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Blindman’s Bluff and Eagle Ridge Trails
The Eagle Ridge Trail begins here at the trail-head, shown above, and goes down to a large swampy marsh then up a ridge to give great views of Discovery Passage and Vancouver Island. The summit is about 30 minutes hiking from your car to the viewpoint on Eagle Ridge and its a steep climb in places. You also could access the Eagle Ridge Trail by driving to the end of Leishman Road at Copper Bluffs, although this access has yet to be re-confirmed for this website. Lieshman Road runs off the far end (west end) of North Gowland Harbour Road.
The summit of Eagle Ridge is a very nice spot to have lunch and enjoy watching the vessel traffic in the passage far below.
The Blindman’s Bluff Trail heads left (south) from the signpost shown in the above photo. It climbs up in stages and soon comes to the signpost shown below, offering the loop option. Either way, it takes about 15 minutes of hiking to get you up onto a flat, semi-open basalt plateau. This is an open, desert-like dry rock plateau, sprinkled thinly with trees; a unique terrain type, typical of this region of Quadra Island.
Once on the plateau, take care to follow the trail closely by looking carefully for the next marker. The markers are comprised of cairns, red square metal trail markers nailed to trees, and occasionally pieces of orange or pink flagging tape on trees. The trail soon arrives at bluffs, then takes you along for a few more minutes to the main lookout point where the trail ends at a large rock cairn, at point at N 50º 6.430′, w 125º 15.975′
From here you can walk back the way you came, or, head east/northeast along the loop-trail option which takes you back to the main Blindman’s Bluff Trail trail within 10 minutes.
Due to their more-remote access, these two trails are usually very quiet places, not hiked as heavily as other trails such as Chinese Mountains, Morte Lake, and Beeches Mountain trails.
These trails were hiked by admin on 6th September, 2022, and this page was updated on 6th September, 2022.