Trail Walks

Upcoming Trail Walk …(runs rain or shine)

2015

ELF Walk – Chanterelle Forest – Sunday, November 22, 2015 – Meet 1 PM – SCRD Offices on Field Road
Where: Join Us for a Walk through the threatened Chanterelle Forest  
When: this Sunday, November 22, 2015 
Meet:  1 PM  – SCRD Offices on Field Rd
Time and Conditions: 3 to 4 hours, with some steep sections, you should be in moderate condition….dress accordingly and bring water and snacks.

For more details

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Date: Tuesday, December 30th at 1PM
Where: Elphinstone Community Health Trail
Time: 1 PM
Meeting Location: B & K Rd (off Hwy 101) at the powerlines. The B & K is in Roberts Creek, east of the Sunshine Coast Golf Course and Cliff Gilker Park
Bring: rain gear, water, snacks
Round Trip: 3-4 hours
Level: Moderate

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 30th at 1PM to join us on a guided walk along the ‘Elphinstone Community Health Trail’. Meet on the B & K Rd (off Hwy 101 in Roberts Creek) at the powerlines. Back by 4:30pm.

You can get more info, maps and pictures of the Community Health Trail by clicking the Campaigns tab above or here Protect the Elphinstone Community Health Trail 

 

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Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Where: ‘The Clack Creek Gallery Forest’ 
Time: 1 PM
Meeting Location: B & K Rd (off Hwy 101) at the powerlines. The B & K is in Roberts Creek, east of the Sunshine Coast Golf Course and Cliff Gilker Park
Bring: rain gear, water, snacks
Round Trip: 3-4 hours
Level: Moderate

For Full Details: http://www.loggingfocus.org/campaigns/the-clack-creek-gallery-forest-upcoming-trail-walk/

As Part of the GPAG Showing – Our Forest Aug. 17 – Sept. 21)  …. ELF is giving three forest walks on the dates below…

August 31, Sunday 1-3pm: Guided Forest Walk through sections of the Elphinstone Community Health Trail and the Forest Sign Walk Trail

September 7th Sunday 1-3pm: Guided Forest Walk  through sections of the Elphinstone Community Health Trail and the Forest Sign Walk Trail

September 14th 1-3pm: Guided Forest Walk  through sections of the Elphinstone Community Health Trail and the Forest Sign Walk Trail.

Meet up the B&K logging road, under the power lines, at the entrance to the Equestrian parking lot, 1pm. Dress Accordingly and bring water and snacks. This is a moderate level hike.

SEE a  description of the forest walk areas by clicking on the links on the website below:


Date: Sunday, June 8th.
Walk:‘THE ELPHINSTONE FAMILY TREE’ EVENT
Details: Meeting Place: along the B & K Rd (off Hwy 101) at the powerlines @ 1PM.
Wear something colorful.

Elphinstone Family Tree Event - Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Elphinstone Family Tree Event – Sunday, June 8th, 2014

‘THE ELPHINSTONE FAMILY TREE’ EVENT
Sunshine Coast We Need Your Help to Save a Piece of Mt. Elphinstone

Sad, but true, another logging operation is planned in a beautiful natural forest on the Elphinstone slopes, where residents have been calling for park expansion.
See thelocalweekly newspaper ad:
Elphinstone Family Tree Event June 8th Poster

Has the Province, through BC Timber Sales, gained the ‘social license’ to clear-cut another piece of our local forests? Have they consulted you? Forests provide environmental services to you and your family without ever sending a bill: including oxygen supply, carbon sequestering, regulation of water flows, micro-climate, recreation, spiritual fulfillment, wildcrafting and habitat for animals. These forests support a local, sustainable tourism industry; however tourists will stay away from a Clear-Cut Coast.

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) is a forestry watch and protection group. To push back on this next marchof logging across Elphinstone, we’re planning a huge group photo shot in the upper Clack Creek area to show opposition to the proposed destruction of this irreplaceable ecosystem.

