Level: Easy

Distance: 7 km

Time: 1½ h

Elevation Change: 282 m

Season: Year Round

Topographical Map: 92 B/14

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Access: Just before the Lovers' Leap Viewpoint turn right on to Cottage Way. The trailhead starts from the end of the road.

The trail along Bodega Ridge is an excellent example of the concept Think Globally, Act Locally. When threatened with clearcut logging in 1991 locals became motivated to raise enough funds to purchase the property for posterity. Through their efforts the deal was sealed four years later. The open ridge provides magnificent views of Trincomali Channel and beyond. After feasting your eyes you may wish to turn back or continue on to Cook Road. Turn left and follow Porlier Pass Road to loop back to where you started.

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Cattails

Cattails

A veritable supermarket on a stick, cattails were once a source of sustenance as well as comfort to Pacific Northwest natives. Young shoots can be eaten as greens in the spring while young flower spikes can be roasted and eaten like cobs of corn. Young roots or rhizomes (underground stems) can be peeled and eaten as is—sashimi-style, hold the wasabi—or dried and pulverized into flour. Early settlers too discovered that cattail pollen could be harvested and added to bread or pancakes. Cattail down or fluff was collected in autumn for use as a wound dressing or for stuffing pillows and bedding. Cattail leaves found use in native basketry.

Illustration by Manami Kimura