The Next Hike

Check here every week for details on the next Trekker hike!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Next Hike from Van Anda again.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 19th October.
We meet at the Canadian Legion parking in Van Anda at 10:00am.

I was not able to join the Trekkers on the hike last week as a small group of botanists visiting from Vancouver Island needed my help with getting to areas where they might find a great variety of fungi. During the two days they spent in the field they had great success and were well pleased with their collected specimens. I understand the hikers enjoyed their hike which took them south along the main trail from the cabins at Woodwardia then down to the coast at little Cabin Cove.  Then for the return north they used the trail up and over the low forested bluffs with a side trip out to Favada Point along the way.  Thanks James for being such a useful host and helping them navigate the section of trail that was tricky.
The hike was from Woodwardia on Texada's north-west coast to Cabin Cove and Favada Point - the usual group photo of the happy hikers on the deck at the cabins [MM photo].

Friday, October 11, 2019

The next hike from Van Anda.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 12th October.
We meet in Van Anda at the Canadian Legion parking at 10:00am

Last week we had quite a nice day for hiking and drove along Bell Road to the first hydro junction where there are so many more signs than there used to be, and turned off onto the Masck Farm road then headed north until the first turning on the left then parking just up the hill past the farmhouse site.   Our destination for lunch was the tranquil Loon Lake.
On the coming Saturday 12th we will have an opportunity to visit Woodwardia Nature Reserve where there is a three day symposium of botanists who are fungus experts. They are visiting Texada over the long weekend in search of some less common species of mushrooms that prefer to grow in areas of limestone bedrock.  James Mack, owner of Woodwardia, has invited the Trekkers to visit his house in Maple Bay after the hike to meet up with the fungus hunters.
My photo this week is a recent one of an insect that has been eating the leaves of our Alder trees all over the place.  It's called the Alder Flea Beatle and if you poke them you will see how they got that name, they can jump quite a distance.
Alder Flea Beetle, Macrohaltica ambiens, feeding on Alder leaves. 05Oct2019.jpg

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 5th October.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we met at the Legion Parking in Van Anda and then car-pooled to the trail head on a logging road to the north of Kirk Lake.  The trail at first climbs through  a forested area and over the eastern end of Kirk Lake Bluffs then along the base of a high rocky cliff face eventually dropping steeply to a wet valley bottom.  Here the trail joins an old logging road heading west and soon climbs gently leaving the forest and eventually reaching a steep sided hill we call 'The Grassy Knoll'.  The wide view from the top covers much of the northern reaches of the Salish Sea with the high peaks of Quadra Island in the far distance. 
The Grassy Knoll is a lovely viewpoint west of Kirk Lake located towards the north end of Texada Island - a Trekkers group photo [MM]

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Next Hike — from Van Anda.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 28th September.
We meet in Van Anda at the Canadian Legion at 10:00am.

Last week we had a rather dull cool day, but the rain held off and we did not regret heading up to the high ground for a hike taking us mostly through forest although sometimes we were walking old trails in a different direction and that somehow made them more interesting.  It was not quite planned that way, but we stopped for lunch at the north end of Bobs Lake and as you can see from my photo if you were ever there earlier the recent renovations have made it much more attractive than it used to be.  On the way back to the vehicles which were parked near Mt. Davies we used the winding trail along the east shore of the lake and I would say the beauty of the forest and the water plus the chance to walk on the mounds of green and red Sphagnum Moss made this short trail the high point of the whole route. 

Trekkers eating luncch at the recently renovated North Campground, Bobs Lake. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 21st September.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we were expecting to have quite a wet day for our hike and were quite surprised when it turned out to be just a dull day with very low clouds even below the treetops in places and hardly any rain at all during the hike. With no point at all of hiking to a viewpoint we headed instead to Dragonfly Lake not far to the north of Black Mountain. Walking on the way to the lake we passed a cut tree trunk that the loggers had left behind when the area was clearcut.  The cut end lying at the edge of the road had been weathered over the years in a curious pattern of contorted ridges and hollows and it seemed so unusual it warranted a photo. The lake has an open bluff at the north end that makes for a very pleasant lunch spot that might even be suitable for a swim in summer as the water seems quite deep at that end.

