The Next Hike

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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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