Golden Ears, British Columbia

Alouette Valley Trail

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Khalil Gibran

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Alouette Lake, British Columbia

It was a lovely mid January day here on the west coast and so the usual hiking crew and I decided to explore some of the beauty BC has to offer.  Our adventure brought us to Golden Ears Provincial Park in Maple Ridge where we began our moderate 4.5 hour hike with plenty of time to get some photography and geocaching in.  We began at the base and made our way up towards Alouette Lake and from there did part of the short Spirea trail before making our way back down again.

As we entered the park we made our way to the first horse coral just past the signs.  This is where our hike began and we were greeted by some typical lower mainland mist and fog.  I am not complaining at all.  As a matter of fact it was pretty surreal.  I felt like a fairy in the woods and in some parts, the bog.

This nearly 18 km return Alouette Valley Trail was difficult to find information on yet it is a popular horseback riding route.  It took us through mostly wide, easy trails.  Because of the time of year, some parts were muddy but overall, the trails were well-marked and well-groomed.  We made our way over rolling hills towards our final destination, Alouette Lake.  As usual, it was not uncommon to make some friends along the way, human and other.  The trails were pretty busy with people on horseback, others walking their dogs, Canadian geese relaxing by the lake and a curious raven watching over everything.

Everything was so green which is expected as it is a temporal rainforest.  The trees were covered in moss and as the bit of light shone through it, the trees looked like they were glowing.  The fungus was in full bloom as well taking up areas that were not conquered by the moss.

A few weeks back we experienced heavy wind storms.  Trees were knocked down and the moisture from the recent rains turned the exposed wood to bright oranges which contrasted the greens of the surroundings.  There was even a section that had leaves covering the trail.  It looked like a disaster until we started to walk past it.  It smelled of pine and cedar and despite the mess, it was probably the highlight of the hike.

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