Hiking

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Hiking Group 

This group is for members who want a rigorous hike, with varying degrees of difficulty, lasting 2-3 hours.  In addition to a regular hike we may also schedule an alternate, longer more rigorous hike.  Members should be reasonably fit, wear hiking shoes or boots, bring water and a snack.  Many bring hiking poles on the more hilly hikes. After the hike, coffee is our reward!  The hiking group meets Fridays at 8:50 am. at the Fowler Road parking lot.

The group relies upon members to suggest and lead hikes. When proposing a Hike, please refer to the schedule and provide the date & destination.  When submitting your specific hike details for group circulation, kindly aim to have these e-mailed to me latest by the Wednesday afternoon before hike day.

When considering to lead a hike, you may find that our list of hikes will be of use. The data has been compiled by Mick Phillips and, while not exhaustive, provides a comprehensive list of locations tackled over the years by the CB55+ Group.  We’re indebted to Mick for pulling this together for us.  A number of these will be quite familiar to most of the Group however, for those members less so, a quick “google” will provide you with more detail.  That said, if anyone has other fresh ideas on where we could hike, please do feel free to bring them forward. As with new leaders, new destinations will always be welcomed.

Contact: Stew Arnold at stewart.arnold@shaw.ca

 

June 23rd — Witty’s Lagoon 

We will meet as usual at Fowler Park at 8:50 am. to organize carpooling, for departure at 9:00 am. and/or travel directly to the main parking lot at Witty’s Lagoon for 9:30 am.  Turn left off Metchosin Rd., into the main parking lot at Witty’s Lagoon just past Pears Road.

The hike, which will be a little over two hours, will start on the Lagoon trail and proceed clockwise to  Olympic View Drive and onto The Tower Point  section of the park.  We will make our way down to the beach and wade across a 12 inch deep creek at low tide; a small towel and beach shoes would be handy.

The tidal flats will lead us to the beach trail and a forest walk along the lagoon past Sitting Lady Falls, then back to the parking lot.

 

ALTERNATE — Metchosin 4 Parks:

Fridays alternate (long) hike will be one that I don’t think has ever been done as a single hike by CB55+.  This Metchosin loop hike will cover portions of 4 different parks…Matheson Lake, Buckbrush Swamp, Eleanor Mann Park and Metchosin Wilderness Park.

The 10 1/2 km. moderate/difficult hike will take approximately 4 hours which includes a lunch stop with views.  The trails are mostly good with some sections of exposed roots or loose rocks … nothing too rugged.  Some long moderate inclines on the trails but nothing too steep.  Pack a lunch, water, poles, wear suitable clothing and good hiking boots.

Meet at Fowler Road parking lot to car pool for a 9:00 am. departure.  If you intend to meet us at the trailhead let me know by Thursday 9:00 pm. via mary.mike@shaw.ca  or home phone 250-658-4801.  Please leave a message if I don’t answer.

Trailhead is in the Matheson Lake parking lot.  From Happy Valley Road, turn onto Rocky Point Rd. and follow it to Matheson Lake Park Rd … we should be there by 9:45 a.m.  I will take my cell phone on Friday and the number is 250-858-4801 if you need to reach me or if you are going to be late.

 

2017:

June 23                       Witty’s Lagoon                                                        McHugh 
                                     Alternate:
                                     Metchosin 4 Parks Loop                                        Mooney

June 30   

 

July 7

July 14

July 21                         Cordova Bay Beach/Mt Doug                                Dakin

July 28                 

 

 

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