Judging by the latest weather forecast we may be less lucky this weekend!

The intricate patterns created by weathering on one end of a cut tree trunk.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 14th September.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am

Last week the weather was still quite warm and humid when we drove south to the Cook Bay gate parking spot.  The bluffs to the west of Cook Bay cover an extensive area and in recent years we have explored and flagged several long trails over the bluffs and we followed a couple of them stopping for lunch on a medium elevation viewpoint for lunch and then climbed steadily to the highest viewpoint in the area. To finish up without back-tracking we headed steeply down until reaching the main old logging road coming up from the cabin at the beach at the south end of very long Shingle Beach, and used that to return to the vehicles.

Earlier in the summer the Trekkers were exploring and trail building in the area to the west of Angel Lake and visited for the first time three small lakes one of which had some unusual plants in a few places close to the water's edge. None had any flowers, but they did look as if they might produce flowers towards the end of summer.  Curiosity led me to return to the lake a few days ago and it was a very pleasant surprise to find many more plants around the shoreline, in fact dozens of them, with spikes of large blue flowers.  It's a native blue gentian that's only found in a few places along the coast as far north as Prince Rupert and I had seen just a few plants in the old meadows at the Bell Farm a few years ago.
A King Gentian, Gentiana sceptrum, at recently discovered Other Lake.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 7th September.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am

Last week we had a smaller group of hikers than usual and were able to car-pool in a single vehicle for a change. The plan was to do some exploration with the hope we might be able to reduce the length of a hiking trail near Masyk Farm and also to check the condition of an old logging road that runs quite steeply down the east side of the island.  The shortcut trail through some mature open forest took longer than anticipated and was flagged, but will need some cleaning before being comfortable for walkers.  We did find a high point near the old logging road, but the hoped for view towards the mainland just does not exist there. We hope to try again another day.
My photo this week is one taken a few weeks ago when we hiked part way down the south side of Mt. Davies to a new lunch spot at the top of a very steep cliff overlooking Shingle Beach. In the bottom right corner of the picture you can just see the very new and useful logging road that extends south from the Shingle Beach road towards Cook Bay.

The view of Lasqueti Island from a very high bluff above Shingle Beach.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 31st August.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we drove south along Bell Road and turned off onto the Masyk Farm Road driving north to the usual parking spot at the gravel pit. It's not a long hike from there to the top of Black Mountain, but the climb up through the forest after we leave the old logging roads is really quite steep in places.  Not far below the high point on the hike there are gaps in the forest that allow for views south towards Twin Peaks and I was a bit surprised to have nothing visible except a grey fog of low cloud and figured we would not have our usual fantastic view at the lunch spot.  Pure luck really, but as we stepped out of the forest the fog started to break up and very quickly the panoramic view of Malaspina Strait below and Nelson Island and the Coast Mountains in the distance was there again.
Thanks Mich for the excellent time delay group photo. I was quite worried for a minute or two that your unattended camera might roll down the cliff next to the lunch spot!

A group photo of the trekkers last week at the viewpoint near the summit of Black Mountain.  

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 24th August.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am

Last week drove up to the high ground and parked at the road junction at the bottom of Mt. Davies.  The route of the hike started on the old loop trail that passes near Bloody Mountain and the large beaver pond where we sometimes stop for lunch. From there we had a brand new trail recently cut and flagged by some of the trekkers that took us down the south slope of the mountain through open forest until we reached a row of three small bluffs that each offer spectacular views to the west over Lasqueti and with Vancouver Island in the far distance.  
My photo from the hike is of a very colourful fungus with several common names including strawberries and cream.  It's not toxic but it has a very bitter taste which does not seem to have prevented some animal from trying to eat this small one!  
Hydnellum peckii, the strawberries and cream fungus that is not poisonous, but very bitter.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Next Hike - extra notice.

