Following is a posting from Powell River Books Blog from December, 2015, entitled, “More Treasure Hunting in the Bush,” by Margy Lutz. Text and Pic Creds: Margy Lutz.
We love riding quads to explore Powell River’s backcountry. Forest Service and logging roads are open to the public after 6:00 pm on weekdays, and on weekends or holidays unless otherwise posted.
Theodosia and Olsen Valley are connecting watersheds that run from the ocean at Theodosia Inlet to Powell Lake. Over the last century, logging activities have left mains, spurs, and trails that give access to points of interest and historical treasures.
You reach Theodosia Main via Highway 101, Southview Road, Theodosia Forest Service Road, a logging spur, and a connecting trail. Beyond the head of the inlet, a turnoff to the left leads to an old homestead quad riders call Rupert’s Farm. A few old buildings, a barn, pastures and rusting vehicles remain to explore.
Near Olsen Lake, Theodosia Main heads up into the hills. There we found an abandoned logging truck.
Olsen Lake makes a good lunch stop with spectacular views.
From here, Olsen Main takes over heading down the valley towards Powell Lake. Past Olsen Lake, a spur to the right heads up to a cabin used by one of the settlers who homesteaded in the Olsen Valley.
Continuing on the Olsen Main, another logging spur to the right takes you to the foundation of an elaborate homestead along the Olsen River.
The next treasure is on a deactivated logging road between Theodosia and the Powell Lake logging dock called Chippewa North. Just beyond a slash at the Theodosia end there’s a collection of old vehicles.
The last stop is Olsen’s Landing on Powell Lake. The logging dock is still in use, but you can see from all the growth on its massive cedar logs that it’s a piece of history, too.
Thanks for coming along on this Powell River backcountry treasure hunt. Want to know more about the region? Here are a few books to check out!
- Desolation Sound: A History by Heather Harbord
- Powell River’s Railway Era by Ken Bradley and Karen Southern
- Adventures in Solitude by Grant Lawrence
- Up the Main, Further Up the Main, and Beyond the Main, by Wayne Lutz.