Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Creek Four and Spring/Lewis Lake Reopened

Recent trail closures due to nearby road building activities of two sections of the Sunshine Coast Trail (Creek Four up from Lois Lake up toward Elephant Lake, as well as from Spring Lake to Lewis Lake) have run their course. The SCT is open again in these two sections, as is the trail just to the north of Fiddlehead Farm near the old Giovanni Creek bridge.

One section up from Dixon Road to Mile 4 at Goat Main has been closed due to about a dozen large trees that blew down in the late winter storm have to be dealt with yet by Western FP. There is no joy in trying to go through that tangle and so it has been blocked off for now and will very soon be reopened again as this is a very popular and usually very accessible section of the SCT. Reroute signage has been put in place. Stay tuned. We will inform you of the reopening.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Manzanita Hut Access and Visitors

During April and May a couple of PAWS work parties accessed the Gwendoline Hills section of the Sunshine Coast Trail by way of the Okeover cutblock. Final logging activities were finished in May. The owners, Island Timberland, are planning on restocking the cutblock in the next planting season. 

Where the SCT traverses a corner of private forestland the owner had agreed to leave a buffer trees along the trail.

Some trees had blown down in the buffer during recent wind storms and had blocked the trail a mile south of the Manzanita Hut. Above is a view looking southward from Manzanita Bluff toward 3 K Bluff and the cutblock.

Fortunately the Rhododendron Grove remained intact throughout the logging and the howling storms. The rhodos are nearing the end of their bloom, a delightful visual feast along the trail.
Bruce and Terry, part of the maintenance crew, are happy with the May Day results.

One more final check in the coming week will ensure that the trail is completely re-established and tidy.

Today, visitors from Terrace hiked up to Manzanita Hut from Malaspina Road and found the obstacles removed. Another group from the Lower Mainland and Davies Bay came up via Sarah Point Road and the Spire Access Trail.

The hikers were astonished by the sudden apparition of the hut in the woods. There were some light-hearted musings of living up on idyllic Manzanita Bluff.

Later that day this group of merry media moguls and tourism representatives met at Herondell B&B mixing with locals and enjoying a BBQ. They also got to sample the first locally produced beer from nascent Townsite Craft Brewery.

They seemed to have enjoyed their stay.