We require concerned citizens to show up, each selecting a tree that resonates with them and standing resolutely in front of it. Photographers will capture a forest scene with dozens of human figures standing at the base of every tree in the picture. Opportunity for kids to partake in a peaceful protest. In addition, participants will be given material to name their tree.

The resulting picture illustrates that we’re inextricably tied to healthy forest ecosystems. Please come out for this fun day and spread the word. BCTS Planners will receive a color photo of the completed forest-people scene.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 8th.
Meeting Place: along the B & K Rd (off Hwy 101) at the powerlines @ 1PM.
Wear something colorful.

At 4:00 PM we meet for a luncheon (vegetarian & wild salmon burgers) barbecue at a patio built in this forest. $5 donation. Please RSVP by June 6th to indicate you’re coming so we know numbers for the lunch.


Date: Sunday, May 4th @ 1PM

TrailFest-Wagon-Rd-Trail-Pre logging

TrailFest-Wagon-Rd-Trail-Pre logging

Walk: Join us on a Walk of the Historic ‘Wagon Trail’ across the Elphinstone Slopes

Details: Mark your calendars for this Sunday, May 4th @ 1PM. Meet along the B & K Rd (off Hwy 101) at the powerlines.  Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) will be leading a group across a key section of the Trailfest Wagon Rd Trail (Wagon Trail). Formerly a skid trail, where a team of oxen would pull timber selectively logged back in the Coastal pioneer days; it’s now a popular hiking and biking route of both local and national significance.

The ‘Wagon Trail’ passes through a deep-green forest, crosses numerous step-pool streams that support ideal amphibian habitat. The trail has been impacted by clearcut logging and not properly restored to any semblance of its original state.

Our walk will also take us into one of the finest patches of ‘emerging’ old-growth forests left on the Elphinstone slopes. Expect to be awed by the wonders of this lush, jungle-like environment. ELF has been watching over this forest for several years now and had obtained a deferral on its cutting, however plans have arisen again that should alarm the community. Please join us to learn about forest ecology, local history and possible future environmental impacts.

Roundtrip 3-4 hours. Bring snacks and water. Hiking Level: Moderate

For more information call 604-740-5654. Email: loggingfocus@gmail.com

Save the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

Save the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

Date: Sunday, April 13th, 2014Walk: Join us for an Emergency Reed Rd Forest Reserve Trail Walk

Details: Meet at the Gibsons Park Plaza (by the old McDonald’s) at 1pm and car pool to the trailhead.  Round trip: 3 hours. ELF has sketched out a trail  loop that takes us into the heart of the forest.

Further Details:

Emergency Walk-About in Threatened Forest Reserve. This, Sunday (April 13) ELF is hosting a guided hike through ‘The Reed Rd. Forest Reserve’ which is flagged for logging. Meet in Gibsons, at the IGA parking (south side) at 1PM. Folks this forest has been a watershed reserve from the start of Gibson’s history, but now BC Timber Sales (with support of the Province) wants to remove its protective status and commence logging at some unknown date. To top it off, this is pure Coastal Douglas-fir forest – an endangered forest ecosystem. Mark this on this one calendar as its an important campaign to join hands on, fight for and to win now and for future generations. Round trip 3 hrs. Moderate level hiking.
Note: http://www.loggingfocus.org/get-involved/events-trail-walks-trail-building/trail-walks/legal-liability-release-form/
Save the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

Save the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

Date: Sunday, March 9th, Reed Rd Forest Trail Walk

Walk: Reed Rd Forest Reserve Trail Walk

Details: Meet at the Gibsons Park Plaza (by the old McDonald’s) at 1pm and car pool to the trailhead.  Round trip: 3 hours. ELF has sketched out a trail  loop that takes us into the heart of the forest.

