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Flower Ridge (Strathcona) · Fri. Aug. 6th - Sun. Aug. 8th
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Start: Friday, Aug. 6th, 7:00 am
End: Sunday, Aug. 8th, 10:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Jul. 29th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: zoom
I'm planning a two-night backpacking trip to Flower Ridge in Strathcona Park, BC's oldest provincial park. It will be my first time in the park and I'm excited to explore it! The trail is known for abundant wildflowers and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Campsite facilities are not provided so Leave No Trace practices are a must. I'd like to keep the group small for this reason.
The plan would be to leave Vancouver early Friday morning and take the 8:45 am ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, ideally reach the trailhead by early afternoon and hike to our camp, which would be around 7.5 km and 1175 m elevation gain. We would have the next day to explore the rest of 11 km of maintained trail along the ridge with the option to explore further if folks are interested. On Sunday morning, we can hike from camp back to the trailhead by early afternoon, in time to catch the 6:15 pm ferry and return to our homes in Vancouver around 9 pm.
The big caveat to this trip is the ferry cost: my car can comfortably fit 4 people, 5 if we squeeze. The cost for 4 people and one vehicle is $70 + gas, 5 people = $55 + gas. I would like people to commit by the pre-trip meeting to pay their share for the ferry. We might be able to fit in one more car if there is interest.