We didn't go off on any great new adventures on this visit out west. I'm not sure November is the best time to go - the sun was scarce! But we did get down some local trails and find some new things to see and had a good time with the grandchildren. My 7 year old grandson now leaves me behind on the trails!
We started with the Clayburn Creek Trail, which we've walked before. The trail is wide, with a gentle grade, and easy to walk. In fact you might not recognize it as a former railway bed down through the ravine beside the creek.
A narrow gauge mining railway once ran here, bringing clay down from the quarry on top of the hill to the large brick factory in the village of Clayburn, now a small corner within Abbotsford.
It's amazing how the forest has recovered, with big trees, lots of ferns, and the tumbling creek. The moss immediately reminds me that this is very much a rainforest.
Officially, most of this forest in the lower coastal B.C. is Western Hemlock Forest, and there are lots of big Hemlock along the trail.
There is also a lot of Western Red Cedar, and
Sword Fern grows all over the steep slopes, staying green all winter.
At the end of our walk, we came to those crazy Auguston Steps, a 350 step challenge to take us back up to the subdivision. In spite of the challenge, these are among the most comfortable steps I have ever walked. Someone spaced them just right! All of this is a loop you can walk from our daughter's home in about 45 minutes. And guess who was first up the stairs!?