Mt. Seymour/Nugedzi Lake Loop
Time: 4 hr loop
Date: April 22 2006
I'd never been over to Quadra Island before so it best suited my style that we first try hiking up the highest peak on the island. This trip had been an invite from a good friend Sheila who had been on the island before and admired it so much she wanted to go back for another visit. I drove up that morning from Port Alberni and picked up Sheila in Courtenay by early-mid morning. We then headed up to Campbell River and took the BC ferry to Quathiaski Cove/Quadra Island. Taking a quick stop at the local health food store "Amped on Nutrition" we both picked up a good supply of Matcha and other natural goodies. The island isn't very large so driving to the other end doesn't take long at all but finding the trailhead that day took us just about the same amount of time. We drove back and forth before finding what we thought was the trailhead. Shortly after some local's parked along side us and were also hiking up Seymour, so we then knew we were in the right area. The first section is a fairly gentle hike up an abandon logging road for about 3 kms before we came across an intersection. If we were to stay on the road we would end up at a small lake instead we took a right turn onto a worn path which eventually took us up to the summit of Mt Seymour. The views on the treed summit were OK I was able to see the Coastal mountain from one side and a short walk away I could see peaks on Vancouver Island. I heard that if you want to get the best views on the island one has to climb the Chinese Mtns. For the hike down we choose to take the other trail which lead to the small lake and then shortly after it past by Nugedzi Lake. This was a treat as we got a small taste of walking through one of the last remaining Old Growth areas left on the island. Back down on the road we weren't too sure where we were but I opted to go for a jog down the road and look for my truck, which I found 2 kms down the road.
How to get To There" To be able to hike up Mt Seymour you'll first have to make you're way over to Quadra Island either by flying or taking a Ferry/Boat. The Campbell River to Quadra Island BC Ferry runs once an hr between the hours of 6:40 am to 10:30 pm weekdays Friday/Saturday there is also a late 11:30 pm. The crossing takes roughly 10 minutes and round trip cost 17.25 for car and driver and 5.25 for each additional passenger. Once on Quadra Island drive uphill and take a left at the top at the 4-way stop turn right then take the first left which should be West Rd. stay on this road 6km before taking another left onto Hyacinthe Bay Rd. for just over 9km then take one more left onto Granite Bay Main for around 2kms and park on the small pull off which is close to the top of a hill. WE had trouble finding the trailhead so keep eyes peeled for flagging tape on a stick.
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