November 13, 2016

Fall and Winter Rides to Khartoum Lake


Viewpoint looking over Lois Lake towards the high country.
Quad riding in the Powell River area isn't limited to summer. Every season has it's own pleasures.

Fall and winter bring storms, but in between you can find some glorious days for riding. Most of the roads at lower elevations remain open and easy to ride since they are used by the logging companies.

Check on Western Forest Products' hotline at (604) 485-3100 or online to see if there are any closures or hauling activity scheduled. Or, you can check their most recent Operational Map pdf.


The bridge before you reach the Khartoum Forest Campground.
If you drive south of Powell River to Dixon Road, you enter a world of lakes and forests. Here's a link to the Recreation Sites and Trails map from the BC Ministry of Forestry. But be careful, they show you going the wrong way at the one-way slit at the south end of Lois Lake.

During the week, this area is used by loggers. But after hours and on weekends, their extensive road system is available for use by the public with care.


Roadside parking.
On one winter trip, we saw a few trucks, jeeps, and handful of other quads, but most of the time we had the roads and trails all to ourselves.

Dixon Road quickly turns into a well used and often potholed dirt road. So, we quickly selected a turnout large enough for our truck and trailer.

Don't select one at a bend in the road. Logging trucks carry long loads that can swing really wide.


Good signage along the way.
We headed up Goat Lake Main and transitioned to the Stillwater Main heading towards Khartoum Lake.

The view up Lois Lake to the snowy peaks was unbelievable. We hadn't been this way in almost a year. At that time, the devastating winter storms had washed the bridge away.

It was thankfully been replaced and so we can return to this unique spot.



The calm waters of Khartoum Lake.
Khartoum Lake has a Forest Recreation Site with a primitive campground right on the lake's shore. We first came here by kayak via Lois Lake. We returned in 2006 to host a unique book launch party for Wayne's book Up the Main.

It is one of my favorite back country campgrounds in the Powell River area. The road can be tricky for a passenger car, but for a truck it is a fairly easy drive (except for maybe the steep entrance road in snowy or muddy conditions).

We feasted on sandwiches and pop while sitting on warm, sun-baked logs along the beach. A fellow adventurer brought an inflatable boat in his jeep for a quiet row on the lake.

View from a lakeside campsite.

Do you like history? Here's a post from www.vanishinghistory.ca called Khartoum Lake - Abandon Camp. It's a great site with stories and pictures about the history and historical artifacts of the Powell River region.

Want to read more about quad riding in the Powell River region? Try Wayne's Coastal BC Stories that focus ATV adventures:


All books are available in e-book and print formats at most online book sellers. Books are also available in Powell River at Coles Bookstore in the Towne Centre Mall.

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October 29, 2016

The Blue Trail in Powell River's Backyard


Parking and unloading near Edgehill School.
Fall brings unchangeable weather. That makes it a good time to explore some of the roads and trails closer to Powell River.

Wayne and I treated ourselves to a short quad ride near town. That's easy here in Powell River with trails right outside our back door.

We parked our truck and quad trailer near Edgehill School at the head of Abbotsford Street to access the Edgehill Trail system.

From here, the trails wind and interconnect with other trails in the area.

The Edgehill Trail just beyond the parking area.

And they pass through large stands of trees as beautiful as any in the area. 

The Washout Trail connection via the Edgehill Trail system.
The parking area near Edgehill School is a handy launching point that can be used to reach any area east and south of town.

The forecast was for a sunny day, but there were patches of fog and cool temperatures along the way. That made the views a bit eerie at times.

We rode through the Edgehill system to get to the Washout Trail, our starting point for the main portion of our ride.


After a wet and foggy spot on the Washout Trail.
The Washout Trail was dotted with big puddles along the way.

In places, the Powell River ATV Club's trail building group has created bypasses onto drier soil to prevent damage to the area.

In 2012, with a combination of volunteer workers, donated supplies and a $3000 grant from ATV/BC, two replacement bridges were built to protect fish-bearing streams.



Well marked junction of the Washout and Blue Trails.
At the well marked junction we turned up the Blue Trail.

This trail has also been the location of extensive work by the local ATV trail building group.

The Blue Trail is a multi-use trail for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and, of course, ATV riders. It's also an interpretive trail used to teach the youth of Powell River about their forest environment.