 [ sent Friday afternoon at 4:00pm ]

Some people did not receive my earlier email notice of the Saturday hike so this is a repeat email to everyone on my list.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 17th August.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Next Hike — from Van Anda Legion again.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 10th August.
We meet at the Canadian Legion in Van Anda at 10:00am.

Last week we met in Van Anda and drove north to a parking place on the gas line about a kilometre from Blubber Bay.  This is the start of the Marshall Point circular hike that was my choice for the very first Saturday hike that I guided more than 25 years ago.  For many years we used to do it at least once a year, but recently not so often and it was no surprise to find the trail was quite badly overgrown in some places.  However, the tide was extra low and we spent more time walking on the beaches and enjoying the many tide pools and interesting rock formations. As usual there were lots of seals on and around the islets to the south of the point and they enjoyed watching us while we ate lunch on the low cliff. Other wildlife we saw included a couple of humpback whales and a fast moving mink that was out of sight before I had a chance to get a photograph of it. 

Marshall Point and Limekiln Bay have many tide-pools that can prove interesting to both young and old. [TH photo]

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Next Hike — from Van Anda Legion.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 3rd August.
We meet at the Canadian Legion parking at 10:00am.

Last week there were several visitors wanting to join us for the weekly hike and with near perfect weather for hiking we always try to pick one of our very best hiking routes.  With it's two impressive viewpoints, one on each peak, Twin Peaks near Five Way Junction on the road to Anderson Bay, is one that never fails to impress.  There are two starting points for Twin Peaks and we used the southern one this time as recently there have been more than the usual number of tree frogs roaming around in that area this year and it's not just the kids that find them really quite fascinating.  We did find quite a few along the gas pipeline and I think it was the first time I was able to explain that recent research has discovered that this species of frog is able to change it's body colour during it's lifetime.  On Texada when we see a tree frog it's usually green, but not at all too unusual to find ones that are more or less brown in colour.  The change is slow and may take a week of more, sometimes months. 
The photo this week shows we had quite a crowd and it does include the photographer for a total of seventeen hikers.  
The latest Texada Trekkers group photo taken Saturday 27th July 2019 at the lunch spot on the south summit of Twin Peaks.  [MM photo]

Friday, July 26, 2019

Next Hike - change of meeting place.

This weekend the Gillies Bay Ballpark is being used for the annual blues musical concerts so we will meet instead at the Gillies Bay old school / library parking lot.
On a recent hike the Trekkers fearless leader is seen crossing a tricky patch of muddy wetland at Other Lake.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 27th July.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week the group was small enough to fit everyone into a single vehicle.  There was interest in getting back to the starting point at the Ballpark at around 2:00pm so I decided we should make use of the impressive new forest trail at Shingle Beach in the morning and then after lunch take a short tour of the campground.  As it happened we ran into a problem with fallen trees blocking part of the trail and it took us quite some time to circumvent the problem and find our way back onto the proper flagged route.  We ate  a late lunch on a grassy bluff overlooking the sea and missed seeing the rest of the campground.  
An important feature of the new trail which starts on the left just before you reach the new welcome sign at the entrance to the campground are the many very large old growth trees in that part of the forest. Just a word of warning for less able hikers because there are several parts of the trail where the route runs along fallen tree trunks and up and down some steep banks without steps. Ropes have been provided in a few places.  
My photo this week is of the giant Western Red Cedar tree on the northern part of the trail, but there are also quite a number of giant old growth Douglas Fir towards the southern end at the upper campground sites.

The massive base of perhaps the biggest and oldest Western Red Cedar tree on Texada?  An ancient giant on the new trail at Shingle Beach

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 20th July.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week with just a small group of hikers we drove up to the High Road with perfect warm sunny hiking weather and headed for the bluff at the top of the George Lechner Memorial Trail.  The first part of the route is along a section of old logging road covered with long coarse grasses dotted with the ubiquitous Ox-eye Daisy.  In one small area a few individuals of a group of common North American butterflies called Crescents, and in this case the Mylitta Crescent or Phyciodes mylitta, were busy feeding on the vivid white flowers.

