Looking for something to do this summer? Maybe want to get outdoors, but don’t have anyone to go with?
Have no fear, the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society has just released their official 2017 hiking schedule.
Every year, the Tumbler Ridge based outdoor club organizes a series of official hikes, from short evening jaunts at the local park to full-day trips to some of the most spectacular scenery this area of the province has to offer.
You can see part one of this article here, with events to June 10.
June 17 is the day of the Tumbler Ridge Sprint Triathlon. Contact the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre for more information.
On June 25, visit the Shipyard-Titanic area, a moderately tough hike to a popular are for both climbing and spotting mountain goats. Afterwards, visit Babcock Falls, where the brave can go for a plunge in the bracing waters at the base of the falls.
On July 1, the annual trek to the top of Babcock Mountain is happening. Hike the 8 km, or run the longer 15 km to the top, where the crew will sing O Canada.
The next weekend, make the moderately tough climb up the Bergeron Cliffs, the scar that runs across the face of the mountain seen north of the Tumbler Ridge Townsite.
The next few hikes are some of the most difficult and rewarding destinations. On July 22, the crew is heading up to Holzworth Meadows hike. The distance is listed as 8 km, but really, you can wander all day in the high alpine through wild flowers. The next weekend, the destination is Windfall Lake. Trek in via the new circular route to this alpine tarn, with an optional visit to Caribou Cave.
The Emperor’s Challenge happens on August 12, and if you aren’t signed up already, you’re out of luck.
The weekend after, on August 19, the destination is Bootski Lake, so called because of the snow fields that visitors can slide down, even this late in summer. The high alpine tarn is nestled at the foot of a spectacular rock wall, with plenty of options for exploring even higher.
The next few hikes wrap up the season, first an easy pair of waterfalls: Barbour Falls & Nesbitt’s Knee Falls on Sunday, August 27, 8:00. Of course, if that’s too easy, some of the crew will be heading on to Monkman Provincial Park, where you can hike the Stone Corral, Lake Joan and the bottom of Kinuseo Falls for five hikes in one day.
Visit the Murray Canyon Overlook (6 km) in all its autumnal glory on Saturday, September 16, 9:00 am. For those with more energy, Tepee Falls is also on the menu, for an extra 6 km.
The last hike of the season is Larry’s Trail and Linda’s Trail on Sunday, October 15. This moderate 5 km hike down to the banks of the Murray is hosted by Larry White, for whom the trail is named.
For more information on any of these hikes, contact Brandon Braam at (250) 242-7387.