Haskin Farm Trail, and Todd’s Trail

To access the Haskin Farm Trail, drive along Heriot Bay Road to its intersection with Smith Road, which is near the Quadra Fire Hall and about five minutes’ drive from Quathiaski Cove. There at the intersection is the signpost for the Haskin Farm Trail, and parking space beside the road, as shown below.

The start of the Haskin Farm Trail at the intersection of Heriot Bay Road and Smith Road

From here the trail drops very gradually downhill through salal and fir forest and after about five minutes crosses a grassed-over logging road which is occasionally used for logging access. At this point if you go left along the logging road for 75 meters you will see a log section and some flagging tape tied to salmon-berry bushes where a trail goes off hard right, as shown below, at point N 50°, 03.202’, W 125°, 10.827’

The old logging road which goes to Todd’s Loop Trail. at point N 50°, 03.202’, W 125°, 10.827’

This trail is actually another old logging road which you follow for a few minutes to the start of Todd’s Loop Trail. From the start of Todd’s Trail this same logging road curves sharply back around in a U and goes out towards Fir Road and crosses the Haskin Farm Trail again.

Todd’s Trail, as the picture below shows, is a short memorial walk, not maintained by the Trails Committee; it is a short, shady stroll through flat plantation firs which look to be about 30 years old. The trail is marked with blue flagging tape and orange tape too in places. This pleasant stroll is a loop taking about 20 minutes. Todd’s Loop Trail begins at N 50°, 03.244’, W 125°, 10.577’

 

The beginning of Todd’s Trail.

Along Todd’s trail

Trail markers along Todd’s Trail

More trail markers along Todd’s Trail.

Back on the Haskin Farm Trail, after walking it for tghe first ten minutes, to where it crosses the first grassed-over road (to Todd’s Trail), it crosses the grassed-over logging road then continues downhill for ten minutes before breaking out into an open meadow of about eight acres. There are still old apple trees which fruit annually surviving around the edge of this meadow, once the site of a farm.

The magnificent old farm meadow along the Haskin Farm Trail.

The south end of the meadow is a swamp with a big chunk of bedrock protruding from it. The trail crosses this meadow and continues on downhill, intersecting another logging road which joins Fir Road. The trail crosses this logging road and continues gradually downhill.

A few minutes later the trail meets the sharp, forested drop-off to the beach and here it sidles around and gradually down the steep slope for ten minutes, ending at a secluded, beautiful spot on the ocean. From here you can walk south along the beach for 10 minutes to Wei Wai Kei Road and then walk north and uphill on this road to Smith Road. If you do this it will take you about 45 minutes to get back to your car from the ocean-end of the Haskin Trail.

Another way to access the Haskin Farm Trail is via Fir Road, off Smith Road. Drive to the north end of Fir Road and park there where the road ends. The connecting trail starts here and takes you after a few minutes’ walk to the Haskin Farm Trail, at a point about 10 minutes up from the beach. This Fir Road trail is another loop option for walking back to your car via the roads, rather than walking back via the trail.

This is the connector trail at the end of Fir Road, which connects with the Haskin Farm Trail near the beach-end of the trail.

Or, the shorter way, and equally as pleasant, is to simply walk back up the trail the way you came.

It is amazing that a trail such as this trail, close to residential areas, is also rugged wilderness where bears and wolves live.

Please stay on the trails for your own safety, unless you are equipped with a cellphone (check that you have reception, as many parts of Quadra do not have cell reception), and/or a personal locator beacon, and are very familiar with Quadra Island’s terrain and the particular area of Quadra that you are in.

Here is a red-capped sap sucker, a type of woodpecker commonly seen on Quadra.

Hiking time from Haskin Farm Trail car-park area to beach is about 25 minutes.

This page updated on 29nd July, 2018.

Quadra’s eastern coastline is a delight for beach combers; you never know what you’ll find washed ashore there.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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