This Saturday the hike will end in good time for hikers to visit a couple of lovely private gardens in Gillies Bay that will be open to visitors from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. 
With the Ox-eye Daisy flowers in full bloom near the High Road the Mylitta Crescent butterflies had many to visit.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Next hike.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 13th July.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week turned out to be another damp day something that has been happening a little more often than is usual in the month of July. I was not able to do the hike which I understand this time did not reward the participants with wonderful views of the sea and distant mountains. However, I'm told everyone did enjoy the forest walk and I must say I always find the peaceful beaver pond a nice spot to visit along the way even on a misty day.
Mt. Davies Hike with the hikers on the trail through the forest well dressed for the showery day. [Terry Hollo photo]

Friday, July 5, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 6th July.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we drove along the High Road turning off onto the Pocahontas Bay road and parked at the old Fire Lookout trailhead. Our destination was the Pocahontas East viewpoint where a BC Hydro microwave reflector looks like a big screen for an outdoor movie theatre. The long distance visibility was not all that great, but more than once we have hiked to this viewpoint for lunch and found ourselves in fog most of the time!

My photo this week is of a frog resting in a shallow puddle on the trail. This individual  is a good example of the "brown morph" of the common Pacific Tree Frog which also has very bright green versions.  For a long time I have wondered about these distinctly different colourations and now I see from a Wikipedia web site that there is an interesting explanation.  

These frogs have the ability to change color from brown to green. Previously, adults were thought to occur in two different fixed colors. Now, some of them have been found to be able to change between the two. They can also change from lighter to darker, shift from patterned markings to pure colors and vice versa, and even display combinations of colors, brown/green being the most frequent.

It goes on to explain that the changes sometimes happen within a few hours, but more often it's a much slower process taking weeks even months. A chameleon frog? 

A brown Pacific Tree Frog resting in a shallow puddle on the trail to Pocahontas East viewpoint.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 29th June.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we drove up to Bell Rd. and south just as far as First Lake.  Walking along the old logging roads that head east it was nice to see so many flowering plants putting on a great show of colour even after such a long spell of hot and very dry weather.  This route eventually intersects with Hydro East Rd. and heading south and after a while back into the forest again we reached the secluded Horseshoe Lake.  This is beaver habitat and an active beaver lodge could be seen out in the lake in front of us as we sat close to the shoreline.  A pair of swallows were busy feeding their young inside a dead tree very close to us.

The foxglove that is found all over the island is in full bloom just now and there was one particular spike of flowers caught my eye.  Most plants of this non-native species have purple flowers, but there is just a small percentage that have white flowers with curious dark markings on the inside of each flower tube.  The pattern of dots and spots seems to be different in every single one!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday 22nd June.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am

Last week we again headed south to the high plateau area where Angel Lake is the largest of several lakes and ponds.  For a few recent hikes we have been taking the time to establish some new hiking trails that give us access to places of interest including a high viewpoint on a grassy bluff and a couple of secluded lakes.  This time our plan was to clear a new trail to reach the south shore of a third and larger waterbody called South Gentian Lake.  We were able to do that quite quickly as the forest proved to be surprisingly free from underbrush.  We then continued north along the steep slope of the west shoreline and stopping for lunch on a spot quite high above the water until we reached an old logging road that crossed a narrow part of the lake on a low causeway. To return to the vehicles we used an old logging road and then the section of Anderson Bay Rd that runs through the forest down the east side. 

