- June 7: Squamish
June 14: Bowen island
On Wed. June 14 there will be a hike up Mt. Gardner on Bowen Island
Martin Lohmann, Omer Angel and Ed Perkins will lead a group up Mt. Gardner and will be on the 10:05 sailing from the Horseshoe Bay --meet at the front of the ferry.
- 1.5 l. of water (at least)
- good shoes
- rain gear
- compass card (if taking transit)
How to arrive and depart
One first travels to Horseshoe Bay on public transit ( http://tripplanning.translink.ca for trip planning) or through car. Some of this can be done by local people with cars directly, but if you still have space in your car, please contact Sarai at "saraiht" "at" "math.ubc.ca". Daylong parking at Horseshoe Bay is about $14 in the covered lot.
Sarai will take a group taking transit from UBC. The meeting point is the Trolley Bus Loop at 7:30. First, the group will take a bus from UBC to Downtown (Granville St and Goergia St). The routes 4 (Downtown) and 14 (Downtown) depart from the Trolley Bus Loop. (Note that route 44 takes you to Downtown, but its away from 4 and 14) The second part is from Downtown to Horseshoe Bay. Routes 257 (HS Bay Express) and 250 (HS Bay) stop at Georgia and Seymor at 8:21. Following this schedule gives some time to grab a bite in HS Bay.
When you arrive the bus drops you off at the BC Ferry terminal where you may take the Bowen Island ferry (a pleasant 20 min. crossing). The cost for foot passengers (return included) is $12.35.
The current ferry schedule is at http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/wireless/Bowen_Island.html Please note that on Wed. there is no 9:05 sailing from Horseshoe Bay nor 4:15 sailing from Bowen Is., due to special dangerous cargo sailings. Although most will take the 257 Horseshoe Bay Express which arrives at 9:41, in the past we have overwhelmed this bus and so we hope some will consider earlier arrivals. The schedule for bus 257 is available here.
Of course you should feel free to return to Vancouver earlier or later with your own group. Fast hikers (like Martin) can make the 3:10 return but most mortals will prefer the 5:15 and 6:20 sailings. Total hiking time is about 3 hours up and about 2.5 hours down.X
The hike to Mt Gardner will start by walking through Crippen Park to the trailhead. This is a pleasant Park with a nice walk around Killarney Lake. One can spend an enjoyable afternoon here and in the Pub and cafe on the main street in Snug Cove without hiking at all.
Some trailmaps for the hike are at http://bowentrails.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/pdfs/bowen-rotary-trail-map-gardner.pdf but please be aware that it is easy to get lost on the mountain due to the large number of trails and unmarked intersections. The hike involves 700m of climbing. Although it is longer and involves more altitude gain than the Chief last week, it seems a bit less difficult due to the smaller gradient.
There is a gravel beach at Killarney Lake shortly after you re-enter the Park on the return (it is by the wooden bridge). On a nice day it is a good opportunity for a quick dip so you may want to bring a bathing suit. The Snug Cove Cafe has good sandwiches and coffee.X
Head up the road and turn right at the first intersection (Cardena Rd.) then turn left at the Crippen Regional Park sign. Continue towards Killarney Lake until you reach Miller Rd. Turn right and shortly turn left and cross the road at the pedestrian crossing where the trail through Crippen Park continues. Follow the trail until you reach Killarney Lake. Follow the trail to the left along the shore to the picnic area. Continue around the lake and shortly after a small bridge take the sharp left turn up to Mt. Gardner Rd. Turn right at the road and continue a short distance until you see Hiker's Trail Rd (and a large trail map) at which point you turn left and walk up Hikers Trail Rd. Walk along the road until you meet a yellow barrier. Continue a short distance past the barrier until you reach Skid Trail on your left. (It is about 45 min. from the ferry.) Follow Skid Trail as it winds steeply through the forest. Watch carefully for red markers on the trees. Follow signs to South Mt. Gardner Trail. After a while the trail levels off and soon you will come to a couple of viewpoints looking back to Vancouver where you may want to catch your breath. Follow signs to the North Summit as there are no views on the South Summit. (Yes, you are taking the South Mt. Gardner Trail to the North Summit--I told you it is easy to get lost.) After another 30-40 min. you will be on the North Summit where there are two platforms offering great views to Vancouver on the south and to Howe Sound on the north.
To return, take the steep trail with ropes down the north side of the summit. Again follow the red markers closely. After about 20-30 min you will come to another marvellous view of Howe Sound. You should stop here to take in the views as it will likely be the last opportunity. Continue down following the red tags. You will likely come out on the logging road which will lead down to the same yellow gate which you passed near the Skid Trail trailhead. Remember that you are still 45 min. from the ferry terminal.X
June 21: Anvil island
Wed. June 21 there is a hike to Leading Peak on Anvil Is. There will be a bus from Gage residence to Horseshoe Bay and then we will take water taxis to Anvil Is. (about 45 min.).
Pick-up at Gage will be at 6:50AM. The water taxi will leave Horseshoe Bay at 8:15 and pick us up from Anvil at 5:00pm. Return from Horseshoe Bay will be by public transit.
Space is limited due to the water taxis so please register here by noon on Fri. only if you are committed to coming. There is a $30 fee for the transport.
You may have noticed Anvil on the bus trip to Squamish--it is in the middle of Howe Sound and looks like an inverted Anvil. The hike is tougher than the others with 800+m of climbing along a steep trail taking 6 hours of hiking (return). Information about the hike may be found at http://www.willhiteweb.com/canada/anvil_island/leading_peak_trail_362.htm
- 2 l. of water
- good shoes (a must for this... no flip flops!)
- rain gear
- Compass card for the way back
June 28: The last excursion
The final outing on June 28 is being organized by finding a quorum of local people willing to drive or rent cars. We can reimburse rental charges or comparable mileage charges. Destinations can vary. Possibilities include Joffre Lakes (see information at outdorvancouver.ca) or something local which requires less effort. As you can see Joffre Lakes are beautiful and the hike is easier than any of the ones we have already done (as is the case for Eagle Bluffs). It is, however, 3 hours away from UBC.
At this point we are trying to see if driving capacity can match demand. If you have a car or are willing to rent a car please register register at the driver's form). If you are interested in going to one of the above destinations, please register at the hiker's form)
If you are going to self-organize with your own group you should just opt out of course. Please try to register asap so that we can try to organize rentals.X