While much of the nature park is covered with forests of lodgepole pine, Douglas fir and western larch, there are a few special spots where shaded gullies and bubbling streams combine to create wonderfully lush cedar glens. One of the nicest of these areas can be found along Creek Trail, which lies above Whitetail Valley and below Rockslide Trail.
Here, shaded by the shoulder of Bear Mountain and watered by a spring-fed creek, a steep path rises into an abundant area of mosses, ferns and towering western red cedars. Devil’s club, with its huge maple-like leaves and tall spikes of red berries, can also be found growing along the stream. Mushrooms abound, and a great variety of wildflowers such as queen’s cup, bunchberry, wintergreen and violets, can be found nestled among the trunks of fallen trees.
Please use care when walking or riding this trail, as it is particularly vulnerable to erosion and there are many exposed roots.
Hike through the Nordic Centre trails to the beginning of the Rockslide Trail, and head downhill on Flume Trail to its junction with Creek Trail. One way is about 3 km, with a 45-metre elevation loss.
Or, travel from Higgins Street or Swan Avenue up to Myrtle Junction, then follow Army Road to the bottom of Creek Trail. Watch for the creek coming down from the right, and head up the signed trail. One way is about 3.5 km, and there is a 130-metre elevation gain.