Access: Click for details on Getting to Buntzen Lake.

Level: Difficult

Distance: 20 km

Time: 9 hr

Elevation Change: 1050 m

Season: July - October

Topographical Map: 92 G/7

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Multiple-Use: Open to Mountain Bikes and Hikers Only

This trail is a continuation of the previous one. Instead of looping back at Lindsay Lake, continue northward along the ridge to Eagle Peak. Also known as Mount Beautiful, the summit offers a spectacular panorama in all directions. Beyond the peak the route is somewhat less well-defined, becoming very steep and slippery as it drops back down into the valley bottom at the Swan Falls Junction.

Old Man's Beard: Heavy lichen growth, one sign of a mature forest, provide an important source of winter browse for ungulates such as deer.   

This section of trail parallels Trout Creek until it intersects Powerhouse Road just fifteen minutes after reaching Swan Falls itself. If time is a concern Powerhouse Road is the fastest route back to South Beach. Buntzen Lake Trail, though longer, is without a doubt much more scenic.

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Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape

Looking much like tiny concord grapes on a holly bush, the intensely sour fruit of the Oregon grape is loaded with Vitamin C. Munch them directly from the bush for a surefire pucker or render them into sugar-loaded jelly for a more palatable treat. Traditionally Oregon grape berries were mashed with other, sweeter berries to enhance their flavour. The inner bark of both stems and roots was a source of brilliant yellow dye during pre-European times. The source of the colour, an alkaloid called berberine, is known to possess antibiotic properties that are still used to combat both internal and external infections. An extract concocted from the roots is used by modern-day herbalists to correct a wide range of liver, kidney and urinary tract problems.

Illustration by Manami Kimura