52 Weeks of Trails - Week 40- Atrevida Loop
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Length & Difficulty:
4.3km Roundtrip | 1-2 hours | Moderate
The Atrevida Trail off of Highway 101 north of Powell River features old growth Douglas fir veterans, as well as an outdoor museum with remnants of an old car indicating 1930’s style. Drive shaft, wheels, axels and other rusty artifacts have been arrayed along the edge of the trail. Please leave all objects in place, even the few remaining bottles that may be found in historic dumps along the route.
From the junction of Alberni Street and Marine Avenue (Highway 101) drive almost 16 kilometers north toward Lund. About 100 meters shy of Atrevida Road, on the east side of the highway, the yellow sign of the Atrevida Trail beckons high in the trees by the old burned telephone pole. Park on the west side of the highway. Check out this trail map from bikepowellriver.ca.
Step across the ditch and into the narrow highway right-of-way. Once inside of the forest, an old logging road has been cleared of brush, woody debris and deadfall. After a 30-meter climb you will come upon a junction where the loop diverges; this is where you will emerge again in an hour. Stay on the main trail to the right. You will cross the corner of a logged area and pass another path turning left to leaning tree junction. Keep straight on the well-trodden grade. The young mixed forest gives way to older two-to-three-foot diameter fir trees. At the one kilometer marker there is a turnoff to the right, which is the south view ridge trail to south view road and Wilde creek loop.
Stay left on the main trail and within a few minutes you will pass by a short spur trail on the right. A few steps further up the loop there is an erratic huge boulder left by the ice age. Vanilla leaf grows prolifically beside the trail.
To continue the Atrevida Loop up at Toquenatch Connector junction, keep left and enter the avenue of veterans. This kilometer long section of the loop is no longer old logging road but a well-trodden hiking trail with a few giant Douglas fir veterans. They are estimated to be roughly 1000 years old.
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Aerial over Lund harbour and the Atrevdia Loop trail