52 Weeks of Trails - Week 37- Kinnikinnick Park
In case you missed it, we've introduced our challenge to you for 2014-- 52 Weeks of Trails. Each week we'll blog about a trail (hike, bike, snowshoe, and paddle!) and we hope you enjoy and share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and/or Instagram using #52weeksoftrails. Happy Trails!
Length & Difficulty:
Up to 6km | 20 mins - 3 hours | Easy
Kinnikinnick Park is the largest park within the town of Sechelt and boasts not only sports fields and a playground, but also several kilometers of excellent hiking and biking trails. The trails are colour coded with easy to follow trails markers, and you can do as much or as little hiking as you would like. Trails vary in length from the longest pink loop at 3.1 km to the short yellow trail at just .25 km. So- take your pick for whatever mood you are in! Feel free to bring your dog too; Kinnikinnick allows well behaved pets to be off-leash.
Tree lovers will surely find this park to be one of their favorites, as every trail winds through enormous towering trees, and even some old growth stumps left behind that are easily over 5 feet in diameter. The trees provide home to a number of creatures as I was lucky enough to see chipmunks, squirrels, and several types of birds including a woodpecker that seemed to dart along behind me for most of my hike. The wide dirt paths are soft underfoot which makes for superb trail running as well as biking. In fact, the newest trail, Brown Sugar, was created over several years by students in the Capilano University Mountain Bike Operations program. They incorporated a number of bridges and banks to create more technical elements, but these are easily bypassed by hikers and newer bikers.
Hiking on this beautiful day in mid-September also gives the chance to pick blackberries as you go-- a juicy treat along your way. Please be aware as the wonderful bounty of berries also can attract bears, so you'll certainly want to be prepared in case of an encounter.