The southern end of Gentian Lake, which lies about a kilometre to the west of Angel Lake.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 15th June.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we decided to do some more bushwhacking and headed off towards the high ground not far from Angel Lake. We parked at the south end of the lake on the Anderson Bay Rd.  and headed west towards a lake we call "Never Been There Before"  where we wanted to have lunch.  The view from the bluff which rises steeply from the west side of the lake is one of the best on this part of the island.  The new trail we were creating skirts around the edge of another small lake that was visited by some of the trekkers for the first time just a couple of weeks earlier and for me this was a first time visit.  There is something about these remote forest waterbodies that I find so attractive and yet I don't really know what it might be.  This most recent lake is the subject of my photograph this week.

Other Lake - an exquisite and secluded forest beauty that was only just recently visited for the first time.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 8th June.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Once again and with just a smaller group of eager hikers this time we decided to do some more bushwhacking and exploration.  I had to look up the definition of that curious word in my last sentence, to be sure it meant exactly what I thought it meant and found it fits precisely what we needed to do, to reach another new bluff. 
( There are many definitions of "bushwhacking" available on the internet, but an extra good one is here:— )

So we drove south past Davie Bay then turned off and up the road that goes past Stromberg Falls to a junction at an elevation of close to 1,000ft above sea level. The old logging road that starts there is still easy walking, but soon after passing a large wetland on our left we needed to leave it and bushwhack in the direction of a pair of open bluffs that none of us had ever visited before.  We made pretty good progress with those modern smartphone apps combined with GPS and online maps being so very helpful. I think the group photo shows just how much fun it can be to bushwhack to someplace new with a view!

A hikers group photo under a shady tree on  "Booby Bluff", a viewpoint high above Hydro West and not far below Thompson Road.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday 1st June.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week I was not able to do the hike, but we had four visitors to the island, two of them from overseas, and I'm pleased to report everyone had a good time.  The destination was Cap Sheaf Lake which is reached from the Ballpark on older logging roads and trails through the forest.  This waterbody is an important conservation area as it holds a small colony of the rare Western Painted Turtle.  The biologists that study this species on Texada point out that it is unusual in being located at a higher elevation than turtle habitat elsewhere on the coast and the fact that they are almost never in contact with human activity means their survival chances are probably better than they might otherwise be.

Hikers at Cap Sheaf Lake where we have a very small colony of the rare Western Painted Turtle.  [Brian Redman] 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 25th May.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week instead of hiking a group of Trekkers spent the day working hard to clean up the flotsam and jetsam from a long stretch of beach not too far from Gillies Bay.  It was a job well worth doing as there was several pieces of boats, chunks of foam and assorted plastic items.  

My photo this week is a curious perennial wildlflower that has dainty cup shaped flowers with a fringe of white or pinkish petals.  Tellima grandiflora is not uncommon and prefers to grow in places with rich soil and plenty of moisture and we found it in a grassy area with masses of stinging nettle which also likes similar growing conditions.

The curious and dainty flowers of fringecup,Tellima grandiflora, at Coxs Lagoon near Texada Airport. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 18th May.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we did some more exploration starting from the Cook Bay Road at just over 400m elevation this time and walking at first along a grassy old logging road and then through quite open forest heading west towards a line of bluffs that we hoped would give us a new viewpoint.  Eventually we did reach a narrow bluff and stopped there for lunch although the view was quite poor.  It was only after some more searching that we located the lovely spot where I took this week's photo.

This coming Saturday 18th May some of the hikers will be helping with the "Texada Beach Clean Up" between 11:00am and 3:00pm.  The meeting place is the beach access behind the RCMP Station and you can contact Ben Reiman at 604 414-9518 or  —    to volunteer.  I will be the guide for the hike as usual.


Hikers at a new viewpoint on the south slope of Mt. Davies about 500m above Shingle Beach.  Mt. Arrowsmith on the left with a snowy top.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Next Hike.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 11th May.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week my idea was to try to hike some part of a very old trail that I had last hiked along many years ago. At that time this very old logging road which was probably built at least forty years ago was getting so overgrown and blocked by fallen trees that I gave up trying to hike it. Another problem at the upper end was the fact that some active beavers had raised the water level of their pond and flooded a short section of the old road.  We had lovely hiking weather again and a very pleasant surprise when we started the hike from the Cook Bay Road end as over the years the route had turned into a wide mossy trail that was easy walking the whole way and even the beaver pond water level had dropped so we crossed that section with dry feet.  In a few places in the forest we came upon clusters of small bright yellow flowers and it seemed appropriate to give the trail the name "Yellow Viola Trail".  After lunch we explored a side trail and visited a small lake that I had never ever seen before and near to the lake there is a bluff with a fantastic view to the west towards Vancouver Island. 