Ad - Reed Road Forest Reserve Trail Walk

Ad – Reed Road Forest Reserve Trail Walk

Please read the below attached ad in The Local Weekly for the upcoming Sunday, March 9th, Reed Rd Trail Walk.

Reed Rd Forest ad

Visit our Campain page here for full details.

 

 


Date: Sunday, January 5th, 2014, 10:30AM 
Walk: Elphinstone Community Health Trail –
Details: Come out Sunday, January 5th, 2014 – we’re meeting at 10:30Am along the B & K Rd off Hwy 101. At the power lines pull over to the right. Bring lunch, water and/or hot beverages.
View fullpage article in the localweekly.ca
To SEE Maps and Directions to the Elphinstone Community Health Trail just follow the link below:
http://www.loggingfocus.org/campaigns/protect-the-elphinstone-community-health-trail/

2013

To SEE Maps and Directions to the Elphinstone Community Health Trail just follow the link below:

http://www.loggingfocus.org/campaigns/protect-the-elphinstone-community-health-trail/

Date:  Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Walk: Elphinstone Community Health Trail – Grand Opening – Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Details: Elphinstone Community Health Trail (Google Map)Elphinstone Community Health Trail – Grand Opening – Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) invites local residents to the opening of a new trail that connects up a large section of the lower Elphinstone forest slopes. The recently completed trail links up 2 of the isolated Elphinstone Parks taking you through some beautiful stands of emerging old-growth.  See our recent ad in the CoastReporter.net. Health Trail ad October 26

To view images and get further background details check out the campaigns section on the website here, view our facebook page and the images taken by TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance.

The Health Trail is approx. 4kms (2.5 miles) in length on varied terrain crossing 10 creeks on narrow foot bridges. This trail has a 7.5 rating for difficulty. Hikers must be in good shape. Estimated round trip: 3.5 hrs. No dogs as cougar, bear, deer, elk, bobcat, pheasants, fox (sighted 12/10/13) and grouse are found throughout the Elphinstone area. Kids 10 yrs and older are encouraged to try it out.

In Japan, there’s a term; ‘Forest Bathing’ to reflect the positive benefits that the forest green and its oxygen production has on health. These trees are working 24/7 for us. Once you discover this awesome new trail route then make it a part of your regular outdoor recreation.

Come out Saturday, October 26th, 2013 meeting at 10:30am along the B & K Rd off Hwy 101. At the power lines pull over to the right. Bring lunch, water and/or hot beverages.

View Ad Advertisement in the www.Coast reporter.net

Date: Sunday, August 25, 2013

Walk Cancelled – Walks will resume in the next 2 to 3 weeks.  Please check back here, our facebook page, in the local newspapers for advertised future walks and for email walk updates.  If you are not on our list consider signing up through links on our website.  Thank you.

Date: Sunday, August 11, 2013, 1PM
Walk: The Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest, this Sunday, August 11th. Meet at the Roberts Creek Hall at 1PM. Round Trip: 3-4 hours.
Details: Meet  just up the B & K Rd, off Hwy 101 – at the powerlines.  At 1 PM. Trail Difficulty: Medium – Easy walk (for a fit person). Trail undulates – with some elevation gain. Please check out Campaigns section for full details – See Home page intro slider and the Protect Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest campaign Here

View Ad Advertisement via the link here: RC Headwaters Ancient Forest Walk August 11

Duration: Round Trip: 3-4 hours.
Bring: Camera, trail walking footwear, water, snacks and dress appropriately for the weather.

Highlights:
Ancient yellow cedar trees in excess of 1000 years old.
Experience a truly ancient forest untouched by forest fires that has developed naturally for 1000s of years.
Read the press release on the recent discovery of an Extraordinary Number of Pacific Yews found after just a partial survey of this ancient forest: ELF Press Release Pacific Yews June 2013

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Date: Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Walk:  The Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest, this Sunday, June 30th.  Meet at the Roberts Creek Hall at 1PM.  Round Trip: 3-4 hours.
Details: Meet at the Roberts Creek Hall at 1 PM.
Easy walk (for a fit person). Trail undulates – with some elevation gain.  Please check out Campaigns section for full details – See Home page intro slider and the Protect Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest campaign Here
Duration: Round Trip: 3-4 hours.
Bring: Camera, trail walking footwear, water, snacks and dress appropriately for the weather.

