Access: Click for details on Getting to Buntzen Lake.

Level: Difficult

Distance: 25 km

Time: 11 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

You won't want to dilly dally on the Dilly Dally trail. This route is a continuation of the previous two hikes and is only recommended for the most experienced hikers. Instead of following Trout Creek down to Swan Falls and the valley bottom you'll want to continue along Eagle Ridge to a small prominence locally known as Dilly Dally Peak. After slogging uphill most of the day you'll finally begin losing altitude quickly after passing the peak.

Soon the footpath will become an old, overgrown logging road. Needless to say the landscape still bears the scars of unenlightened logging practices. On the plus side however this route provides a number of vantage points overlooking Indian Arm. Croker Lookout in particular offers unimpeded views of the inlet below. Like the previous hike this route will eventually merge into Powerhouse Road which will take you back to South Beach where you started.

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Labrador Tea

Labrador Tea

Forgot the tea bags and dying for a cuppa? Look around the camp. Chances are your drippy socks are draped over a Labrador tea bush. Steep the leaves, but not the socks, in boiled water for a tea that was enjoyed by more North American Indians than any other kind. Don’t actually boil the leaves however as boiling releases a chemical called ledol which has a number of unpleasant side effects. Pregnant women should avoid Labrador tea altogether. As a mild narcotic, Labrador tea was also an essential ingredient in kinnikinnik, a tobacco-less smoking mixture used by native groups throughout much of North America.

Illustration by Manami Kimura