Trailing Yellow Violet, Viola sempervirens on the forest trail from Cook Bay road up to Gentian Lake.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 4th May.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Just look at that fantastic blue sky in this week's picture!  We had near perfect hiking weather last week and drove up to the Mount Grant trailhead to take in the views from the various viewpoints along the circular trail route.  For lunch we picked a sunny spot of the south side of the top of the mountain and were glad we were not bothered by the gusty north wind which might otherwise have been a bit uncomfortable.  This is one of the most popular of our trail routes and no one wants to miss the very short side trail that takes us to a rocky outcrop that for obvious reasons has been named after a much larger mountain in Switzerland. The group photo below is one of those neat timer delay shots that makes it possible to include every one of the nine bipeds as well as the three quadrupeds in the picture.   
A Texada Trekkers group photo on the very top of the tiny rocky miniature Matterhorn Peak on the Mount Grant trail.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 27th April.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we drove south past Shingle Beach to park at the Cook Bay gate.  Hiking south from there we used logging roads and recently flagged trail over open bluffs and through areas with forest cover until we arrived at the base of a massive rock face that towered high above us.  Working our way along the foot of the wall of rock brought us to the lower end of a trail that curves upwards on a narrow ledge and this eventually took us above the tree tops.  Still climbing, at first on the grassy slope of a high ridge and then finally to the highest point where we were rewarded for our efforts and reached the viewpoint in my photo below. What a perfect day and what a wonderful view and it was the very first time for me to step foot on the South Wall Bluff.

The view of the southern part of Lasqueti Island from the top of South Wall Bluff which was our lunch spot south of Cook Bay.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Next hike.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 20th April.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we had another one of those damp and windy days that seem to have been happening a little more often than usual this year.  The snow has gone now from the highest roads on the island so we headed south towards the high ground and parked on the gas line not far from the Hydro Reactor Station.  By heading west under the wires and using the access road that zig-zags down the right of way we eventually reached Thompson Road and then left the wires behind walking north as far as the first side road on the right.  This climbs quite steeply up through a large area that was logged and replanted quite a few years ago.  It was a bit cool and damp where we stopped for lunch, but I was happy to discover a neat little patch of the common Monkey Flower.   Erythranthe guttata is the scientific name for it now as it used to be in a different genus called Mimulus.  It is native over a surprisingly wide area of western North America and I understand it can be found on high mountain ranges as well as along the coastline.  Locally it's very common on the coastal bluffs of Texada often giving them vivid splashes of bright yellow in springtime.
The bright yellow blossoms of Monkeyflower on a small bluff above Thompson Road.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 13th April.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week the weather was not great, with very strong winds that had the ferries tied up for a good part of the day and with frequent and variable intensity rain showers from time to time. The only helpful thing about it was  that the cloud base was not so low that it cut out the view from our lunch spot on Mount Manzanita.  Most of the time we were hiking the sky was overcast, but just by chance the sun came out as we reached the lunch spot, and the extra warmth was very welcome. 

Some of the hikers have been wondering if it might be possible to do a beach potluck picnic sometime soon, with Secret Beach at the mouth of Stromberg Creek as a possible location.  Nothing has been settled so far, but I will let you know if and when it is.