Highlights:
Ancient yellow cedar trees in excess of 1000 years old.
Experience a truly ancient forest untouched by forest fires that has developed naturally for 1000s of years.
Read the press release on the recent discovery of an Extraordinary Number of Pacific Yews found after just a partial survey of this ancient forest:

ELF Press Release Pacific Yews June 2013

Date: Sunday, June 9th, 2013
Walk: Elphinstone Community Health Trail
Details: Sunday, June 9th, 2013 @ 1PM meet at the upper Roberts Creek Community Hall parking lot, then car pool to the trailhead along the Wilson Creek Forest Service Road (accessed at the top of Lockyer Rd. in Roberts Creek).
Round trip: 3 hours – bring water and snack
Trail is well defined and is rated as medium and requires one to be in good physical condition.

Description: 

June 5th, 2013 New ‘Elphinstone Community Health Trail’ Opens

Across the lower slopes of Mt. Elphinstone lies a provincially unique forest ecosystem. Where in the B.C. do you find a mountain slope rising gently from the ocean eventually meeting the rugged Coast Mountains? Right here on the lower Sunshine Coast and its something to experience and celebrate.

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) invites all outdoor enthusiasts to walk a new trail that goes across an unexplored section of the Elphinstone slopes. The trail is a large loop taking us to towering Douglas-fir Veterans, through fern filled mossy gullies, follows animal trails and comes out into secret grottos.

The David Suzuki Foundation is challenging Canadians to commit to spending 30 minutes per day outside in nature for 30 days to help improve over all health. In this spirit, we’ve decided to call the trail ‘The Elphinstone Community Health Trail’. We encourage parents to bring their children along for this inspiring walk through some of the greenest forests on the planet. Let’s get moving and have this forest become part of our weekly health regime.

ELF respects that these Elphinstone slopes are on shishalh traditional territory (Sechelt) and that these lands were never sold or given away to the ‘Crown’. In addition, these forests provide bio-diversity for many forms of life.

(Please check out Campaigns section for upcoming further details and pictures – Protect Elphinstone Community Health Trail  Here.)

For more information, email loggingfocus@gmail.com | www.loggingfocus.org

Mission: Elphinstone Logging Focus: Protecting Key Forests and Habitats in order to conserve ecosystems, supporting recreation, tourism and community enjoyment

Date: Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
Walk: Elphinstone Living Garden Forest | See ad description here: Elphinstone Living Forest-ad
Time: 1 PM meetup at the Roberts Creek Community Hall (upper parking lot) and we`ll coordinate rides. It’s just a 10 minute drive from the Community Hall to the trail-head – trail walk is approximately 2 to 3 hours in total).
Duration: Approximately 2-3 hours.
Bring: Camera, trail walking footwear, water, snacks and dress appropriately for the weather.
Details: medium diffuclty walk  (should be healthy and fit). Trail undulates – no elevation gain.

Please check out Campaigns section for full details – Protect Elphinstone Living Garden Forest – (BCTS) TFL A87126 Cutblock. 

Description of Area:

‘The Elphinstone Living Garden Forest’, is an intact forest, on the lower Mt Elphinstone slopes showing old-growth characteristics. Step-pool streams create ideal amphibian habitat. There’s evidence of elk, deer and bear. Huge dead-standing trees are slowly creating the next soil layer.

It’s a tranquil place that should be left for all-time.

Now the bad news: this forest is a BC Timber Sales (BCTS) TFL A87126 Cutblock now surveyed for clear-cut logging. Logging will do irreparable damage to the many other recorded values in place.

