We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we drove south along Bell Road and passing the Bell Farm meadows and First Lake we parked at the old roadside gravel pit next to the the gas pipeline right of way. We then started the hike by walking south on the pipeline the short distance to the first turnoff on the right where we had thought there might be much water crossing the old logging road and wondered if we would have to change our planned route to Plateau Mountain. We could see that recently the force of the water had flattened the grass in places, but now the water had gone and the road surface was dry as a bone! Soon we reached First Lake and again made use of our new hiking trail that skirts the north end of the lake. There is nothing especially dramatic about this fairly large but shallow lake, but it's quiet and rather remote and I suspect few people even know it exists. My photo this week was taken right on the trail. The top of Plateau Mountain is forest covered, but there is a choice of viewpoints where one can enjoy views in different directions while having a snack.
The north end of Third Lake with the forested flat top of Plateau Mountain in the distance. The area of brown grass was quite dry enough to walk on.