Drive north from Heriot Bay for about ten miles until you see the first of the Village Bay Lakes on your right. The trail begins here on the left side of the road, just to the left of a logging road which climbs into the forest here. This trail has recently been trimmed and marked with red flagging tape takes you in about 20 minutes to an old homestead building and to Vic’s Marsh and Moses Meadow, which were the site of an old farm. Continue straight ahead and after 30 minutes you will pass an overgrown turnoff on your left which is the old Stramberg Lake Trail. This branches off the main trail to the left about an hour’s hike from the road. This trail is overgrown and could be very hard to follow, apart from the odd bit of old flagging tape which may still be on the odd tree. If you ignore the turnoff to Stramberg Lake and continue straight ahead you will come to the old-growth groove, at about two hours’ hike from the road. The trail continues straight on right through to an old logging road which takes you in about a mile to the Open Bay Main logging road. The quickest way back to your car would be via the route you walked in on. But, you could also walk a loop along the roads back to your car, which would take about 2 hours from the old growth groove.
This trail from Village Bay Lakes Road to the old growth grove was trimmed and re-marked with red tape in August 2017 by a Quadra Island volunteer. Thanks to Robert Bringhurst for his update on this trail.
Garter snakes are harmless and common on Quadra, and here is a springtime breeding swarm of garters.
Time taken to hike from Village Bay Lakes Road to old growth grove is about 2 hours. There is another way to the old growth grove and to Stramberg Lake, via the Open Bay Main Road, which will be dealt with in its own section.