Trail orientation

I always enjoy reading Michael Addiscott’s trail articles in The NEWS.

I always enjoy reading Michael Addiscott’s trail articles in The NEWS.

He also mentions if there are any situations were caution is required on a particular hike. His recent description of Dave’s Lookout, and the warning not to get disoriented is very relevant for people unfamiliar with these trails.

Starting from Schooner Cove Drive last winter, I too, decided to go to Dave’s Lookout, and explore some of the trails around Enos Lake. Considering that these are low elevation trails close to an urban area there should not be any difficulties. There are large trail maps at many of the trail junctions.

However, it did not take very long before I was indeed disoriented, eventually coming out at Bel Oak Drive quite far from my starting point. Fortunately I was prepared for a day’s hike and had compass and map with me. Discussing this with other hikers brought out the reply that they also get disoriented on these trails.

The maps provided are very well made, but if one does not know where he or she is located, there is a serious problem. There is no little dot on any of them telling you where your current location is. You need a GPS, or else get out to a road sign to find out. The addition of this one little feature would make these map boards much more useful, and possibly prevent someone becoming needlessly lost.

Terry TaylorQualicum Beach

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