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Homasum Lake Trail
Distance - 10km Oshinow Lake/Homasum Lake
Time: 2.5hrs one-way

     Date: Oct 17 2004

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Cloudy Light Rain:Cloudy morning changing to light rain at Lake then clearing up on return.
Trail conditions:Good, some wet spots on south side of Ash River. Flagged route to lake, bridge was removed Nov 2004.

   Hike old logging road on Oshinow Lakes North side, keep an eye out for flagging at the end of the road which quickly drops down to same elevation as lake. Hike worn trail you'll pass by a good access point to lake shore with large log sticking out. A short distance pass this there is a sign for Homasum Lake nailed to a tree, take this trail to where the old cable bridge was. You'll now have to forge the Ash River, just upstream from cable crossing there was a wide section were the river was fairly shallow. Not sure what this crossing would be like in high water, further up the Red Pillar trail there is a large log that almost reaches the North side. With very little effort one could mount the log then easily cross the river, from there head due south to cross trail

   Once on the south side of the river it is an easy hike for the first 2km. You cross through a marshy area walking on 1ft wood disks which someone has cut from med. sized logs rounds. If they were not there it would definitely be a wet slog through the area. After that you start a gentle hike uphill beside a small creek which drains the meadows above. When I got close to the meadows I past by a few tarns before reaching a small lake from there I headed south west across the open alpine. The flagging was pretty when I was up there so I had no problems finding my way across. Just before I started a short descent down to Margaret Ck valley there was a nice sized black bear that didn't seem to be the least bit bothered by my present even with my dog by my side. After making allot of noise he slowly decided to mosey on. Going down I followed right beside a small cliff band having to keep my eye out for flagging, I noticed allot had been tore down by wildlife. Now I was heading west and it was only 1km further on before I hit the lake s shore. Down at the lake I quickly look around and noticed no real nice camping spots just allot of marsh, and probably a very buggy place in the summer. I did get one glimpse of The Misthorn before it disappeared back into the mist. While up there I did no sightseeing around the lake shore as there was no known route and I had just planned to hike to the Lake any ways

How to get To There??

    Starting from the Port Alberni Info Center to "Oshinow" Deep Lake Trail Head (1.5/2hrs - approx. 40kms)
Drive down Johnson st hill to River rd turn right and cross over a small bridge, veer right again just before the Petro-Can now drive north west for 18 kms to the far end of Beaver creek rd. follow through the right turn onto Sommers rd and stay on it for 2 kms then take a left onto a main logging rd. Stay on this main line for 9kms and follow the road left crossing Lanterman creek. Drive for another 5 kms down staying left the whole time on branch 105 until you come to a T intersection, turn right here. Now stay on the Ash River Main Line first passing Turnbull Lake on the left then Elsie Lake on the right, after that you'll cross over the upper Ash river. Stay on the Ash River main line for another 8.5km before it turns right. If you cross over the Ash River again heading up the Gretchen main line you've gone too far, so turn around and take the first left. Here the road narrows and bushes in a bit, approx.4km turn right onto branch 110 from here the road get rocky with steep sections. This would not be recommended for low clearance 2 wheel drive vehicles, 4x4 is preferred. 2km further up take a sharp left onto branch 110H there might still be a small sign nailed to a tree saying " <-- RDPIL " drive the last 5km to a slide which buried the road in 2003. The trail starts on the other side of the slide. "You can also come in from Great Central Lake road but when writing this report the logging activity was quite active in that area. The Beaver creek route cuts off 12kms of active logging at least."
    Starting from the Port Alberni Info Center to "Oshinow" Deep Lake Trail Head (1.5/2hrs - approx. 40kms)

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