Hiking the steep trail down from the viewpoint on Mount Manzanita.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 6th April.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we drove south past Shingle Beach and on through the long stretch of clearcuts to the junction with Cook Bay Road.  Turning left there instead of going right to the gate we headed uphill a short distance and parked. This section of logging road climbs quite steeply and it gave us a good workout walking up to the next road junction where turning right got us onto an old grassy uphill road that passes an ancient logging truck abandoned there many decades ago.  At the highest point just where the road starts to go downhill we took to the forest knowing we would soon reach a bluff we had only visited once before and at that time, a very cold winter day with snow on the ground, we sat for lunch there in a dense low cloud.  My photo this week shows just what a fantastic view we had missed seeing on our previous visit.  And what a glorious day we had enjoying our lunches in the clear calm spring weather. 

A lovely view to the west from Foggy Bluff high above the Shingle Beach clearcuts.  Mount Arrowsmith is the peak on Vancouver Island with part of Lasquiti Island in the foreground.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday 30th March.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week our hike was a little shorter than usual as we needed to finish in time to attend a meeting about a shellfish project at North-east Bay.  We started off on School Road at the Ballpark and headed uphill along the old logging road that passes Cape Sheaf Lake, turning off before that to reach a nice grassy bluff with a view towards Gillies Bay. The return route to the starting point used some of the new mountain bike trails that criss-cross the forest on the slopes below the bluffs.

My photo this time was taken earlier in the month when I noticed some caterpillar tents on a conifer, in this case a hemlock tree.  For many years we have had regular tent caterpillar invasions that mainly affect deciduous trees and most often our common Red Alder which are sometimes totally stripped of foliage.  This time the food was the tough needles of a conifer and the tent had a much darker appearance as can be seen in my photo.  Also these are a different species of moth with long brown hairs and are not smooth, but I don't have a name for them yet.  I also noticed they were not being killed by late overnight frosts.

A different kind of tent caterpillar that had established a fairly large tent on the branch of a hemlock tree.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 23rd March.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we did a modified version of a hike the Trekkers used to do sometimes many years ago that started from Van Anda and reached by lunchtime a bluff on the east end of Spectacle Lake.  Even though there are now several houses on that shoreline the lunch spot still seems quite remote from any local human activity. The route we used in the morning was through a very large clearcut area to the south of the main Blubber Bay Road and then in the afternoon we returned on a very new trail through the forest below the Van Anda TV Tower.

On a bluff overlooking Spectacle Lake I'm sharing some information about climate change with the other hikers. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Next Hike.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 16th March.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we were again back in the Shingle Beach area, mainly because there were still many areas on the island with lots of snow on the ground where the sun had not yet reached it enough to melt it.  We knew from the previous week that there was plenty of terrain in and around Shingle Beach that was largely snow free and ideal once again for safe hiking.  We picked the coastal trail and enjoyed the bluffs and beaches and the very attractive Secret Beach where the white water, waterfalls and rapids, of Stromberg Creek reaches the sea. 

Yours truly relaxing in the warm spring sunshine on the trail that follows the coastline north from Shingle Beach.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 9th March.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week when we gathered across from the store in Gillies Bay there was still quite a lot of snow in shady areas and we wondered if it might be a problem for us both while driving and hiking.  As we headed south past Davie Bay we were surprised to find less and less and when we started hiking through the campground and along the beach there was none to be seen anywhere.  For lunch we sat in the warm sunshine on the beach logs near Joe Brown's cabin. Afterwards we split up into two groups and took different routes back to the vehicles.  Everyone agreed it was just the most enjoyable outing in every possible way.

Hiking along Shingle Beach on a lovely mild sunny day in early March and the only snow to be seen is on the far away mountains.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 2nd March.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week the hikers met in Van Anda and the hike followed a circular route from the Blubber Bay Road eastwards through the forest that extends over to the shoreline north of Sturt Bay.  It included a visit to the small inlet called Eagle Cove.  The photo with the hike notice email this week was taken on the hike and shows just how persistent the snow has been this year especially where it's out of reach of the welcome sunshine that has been really getting quite warm now we are close to the beginning of March. Thanks Terry. 

Hiking in a snowy forest on the Eagle Cove Trails north of Van Anda in February 2019.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

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