Are you looking for the most current information about our local trails? Then look no further then the Caledonia Ramblers Trail Guide! It is the most current trail guide for the trails around Prince George, and we update it regularly. We know what the current access of the trails is like, and other important information as we hike up the trails frequently. And the best part is if you buy one of our trail guides (or both), you are supporting maintenance of our trails. Our club spends a good deal of the Summer working on the trails so that they are easily accessible to all hikers, club members or not. You might even be lucky to spot some of our members cleaning a trail that you are hiking on. Without the help of the volunteer trail workers, there would be no trail!
If you are interested in all the hiking opportunities in and around Prince George, then you must pick up a copy of these two trail guides. They contain complete descriptions of over 50 trails, along with directions and trail ratings.
As the weather this coming weekend is unsuitable for an attempt on Mt. Trudeau, I am changing the weekend hike to a day trip Sunday up the West Driscoll trail. This will be a moderately strenuous hike. This may be one of the last times we can use this existing trail as after the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure begins using the rock quarry at the trailhead, it will be cut off. We will be working on an alternate route for the West Driscoll trail later this fall.
The trail is a relatively steep trail so if wet, it can be slippery in places. The objective will be the lake up on the ridge, but if the weather co-operates, we may go to the radio tower at the summit. We will meet at the parking lot behind City Hall at 7:30 am. The passenger fee is $10. Be prepared for possible showers. If you forget your lunch, we may be lucky and find some huckleberries. For information, call Dave at 250 564-8887.
On Sept. 4th, the Terry Fox Foundation will hold its second annual trek up Mt. Terry Fox, near Valemount. It has been 35 years since Terry Fox passed away. If you are interested in taking part, then contact me (Dave 250 564-8887) as I will be helping lead the participants up. Last year I also helped and about 70 attempted the hike and about 40 made it to the summit. This is not a Ramblers’ hike, but Ramblers are welcome to participate.
The hike up does not include any difficult rock scrambling or steep slopes, but does involve ascending about 6,000 vertical feet. That is like climbing almost to the top of Sugarbowl twice in the same day from the parking lot. It takes about six hours up and four to five hours down.
If conditions are suitable, then those able and willing will also go to the Terry Fox monument, which is on an adjacent ridge. To go to the monument and return to the main trail adds on another 1,500 feet of elevation gain and includes some steep scrambling. That may add 1.5 to two hours to the day.
We would drive to Valemount Saturday afternoon, likely attend a Terry Fox function in Valemount in the early evening, eat and then camp somewhere near the trail head. We would be up by 5 a.m. Sunday to get on the trail around 6 a.m.
The Caledonia Ramblers will be leading a Strenuous (D5e) overnight hike to The Farm cabin, 117 km northeast of Prince George, Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21. People who want to participate in this hike should call Chris, the trip leader, prior to Aug. 20 to confirm their attendance, to get details about the trip, and to discuss the cabin’s amenities and what they’ll need to bring with them. All hikers should bring insect repellent or mosquito nets, adequate water and rain gear for the trip. The cabin can hold six people, but more are welcome to come on this hike if they bring their own tents. The scheduled departure time for the trip is Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 a.m. but because it will be a Saturday, the meeting place will NOT be behind Prince George City Hall.
To confirm your attendance and to get more trip details, please call Chris at 250-963-7497.
Please note that there will be no posts here for at least a week as we are all away on adventures! For any questions about upcoming trips, please email us at email@example.com for a quick response.
The Caledonia Ramblers will be leading an Easy/Moderate (D2e) hike to Chinlac, east of Vanderhoof, on Sunday, Aug. 7. Participants should make sure they bring insect repellent or mosquito nets, plenty of water, and rain gear for the trip. Please meet 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time of 8 a.m. in the parking lot behind Prince George City Hall. The carpool fee is $15.
For more information, please call Nowell at 250-562-7485.