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Trees clustered together in the sub alpine stand a much better chance of surviving the harsh conditions. Called krumholtz, these tree islands are miniature ecosystems unto themselves, providing mutual protection against the elements while acting as a catch basin for moisture. A krumholtz provides habitat for lesser plant species as well as insects, birds and mammals big and small. Usually trees in the krumholtz, German for "crooked wood," are old if not ancient, stunted by a short growing season, harsh weather and a paucity of nutrient-rich soil. Branches tend to flourish on the downwind side only.
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06
Feb
2007
Bowen Island: Dorman Point Trail E-mail
(24 - user rating)
Written by Brian Grover   
Access: See Introduction
Level: Easy
Distance: 4 km
Time: 1½ hr
Elevation Change: 50 m
Map: 92 G/6
Season: Year Round

Aim for the Snug Cove Picnic Area at the head of the bay upon reaching shore. Access is just up Government Road on the left, behind a number of small shops.

Ferry rounding Dorman Point as it enters Snug Cove out of a fog bank
Ferry from Horsehoe Bay to Bowen Island

Dorman Point Trail continues past the picnic tables leading steeply up to a rocky bluff just 2 km away. Whytecliffe Park directly across on the mainland and the University Endowment Lands in the distance should be visible when weather conditions allow. Return the same way you came or take Robinson Road and Dorman Road to add some variation to the walk.

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