Along the way we saw some unique frost called Santa's Beard. Click here to check it out.

A bridge to protect a small fish-bearing stream.

You can follow this link to an article ATV/BC for more information about the bridge building project. Through the efforts of the Powell River ATV Club, and all the trail builders, everyone has better access to our backcountry with its unparalleled exploring.

Helpful Trail Links:

Powell River Trails Map (pdf)
Duck Lake Trail Map (pdf)
The Washout Trail
Powell River Recreation Trails

http://www.amazon.com/Main-Coastal-British-Columbia-Stories-ebook/dp/B003IWYEOU/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1436770396&sr=8-9&keywords=up+the+mainDo you want to explore the great outdoors in Powell River? Would you like to read books full of stories and maps about our backcountry?

Check out Wayne's Coastal BC Stories series including Up the Main, Farther Up the Main, Up the Winter Trail, Beyond the Main, and soon to be released Powell Lake by Barge and Quad.

All titles can be found at most online booksellers in print and e-book formats. Books are also available in Powell River at Coles bookstore.


Today is Sky Watch Friday. Go to the Sky Watch Friday website and you'll see sky photos from all over the world! -- Margy

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August 23, 2016

Theodosia Inlet and Olsen's Landing


We love to ride our quads to explore the bush around Powell River. Forest service and logging roads are normally open to the public after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends or holidays. But some areas can be closed due to active logging and some operations work seven days a week. Fortunately, most companies notify the public via notices in the local paper or postings on the roads. In Powell River, Western Forest Products has a 24-hour info line at (604) 485-3132.

You can also check with the following maps before heading out.

Western Forest Products
Powell River Community Forest

On a Saturday, we took our quads north to Theodosia. (The entrance is for skilled riders.) Theo was once difficult to reach for the hardy pioneers who called it home. Our friend John lead us up Southview Road to a trail built by ATV enthusiasts.

Once in the Theodosia Valley, logging roads took us to the Olsen Valley. In the 20's, there were several families with cabins in this area and enough children for a school. But in the 60's, when hippies wanted to get back to the land, the cabins were burned. That is, all but one which was today's destination. The cabin reportedly belonged to an early Powell River "millionaire" who traveled up the lake by boat and then overland by Model-T Ford. It isn't much now, but it gives you a feeling for what it was like way back when families grew produce to supply the nearby logging camps.


From the cabin we continued along the logging road to Olson's Landing on Powell Lake. This is the same route many before have taken to carry logs and shake blocks to the paper mill and market. That purpose and path continues today.

After a lunch at the camp area next to Olsen Creek we headed back to Olsen Lake on the way home.




It's a long ride, but the longer days of summer gave us enough sunlight to do it all at a leisurely pace. The weather was mostly sunny, but as we approached Theodosia Inlet we passed through a rain shower. I glanced in my mirror and here is what I saw. A fitting end to a wonderful day.



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August 17, 2016

Powell River Quad Trails


We have lots of logging roads in the Powell River backcountry to ride.  But when they are deactivated and age, recreational users refurbish them into quad and hiking trails. Here are a few from rides we've taken over the years.

Culvert on a spur leading to a Olsen Valley homestead foundation.

Corduroy road section on upper Powell Daniels Main.

End of the easily passable section of upper Beartooth Main.

Bridge protecting a fish bearing stream on Fred's Trail to West (Hammil) Lake.

Crossing a section of regrowth along the Lois River north of Khartoum Lake.

Path over a log jumble on a road in an old slash above Chippewa Bay.

Washout on Jim Brown Main at the Head of Powell Lake.

If you try to find these quad trails don't be surprised if they've washed out or grown over. Mother Nature reclaims her territory at a very rapid rate. Trails remain open only through ongoing trail maintenance by groups such as the Wednesday Crew of quad riders and the BOMB (Bloody Old Men's Brigade) Squad group of hikers and ATV owners. Thank you to all of the individuals and groups who maintain our backcountry trails. Through your efforts we all can explore the best that Powell River has to offer.

Want to know more about quad riding in the Powell River Region? Check out these resources.
ATV Category on the Powell River Books Blog
Powell River ATV Club Contacts
Powell River ATV Club Video
Every Trail online 
Up the Main in print or e-book
Farther Up the Main in print or e-book
Beyond the Main in print or e-book
 Do you have any trails to share? Let us know.


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