Access: Click for details on Getting to Buntzen Lake.

Level: Moderate

Distance: 8 km

Time: 4 hr

Elevation Change: 100 m

Season: Year Round

Topographical Map: 92 G/7

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Multiple-Use: Closed to Mountain Bikes and Horses

Buntzen Lake Trail: This well-traveled trail winds around the lakeshore offering many access points for fishermen. Though somewhat long, Buntzen Lake Trail is relatively flat and well-maintained, making it ideal for a family outing. The slough at the south end of the lake is a great location for bird watching.        

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Vanilla Leaf

Vanilla Leaf

While modern adventurers smear their skin with toxic chemicals to keep pesky bugs at bay, natives of the Pacific Northwest took a less carcinogous approach. The fresh-squeezed juice of common Vanilla Leaf was applied to fend off mosquitos and black flies. Dried leaves, smelling faintly of vanilla, were hung in bunches about the longhouse for the same purpose. A potion of boiled Vanilla Leaf was used to wash bedding to eliminate bed bugs and mites and as a hair treatment to fend off lice and fleas. Look for Vanilla Leaf at trailside in heavy forest wherever moisture accumulates.

Illustration by Manami Kimura