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Mount Underhill Kayak & Hike · Saturday, April 10th

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Organized by: Isaac Borrego.

Start: Saturday, Apr. 10th, 8:00 am
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Apr. 8th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: zoom


The popular Quarry Rock overlook is still closed, but what if I told you there was an even better viewpoint further up the Indian Arm, just waiting for the more adventurous to visit? 

Mount Underwood is not frequently hiked thanks to its difficult access through private property near Deep Cove. However, we're gonna get around all that by getting there via the waters of the Indian Arm. My plan is to kayak from Deep Cove to Thwaytes Landing (about 1-2 hours one way). From this public landing we will bushwack our way to the main trail that accesses Underhill. I expect this will take about 2-3 hours round trip. Then we'll head back to Deep Cove, hopefully in time to pick up some Honey Donuts before going our separate ways. Though if enough people are interested I could probably be talked into turning this one into an overnight trip with a camp on Twin Island... We can see how we feel before the trip and what the weather will be doing. 

As per current club guidlines, everyone is responsible for their own transport to Deep Cove. Anyone joining this trip must have access to a kayak and PFD/rescue kit. I have a janky inflatable kayak that may do in a pinch (but no extra safety gear), and the club has a foldable kayak that we might be able to acquire for the trip. Renting from Deep Cove Kayaks is also an option. Be aware that the winds in the Indian Arm can be unpredictable but often do create a headwind when returning in the afternoon, so there may be somewhat strenuous paddling/choppy water on the way back. Some previous kayaking experience is highly recommended. 

Other than kayaking stuff the other gear needed is the standard for most low elevation BC hikes. Though if we decide to make it an overnighter camping gear will of course also be necessary. Wetsuit or at least extra dry clothing is recommended too in case of an unintentional swim. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Edit: There's enough interest in this trip that a quick pre-trip zoom meeting seems like a good idea. I'll send an link around to everyone signed up by Monday the 5th. 

Posted: 2021-03-25 16:55:18
Last modified: 2021-04-05 20:51:14