The area under question is between Clack & Gough Creeks along Roberts-Flume FSR Br. 1.

There’s been no public input on this proposed logging, because as we know, we live in a Timber State. Here’s your chance to see what’s up in this forest and what could be coming down. This area is shishalh (Sechelt) traditional territory, and within the proposed 1,500ha Mt. Elphinstone Prov. Park expansion. Note: TrailFest Wagon bike trail cuts through the surveyed block and will become part of a massive clear-cut.  Mountain bikers will be concerned about the loss of this trail in a worldclass biking area.

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2012 -2011


Date: Sunday, November 11 , 2012
Walk: Wilson Creek Forest, on the lower slopes of Mt. Elphinstone
Time: 1 PM meetup at the Roberts Creek Community Hall (upper parking lot) and we`ll coordinate rides. It’s just a 10 minute drive from the Community Hall to the trail-head – trail walk is approximately 1 1/2 hours in total).
Duration: Approximately 2-3  hours.
Bring: Camera, trail walking footwear, water, snacks and dress appropriately for the weather.
Details: Easy walk (for a fit person). Trail undulates – no elevation gain.  Please check out Campaigns section for full details – Save the Wilson Creek Forest Trail Here

Additionally – Visit the Get Involved >Take Action section here on the website and send an email of support to save this forest.  It will only take a few minutes.  All  information and emails are provided.  All you have to do is go to the Wilson Creek Forest Campaign and send an email  in support of  protection of this forest.  It is also a key westerly forest lying within the Proposed 1500Ha Mt. Elphinstone Park Expansion area so you can easily send an email for this campaign as well.  Thank you.


Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Walk:   Wilson Creek Forest Trail Walk (8-26-2012)| Walk includes an acoustic guitar perfomance by Juno nominated Joel Fafard.  | Plus Come, see and enjoy the new 27 Bio-diversity loop trail stations. 

As advertised in this week’s  www.localweekly.ca all residents concerned about the threat of logging another close proximity, irreplaceable, old-growth forest on the Sunshine Coast to come out for a guided walk into the threatened Wilson CreekForest, on the lower slopes of Mt. Elphinstone.

Time: 1 PM meetup at the Roberts Creek Community Hall (upper parking lot) and we`ll coordinate rides. It’s just a 10 minute drive from the Community Hall to the trail-head – trail walk is approximately 1 1/2 hours in total).
Duration: Approximately 2-3  hours.
Bring: Camera, trail walking footwear, water, snacks and dress appropriately for the weather.
Details: Easy walk (for a fit person). Trail undulates – no elevation gain.  Please check out Campaigns section for full details – Save the Wilson Creek Forest Trail Here


Date: Sunday, July 29, 2012
Walk: Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest
Details: As advertised in thelocalweekly.

Easy walk (for a fit person). Trail undulates – with some elevation gain.  Please check out Campaigns section for full details – See Home page intro slider and the Protect Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest campaign Here

Time: 1 PM meetup at the Roberts Creek Community Hall (upper parking lot) and we`ll coordinate rides. It’s just a 20 minute drive from the Community Hall to the trail-head – trail walk is approximately 2 hours in total).
Duration: Approximately 3  hours.
Bring: Camera, trail walking footwear, water, snacks and dress appropriately for the weather.


