August 23, 2016
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.
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.
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. -- Margy
August 17, 2016
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 BlogDo you have any trails to share? Let us know. -- Margy
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