Bonus Blog: Peden Lake

I was (or so I thought) done blogging about my hikes for this project. Today, my friend Rosie and I went for a hike to Peden Lake and it was such an interesting afternoon that I felt like I needed to blog it!

We drove out to Sooke Potholes and parked at the third lot (the farthest you can drive in the winter down Sooke River Road). From there we followed the Galloping Goose for 5 minutes and veered right onto a trail.

The trail led us past Maryvine Falls, which was a waterfall about 20 minutes into the hike.

We then came across this pipe.

I assumed it was for our local water supply, as we get our water in Victoria from the Sooke water reservoir. I got home and looked it up and realized it was the Sooke Flowline, which provided us with water until 2007, when it was replaced. My favourite thing to read about it is that “during the flowline’s operation, caretakers lived along the route in small cabins; many of them are still there today. They rode recumbent tricycles on the pipe with tilted rear wheels to stay on top. During their routes they were on the lookout for cracks in the pipe, leaky joints and trespassers.” Picturing them riding the pipeline in my head is an awesome visual.

The Wikipedia page on it is interesting! (Depending on your definition of interesting…)

We then followed the trail onward to Peden Lake. We walked past about three other groups of hikers and asked all of them where they came from to make sure we were on the right path to Peden Lake. It isnt a very well marked trail. While you can often see the trail carving its way through the forest, sometimes in rocky areas you can’t see it as well.

We were warned by passing hikers that it was slippery for the second half of the hike, and they weren’t lying! The trail turned into thick compacted snow-turned-ice. My friend fell straight on her butt, and we both lost our balance many times, and I slid on my feet downhill more than I would like to admit. (I never took a full spill, but I did bash my head *very* hard on a downed tree that I was meant to duck under on the walk back. I was looking down instead of ahead. I have a sizable goose egg on my forehead now. Please see my post from last week where I actually said looking ahead instead of down will prevent you from walking into a tree.)

We finally arrived at the lake, by spotting a very small green marker on the left leading us to a small cabin and the side of the lake. The cabin is empty, save for graffiti and a…funky smell. The best part was that the lake was completely frozen over! The dog went right for it and ran across it. I then saw two people walking the length of the lake, right down the middle of it! I decided to give it a try myself, which is risky given my track record of injuries. I didn’t go out too far and thankfully made it back to shore dry.

All in all, this was a very eventful hike and took us about 2.5 hours to complete, round trip. I believe it would be much faster in the summer when its not frozen, as we took some of trail sections with baby steps and butt-scooching.

Thanks for reading! I have really enjoyed this hiking project and the photos, laughs, and physical benefits it has brought me.
And don’t forget: look around, not down.


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