Moving time  egy óra 35 perc

Idõ  2 óra 25 perc

Koordináták 983

Uploaded 2019. július 5.

Recorded július 2019

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143 m
27 m
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1,4
2,7
5,46 km

Megtekintve 335 alkalommal, letöltve 7 alkalommal

közel Ladysmith, British Columbia (Canada)

Admittedly, the first 1.5 km of this hike are not the most awe inspiring, you are following an out of service logging road. It is in the shade though and easy walking so a nice respite on a hot day.

The real treasure is the ridge itself, its topography and plant life. It rises 100+ meters from the valley floor with sharply dropping slopes off of two sides. There is also an amazing cleft running down the middle that looks like it was cut with a (large) carving knife.

At the time of this hike the arbutus trees were starting to shed their old red bark revealing the new pistachio coloured bark. In the spring, there are meadows of camas lilies and the ferns hang from the rock walls.

The Retreads Hiking Club gives this hike an AVA rating of 3C for the ridge section of the hike. The approach logging road is a 1A

Looking for a hike in the Cowichan Valley? Or, looking for hiking companions? Google "Retreads Hiking Club CVRD".
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Trailhead & parking

On street parking is available
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Typical trail condition of lower section of logging road

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Lower road is pleasantly shaded

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Water tank

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Start of upper section logging road

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Typical condition of upper road

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The entry to the ridge trail

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Passing through some young forest

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Starting to see some arbutus trees

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The trail meanders through the trees

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Arbutus, shedding their bark

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One face of the cleft. Sort of looks like a whale.

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Fallen arbutus leaves

It is normal for them to shed old leaves during summer.
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Arbutus everywhere!

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Looking down to the ridge bottom

Intersection

Bear right!

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We stopped here for lunch

In the spring this slope would be covered in Camas Lilies
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Looking down to the ridge bottom

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Looking back across the cleft

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Looking down to the ridge bottom

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Looking across to the distant hills

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Looking across to the distant hills

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Looking along the ridge face

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Forest along the lower road is quite lovely

1 comment

  • Fénykép Gary Vermette

    Gary Vermette 2020.06.29.

    I have followed this trail  ellenőrzött  View more

    I love this little trail meandering through a forest of Arbutus which in June is shedding it's outer bark. Not very hard to navigate at all, but a hiking pole is worthwhile to maintain your balance on some narrow and rocky surfaces to traverse. Entrance to the last trail is hard to see and thinned out so keep an eye peeled out for it.

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