The next hike will be on Saturday, 30th June.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we had a hot and dry sunny day for our hike and headed south along the road to Shingle Beach turning off just before the campground to use the route through the extensive recently logged area to reach our parking spot just outside the Cook Bay gate. The idea was to find a way from a low elevation bluff close to the Cook Bay property that would take us down to a part of the coastline that we had not visited on earlier hikes in the area. We did find a route that was not too difficult and ate lunch on the grassy slope with a lone tree that you can see in the very centre of my photo. After lunch we did some more exploration and managed to find a way to get onto our main flagged trail that reaches the sea at the Twin Beaches. Using part of that main trail and another flagged trail we made last year we eventually got back to the route we used in the morning. This is such a beautiful part of Texada and it has a wide strip of land along the coast here that is a designated UREP reserve. [ A reserve area selected by the Provincial Government for the 'Use, Recreation and Enjoyment of the Public' ] It was a long hot climb back up from the shoreline to the road where we had parked, but it was so well worth all the effort and a hike to be remembered.
View south down the Sabine Channel from near Cook Bay. The top of Mt. Shepherd is just out of the picture on the left and the islands on the right are part of Lasqueti.