the beach but the brush was more of a problem than we thought it was going to be and the distance much greater! However, it does give us future access to a section of the creek with much natural beauty, water rapids and pools and even a couple of very attractive waterfalls.
My photo is of a fine example of an old growth Douglas Fir that has been spared the chain saw and a cluster of younger trees have been left around it to give it some protection.
Posted by Gillies Bay at 12:13 AM