The next hike will be on Saturday, 11th January.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we felt there would still not be much snow yet on the high ground and headed up Bell Road, past First Lake and parked at the junction just after the Vancouver Island Hydro lines. There was nothing more than the odd tiny patch of snow here and there and we were soon hiking south along the gas pipeline and made good progress past the north end of Bobs Lake to the road gravel pit on the sharp corner. From there we took the steep trail up through the forest to the viewpoint at the top of Mt. Flicker, our lunch spot. Although the elevation is pretty high here there was no snow to be seen in any direction. However, there were plenty of ominous clouds not far away from us and it was too cold to sit still for very long. We did have some snow patches on the trail on the north side of the peak, but nothing when we got back to the road again. We did run into a brief snow shower and my shot shows it had began to turn the road white as we headed back downhill to the vehicles.
Hiking in early January on the road near Bobs Lake. The snow flakes were extra large, but it only lasted for a few minutes.