Tuesday May 13, 2014

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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.

These guides are available from:

Books & Company Spruceland News
Tourism PG UNBC Bookstore
McBride Tourism Info Centre Valemount Tourism Info Centre
The Wild Life CNC Bookstore
Valemont Museum and Archives

Or order by emailing: caledoniaramblers@yahoo.ca

Saturday October 25, 2014

Soon, snowshoe season will begin!

 

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Saturday October 25, 2014

DSCN1409Viking Ridge Trip Report – October 5, 2014

14 souls met at the City parking lot at 7:30 for the hour drive to the Viking Ridge Trail head. We started up the trail at 8:45.  The forecasted rain had not yet arrived.  (Chris had asked Brendan to allay the rain – we finally experienced rain around 2ish) It was remarkably dark in the trees for such a bright morning.

The trail has a series of steep sections with lesser grades in between. We took a number of rest/snack breaks along the way with a long break at the tarn – (the water was the lowest I had seen). From the tarn we headed up the rocky trail and along the lower ridge with excellent views of the Bowron valley.  We made the main ridge about one o’clock, (faint with hunger some advised).  After a short lunch break and with the wind rising some hiked eastward to the high point of the ridge. Excellent views to the North, East and South.  Scudding, brooding clouds were blowing in from the South East, it was time to head down.  We chose the Northerly spur for our descent, flagged a year or two ago by Dave and Lyle.  Along the way we found an unusual biffy.  18 large piles of grizzly scat lay in an area 25 by 25 feet – no one had seen the like before.  It looked old to me, but I think our pace quickened.

We descended down the flagged route to the first meadow – frequented by Caribou in the winter.  Then we left the marked trail and walked a compass bearing through glades and bush to the point where the trail first breaks out of the trees near km 3.5.  The descent from that point was in rain, muddy and root-slippery.  One member slipped and fell, cutting her face (rewarded at the ER with 4 stitches).  There were other slips but no injuries.  We arrived at the cars at 5.  A long, worthwhile day with stories to tell.

Chris Thornhill

You can view photos of the trip by visiting the Gallery.

Saturday October 25, 2014

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Lower Goat River Trail trip report – Sept 28th

Thirteen showed up for this “moderate” hike of a trail the club has
not done before. The trail, part of the National Hiking Trail, begins
at the Goat River Highway 16 rest stop and goes northwestward through
cedar forests and old logging to Loos. Tim and I had been out two
weeks earlier to assist members of the Fraser Headwaters Alliance and
Ozalenka Alpine Club clear part of the trail of logs and brush.

Sunday October 19, 2014

Tabor Mountain

The Caledonia Ramblers will be leading an Mod C3d hike on Tabor Mountain. on Sunday, Oct. 26. Please meet 10 minutes before the departure time of 9:00 a.m. behind Prince George’s City Hall in the parking lot. The carpool fee is $4.00.

For more information, please contact  Nowell S. at 250-562-7485

Please note that dogs are not allowed on club trips.

Monday October 13, 2014

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Lost Lake Hike Trip Report – October 5, 2014

Eight Ramblers were joined by eleven guests from Beaverly and the neighbourhood close to the Lost Lake Wetland Area for a tour made more interesting by our guest Doug Beckett who shared his passion for the wetlands with information ranging from biological to geological features, to stories such as the one about what happened to greedy mice that pigged out on fir cones

It was a beautiful mild fall day with still a lot of colour around us and a great diversity of trees and plants including carpets of moss, lichens and some ancient Douglass Fir trees.

We began our hike where Marvin Road meets up with Big Fir Road east of Lost Lake – actually what appears to be three lakes running north/south created from one lake by two beaver dams. So, we headed south west and reached the ridge overlooking the Chilako River area by crossing the dam dividing the lake furthest south and the middle lake.

After lunch on the ridge overlooking a vista of autumn decor, we went north along the ridge, and then bushwhacked to the dam dividing the northern most lake from the middle lake. From here and going north east we found our way back to Big Fir road.

The trek was a combination of rustic trails, no trails and a great amount of climbing over blow downs which are to remain to deter motorized use until the area has a trail plan, and established as a Recreation/Conservation Site.

You can view photos of the trip by visiting the Gallery.

Monday October 13, 2014

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Week-long Trip Report – Wolverine Range – Aug 9-16, 2014

For 2014 we wanted to go somewhere new for the club week-long trip and, in the end, decided to go to the Germansen Landing area north of Fort St James. Further research led us to decide on the Wolverine Range that lies between Germansen Landing and Williston Lake. The Wolverine Range would have us largely in the alpine and in an area rarely visited (except by a few hunters)….both being attractive factors. The Range is in the Omineca Prov. Park but park staff had little info on it.

In July Judith and I drove up to Germansen Landing to check out roads and made other arrangements…..locals said they knew of no others who had ever been to the Wolverine Range just to hike. Our plan was to fly in by helicopter to the northerly part of the range then spend 5-6 days hiking south along it coming out onto the “North Road” near Manson Creek.

August 9th nine of us set off going north via Fort St. James and what was once known as the “North Road” or “Omineca Mining Road”. The road was in wonderful shape and in 5 hours (noon hour) we reached the Germansen Landing store. Lyle and I ferry my car back to the Manson Creek store some 35 km to the south where we intended to come out from the hike.