Cooler temperatures and clearer skies have combined to invite us to return to our local hiking trails.
As mountain biking and dog walking increases, traditional hiking routes have become Multi-use trails. These are tracks that are shared by mountain bikers, horse riders, dog walkers, and hikers. Many trails are now multi-use – Kenna Cartwright, Peterson Creek, Batchelor Hills, Pineview Valley, Harper Mountain, Valleyview Nature Park, and more to come. Motorized users are not included as authorized users of multi-use trails. The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC has developed a Trail User’s Code of Ethics to assist with providing guidelines for sharing the trails.
A number of our shallower alkaline lakes have a toxic algae bloom so caution is advised. We know that Tunkwa and Shumway Lake currently have a blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) so show caution if hiking with pets or children and avoid swimming, paddling or fishing on these lakes until the bloom subsides.
The purpose in building a trail information system on our website is to provide easy access to trail information for our leaders and members. When posting an event, there are details required and the website will eventually have all the relevant information needed to post an event. For members looking for specific information for an outing, the website will have some of the answers (how far, where is the trailhead, how difficult, maps, images, etc.). This is a service for our members. At some point this information will only be visible when logged in so that there is additional value in being a member. The overall goal is to make the club sustainable with many hike leaders, hike co-leaders, and knowledgeable members. Each week additional information is added and the updated trails information is added to the newsletter, but anyone can view the listings on the Trails Page at any time.
Retired now, I get into the outdoors most days to hike, paddle, camp, snowshoe, or explore. Some of my activities involve more difficult routes, but most are suitable for moderately fit people too. Since I am out several times a week, I post one (or two) event(s) each week and I invite a small group of like-minded people to join me.