The Next Hike

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Next Hike

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

Last week we were not too sure where the snow-line was so decided to pick a hike route that would likely have a good view, but not be so far south as to  still be snow covered. As we drove south along Bell Road there was no snow in sight in the First Lake area so chose the top of Plateau Mountain as our destination. Walking uphill on the long abandoned logging road through the forest the atmosphere felt so good, fresh clean air with rays of the sun finding ways through the canopy.  The trail gets steeper as you climb higher and leaving the forest behind we soon found ourselves mainly in warm sunshine.  Our regular lunch spot was where we had lunch and you can see from my photo that the nearest clouds were far, far away above the Vancouver Island mountains — just perfect!
JD. 

Another lovely winter day for hiking, in this case to the top of Plateau Mountain. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

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Friday, February 21, 2020

The next hike.

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

Last week it was a damp fairly mild day with low fog and spells of quite light rain.  No chance of getting a view on the high ground, or any where else for that matter, so we decided to do forest trails plus a section of Shingle Beach as the tide was quite suitable for doing that around mid-day. Starting point was at the junction just up the last hill down to the Shingle Beach Campground and we made it a loop hike by using the main logging road through the recent logging areas and then dropping down to the beach at the abandoned cabins.  This week's photo gives an idea of what kind of day it was and why this beach has the name it's been given — apart from some larger boulders here and there most of it is the grey shingle in the picture.  
JD.

At the Brown cabin a couple of kilometres south on Shingle Beach on a dull and slightly damp day in February. [TH photo]

Friday, February 14, 2020

Next Hike

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

Last week we drove south past the fallen tree that had blocked the road the Saturday before and headed up the Cook Bay road to the parking place about halfway up towards Mt. Davies.  Our destination was quite a lot higher and we figured the snow in the forest would not be too bad at all as there had been some mild rainy days that week.  We guessed right and made it to the Not-been-to-before-lake Bluff in good time.  My photo shows we had a great view of the snow-capped peaks on Vancouver Island as we ate lunch.  On the way back we made the short side-trip to Stromberg Falls and were rewarded with a wonderful display of water crashing down the cliffs. It's too bad the forest is so thick there that getting a single decent photo when the flow is that great is really not possible — you just have to be there.
JD.  

It was another lovely day for hiking to a high point with a fine view. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Next Hike

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

Last week we were really lucky with the weather again and had a combination of factors that are not all that usual at this time of the year.  We wanted to reach a high elevation spot with a great view and decided on the three small bluffs that sit close together on the south slope of Mt. Davies.  When we started driving expecting to have some snow on the high elevation areas we were quite surprised to discover that there was none to be seen even on the roads, and none in the forest either plus the large beaver pond part way along our trail was entirely ice free! And this was a mid-winter day. The photo shows the view looking north-west to the Vancouver Island mountains and you can imagine with little if any breeze it felt very pleasant sitting in the sun for a while.
JD.  


The panoramic view from a bluff, one of three on the slopes of Mt. Davies that we call Unotwotrois Bluffs. [TH photo]