We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we figured the clouds were high enough that it would be safe to pick one of our higher mountains and have clear views of distant mountains. The choice of Twin Peaks does mean a long drive before actually starting off on foot, but while the climb to the peaks is extra steep the distances are quite short. As usual we turned north at the col between the peaks where the trail divides and we headed to the North Viewpoint before backtracking and climbing a bit higher to the South Viewpoint for lunch. Some of the hikers were doing this particular hike for the very first time For hikers who have never done this one before the views in both directions, towards Vancouver Island in one direction and the great sweep of the Coast Mountains in the other, are especially impressive. There was still snow on the highest peaks on the mainland and with fewer clouds and clearer air it all made for a special treat.
The view south towards Nanaimo from the north viewpoint on Twin Peaks.