We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we expected to have rain for our hike and decided to hike in the Shingle Beach area where know we can take shelter under one of the open sided structures that are used at the annual concerts. We were lucky to have a dry place for our lunch stop. On the way we turned off the main road for a short trip to view the water falls on Stromberg Creek. We were rewarded with quite a spectacular display tumbling over the cliff and I decided to try for a shot of the falls from a slightly different angle. There are just so many trees in the way a clear view seems impossible to get, but in my photo taken from a higher view point it's possible to see, if you look at the top left of the image, another waterfall feeding water into the main falls. I've not tried to reach this one in recent years, but there used to be a very narrow and dangerous ledge leading to the foot of these upper falls.
After that we drove on towards the campground and parked at the spot that takes the hiker to the long new Colossus Trail. This must be one of the finest forest trails on Texada as it winds through old growth forest with so many majestic firs and cedars. One end is located on the edge of the highest part of the campground and the lower access is on the left of the Shingle Beach Road where it winds down the last hill before the campground. There is no parking just there so park before or after the trail sign.
A view of one side of the Stromberg Falls. The other side is behind the branches on the right.