Date: Sunday, July 1, 2012
Walk: Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest
Details: As advertised in thelocalweekly –
ELF July 1st Walk RC Headwaters Ancient Forest


Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
Walk: Wilson Creek Forest Trail Walk | Come, see and enjoy the new Bio-diversity loop trail stations…

Time: 1 PM meetup at the Roberts Creek Community Hall (upper parking lot) and we`ll coordinate rides. It’s just a 10 minute drive from the Community Hall to the trail-head – trail walk is approximately 1 1/2 hours in total).
Duration: Approximately 2  hours.
Bring: Camera, trail walking footwear, water, snacks and dress appropriately for the weather.
Details: Easy walk (for a fit person). Trail undulates – no elevation gain.  Please check out Campaigns section for full details – Save the Wilson Creek Forest Trail Here

Additionally – Visit the Get Involved >Take Action section and send an email of support to save this forest.  It will only take a few minutes.  All  information and emails are provided.  All you have to do is go to the Wilson Creek Forest Campaign and send an email  in support of  protection of this forest.  It is also a key westerly forest lying within the Proposed 1500Ha Mt. Elphinstone Park Expansion area so you can easily send an email for this campaign as well.  Thank you.

Legal: All Participants will need to sign a Liability Release Waiver – shown at this link

Please Print Out, Sign and Bring to the Trail Walk. Thank you.

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2012
Walk: Day Rd Forest

Description: This a community walk into Day Rd Forest.  Everyone should meet at 1 PM at the end of Day Rd.  The trail walk is approximately 2-3 hours round trip.   There will be a ‘Photo-Opp’  for the community to state their opposition to Island Timberlands logging a highly-valued recreational area.

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012
Walk: TrailFest-Wagon Forest

Description: TrailFest-Wagon Forest contains a network of mountain biking, walking and historic trails that would be partly or completed destroyed by logging. Calling on all mountain bikers who love this area to bring your bikes for a photo-op.

Additionally – Visit the Get Involved >Take Action section  and go to the Park Expansion Campaign and TrailFest-Wagon Forest Campaign and send an email  in support of  protection and the 1500Ha Mt. Elphinstone Park Expansion Proposal.

Time: 1 PM meetup at the Roberts Creek Community Hall (upper parking lot) and we`ll coordinate rides. It’s just a 20 minute drive from the Community Hall to the trail-head – trail walk is approximately 1 1/2 hours in total).
Duration: Approximately 3  hours.
Bring: Camera, trail walking footwear, water, snacks and dress appropriately for the weather.
Details: Easy walk (for a fit person). Trail undulates – some elevation gain.  Please check out TrailFest-Wagon Forest in the Campaign section for detail and pictures –  Here

Legal: All Participants will need to sign a Liability Release Waiver – shown at this link

Please Print Out, Sign and Bring to the Trail Walk. Thank you.

Past Trail Walks 

Date: Sunday, February 25, 2012
Walk: TrailFest-Wagon Forest

Date: Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Walk: TrailFest-Wagon Forest  –
linked pdf – thelocal.com –  TrailFest-Wagon Forest Ad

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2011
Walk: Dakota Ridge Ancient Forests

 

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2011
Walk: Wilson Creek Forest Trail Walk

Time: 1 PM meetup at the Roberts Creek Community Hall (upper parking lot) and we`ll coordinate rides. It’s just a 10 minute drive from the Community Hall to the trail-head – trail walk is approximately 1 1/2 hours in total).
Duration: Approximately 2  hours.
Bring: Camera, trail walking footwear, water, snacks and dress appropriately for the weather.
Details: Easy walk (for a fit person). Trail undulates – no elevation gain.  Please check out Campaigns section for full details – Save the Wilson Creek Forest Trail Here

Legal: All Participants will need to sign a Liability Release Waiver – shown at this link

Please Print Out, Sign and Bring to the Trail Walk. Thank you.

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2011
Walk: Dakota Ridge Ancient Forests

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2011
Walk: Wilson Creek Forest Trail

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2011
Walk: Dakota Ridge Ancient Forests

Date: Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Walk: Wilson Creek Forest Trail

Date: Sunday, September 11th, 2011
Walk: Dakota Ridge Ancient Forests 

Date: Sunday, August 29th, 2011
Walk: Dakota Ridge Ancient Forests 

Help Protect the Last of the Old Growth and Natural Mt. Elphinstone Forests!

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