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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.
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Due to a lack of membership response, the proposed Aug. 1-3 Ramblers hike to Perkins Peak (Chilcotin) has been cancelled.
This year is the 35th anniversary of Terry Fox’s run across Canada and the Terry Fox Foundation is organizing a special event at Valemount in his honour. This event will include a hike up Terry Fox Mountain Sept 6th. Because we have been up the trail many times, the Ramblers have been asked to assist with the hike.
Dave King will be helping lead people up to the top but if there is anyone one else willing to assist in leading people up even part way then do let him know.
As not everyone who want to go up Terry Fox are expected to be fit enough to go to the top there will be several different destinations for the participants. These include the viewpoint about 2 hours up the trail, treeline about 3-4 hours up the trail, the radio tower about 5 hrs up, and the summit 6-7 hrs up. If the weather is good and there are some really strong hikers we may even go to the Terry Fox monument which is on a separate ridge and another 2-2.5 hours. If you would just like to do the hike….all or part of the trail, you would be very welcomed.
The event has not been officially advertised yet but soon will be. Then more details will be made known.
Whitebark Pine and Humbug Ridge
During our hike to Humbug Ridge on Sunday, we saw many examples of Whitebark Pine, from very old to very young trees in varying degrees of health. We also saw a young family of Clark’s Nutcrackers, which is no coincidence as they feed on the seeds in the Whitebark Pine cones. If you are interested, take a minute to view Joanne Vinnedge’s presentation on the Whitebark Pine. Joanne is an ecosystem biologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in Fort St James, and she worked under Dave King for about 20 years. Note that the range maps in the presentation do not show all locations in which Whitebark Pine has been identified. Dave says he has seen trees on Murray Mountain in the Pine Pass and, of course, they are on Humbug Ridge behind Crescent Spur. If you are really interested in the Whitebark Pine, there is a two-day workshop on the subject this week in McBride.
Whitebark Pine Management and Recovery Workshop, Dunster, July 29 and 30
Whitebark Pine is an endangered species and our region is pretty much at the northern limits of its current interior population range. There are small populations of whitebarks found in Robson Park, Kakwa Park, near Fort St James and more locally in the Dezaiko Range and at Fang Mountain in the bowl above the caves.
This will be an interesting time to hear about conservation and recovery plans in our neck of the woods. There are likely to be Clark’s Nutcrackers around too! The website for the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada is http://www.whitebarkpine.ca/ and the Link for the McBride (Dunster) meeting is http://www.whitebarkpine.ca/mcbride-2015.html.
Here also is an online presentation about the tree – Click here to view it.
I have posted some other photos from the Humbug Ridge trip and you can view them at the Gallery.
Mother’s Day Trail (Piderny Rec. Area)
The Caledonia Ramblers will be leading a Easy A2a hike on the Mother’s Day Trail (Piderny Rec. Area), on Sunday, August 2. Please meet 10 minutes before the departure time of 9:00 am in the parking lot behind Prince George’s City Hall. The carpool fee is $2.00.
For more info, please contact Nowell at 250-562-7485
After days of rain sunday dawned bright and sunny. 13 ramblers met at 7:30 and after the drive out and shuttling cars we we were on the trail by 8:45. Greeted by Varied thrush along the forested Sugarbowl portion of the trail we made good progress to the ridge with vistas of ice mountain, the Torpy, Bearpaw ridge to the north. Along the ridge on the way to the peak we ran into a blue spruce mom who was in no hurry to leave the trail, had her portrait snapped a dozen times.
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There’s some good news about the Ancient Forest. It is now more protected and hopefully on it’s way to be a Park one day.
Read about this important event at The Citizen Website.
Below are some photos that Mike Nash took at the event.