Access: Click for details on Getting to Buntzen Lake.

Level: Easy

Distance: 1 km

Time: 20 min

Elevation Change: 15 m

Season: Year Round

Topographical Map: 92 G/7

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Multiple-Use: Closed to Mountain Bikes and Horses

You won't need much energy to undertake the Energy Trail. Interpretive information on local floral and fauna is the highlight of this pleasant amble.

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Fireweed

Fireweed

Gashes in the forest caused by fire, blowdown or human intrusion are quickly filled in by pioneer species such as fireweed or salal. Quick growing red alder and maple soon take over, being themselves supplanted in turn by Douglas fir once soil has stabilized. Eventually shade tolerant climax species such as western red cedar and western hemlock will come to dominate. The whole process can take centuries if not millennia. Immature fireweed plants can be cooked whole like broccoli while the young leaves can be used as salad greens. Fireweed is high in both beta-carotene and vitamin C. During pre-contact times fireweed seed fluffs found utility as pillow stuffing.

Illustration by Manami Kimura