Trip Report & Photos by Denis Laplante and Teresa Gagné
Five members (including two Board members) joined Teresa and Denis for 7 hours of walking (9.5km), botanizing and birdwatching. Our route included a mix of steep climbs (Tantalus Viewpoint, and Cheakamus Loop trails) and gentler strolls through beautiful mixed conifer-deciduous forest around the lake (Bridge Trail, Brohm Lake Trail) – see Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest.
We met at 8:30 to reduce our exposure to the predicted 27 C afternoon temperature, and mostly kept cool thanks to the breeze and shade. We logged 48 plant species (spreadsheet attached) and 13 birds (eBird list). Also a few mosquitoes.
Wintergreens, Coralroots and other mycoheterotrophs are usually plentiful on this hike, but were in scarce supply possibly due to weather. We saw a few Wintergreen, Coralroot, one Pinesap, and a few Indian (ghost) Pipe just coming out of the ground. Dogwood, Twinflower, Goat’s-beard, Colombine and many flowering shrubs were in bloom.
A few of us went swimming after. When we left, people queuing for parking spots were glad to see us go.