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52 Weeks of Trails - Week 38- Big Tree


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!
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Big tree5Length & Difficulty:

1km | 15 mins |  Easy

 


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Big Tree Recreation Site is not a misnomer; it is the home to a truly big tree!  It's believed to be the largest existing tree on the Sunshine Coast.  The hike to the tree and picnic area is relatively short (only 1/2 km) on a wide, smooth path that is friendly to all manner of users-- hikers, trail runners, and bikers.  The path wraps through old growth Douglas Fir and second growth-- but all the trees reach to breathtaking heights.  The grove is just scattered enough that it allows for a surprising amount of sunlight to sneak through-- the late afternoon light on this September day danced through the leaves of the trees and allowed for a warm glow to filter over the forest. 

The area is fairly remote so you'll want to be sure to watch for wildlife and pack in and pack out your garbage!  The Big Tree trail connects to a host of other hiking and biking trails of varying difficulty so you can certainly go for a longer journey if you so choose.


Directions (or view the Trail Map)

 

Nine kms north of Sechelt on Highway 101, and 400m before Trout Lake, take the Halfmoon-Carlson Forest Service Road which leaves the highway at a small rock quarry on your right. Proceed exactly 2.8 kms on the main logging road, ignoring spurs to the left and right. As soon as you pass the bridge, the trail head and parking area will be immediately to your right.


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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

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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.

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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. 


Kinnik signDirections (or view the Trail Map)

 

There are multiple access points to the trail system, off Ripple Way, Heritage Road, and Lighthouse Avenue.  The main parking area is located at the sports fields at the end of Ripple Way, but there are decent pullouts for parking at any of the access points.  To get to the end of Ripple Way: Follow Hwy 101 into the community of Sechelt, BC, on the Sunshine Coast. Turn right on Trail Avenue which will turn into Reef Road. At Shoal Way take a left and then a right on Lookout Avenue. On Ripple Way take a left and continue past the Sechelt Golf Club and onto Kinnikinnick Park.




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52 Weeks of Trails - Week 36- Lang Creek Trail


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!

Hike to Lang Creek-- Length & Difficulty:

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3 km  |  Relaxing 1 hour hike  |  Easy/Moderate

Yet another fantastic trail on the Duck Lake Trail network (remember Week #17 Blackwater Creek??).  This is a gorgeous trail full of moss covered trees, plants and interesting fungi. Amble along this easy trail as you soak in the peace and quiet accompanied by the sounds of the creek.  Halfway through the hike you will arrive at a nice picnic area with a gorgeous view of the creek and a small waterfall.

If you are eager to get closer to the water, spare yourself struggling and nearly falling down the hill in this area, stranding yourself on a rock in the middle of the raging river. Instead be patient enough to continue along the trail for another minute until you see a path on the left that will take you right down to the water. There is another picnic area here with a spectacular view of a larger waterfall and two swimming holes. If you go in the falls you may be lucky enough to catch the salmon traveling through this location You may want to bring a swimsuit and towel for the water; it is going to be hard to resist taking a dip.  Also, pack a lunch because you are going to want to utilize the picnic spots and have an excuse to stay longer!


Directions (or view the Trail Map)

Lang Creek picnic area

 

In Powell River, take Joyce North and then turn left onto Manson Ave. Take the first right onto Cassiar St and then the first left onto Yukon St. From there turn right onto Haslam St and follow it until you come to a fork in the road. Go right onto the gravel road called Haslam Lake Rd. Follow it past Duck Lake and continue along until slightly past a crook in the road and around the 11km (7 mi) marker. You will see two small trails on the left side of the road. One of them is marked by multiple pink ribbons tied to the trees. This is a loop so you can take either trail. Park your car in the small clearing on the side of the road.



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