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Gashes in the forest caused by fire, blowdown or human intrusion are quickly filled in by pioneer species such as fireweed or salal. Quick growing red alder and maple soon take over, being themselves supplanted in turn by Douglas fir once soil has stabilized. Eventually shade tolerant climax species such as western red cedar and western hemlock will come to dominate. The whole process can take centuries if not millennia. Immature fireweed plants can be cooked whole like broccoli while the young leaves can be used as salad greens. Fireweed is high in both beta-carotene and vitamin C. During pre-contact times fireweed seed fluffs found utility as pillow stuffing.
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Feb
2007
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Buntzen Lake: Diez Vistas Trail E-mail
(10 - user rating)
Written by Brian Grover   
Access: Click for details on Getting to Buntzen Lake.
Level: Challenging
Distance: 7 km
Time: 6 hr
Elevation Change: 460 m
Season: April - November
Map: 92 G/7
Multiple-Use: Closed to Mountain Bikes and Horses

As the name suggests you'll encounter ten viewpoints as you follow this trail along the ridgeline from South Beach to North Beach. On a clear day you'll be rewarded with great views of Indian Arm, Burrard Inlet and Vancouver beyond.

Rainforest Ferns find hospitable habitat in the thick mossy growth of a maple tree.
Rainforest Ferns

The trail is a bit rough in some areas. Return to South Beach via the Powerhouse Road or the Buntzen Lake Trail. Be sure to check out the intake tunnel at North Beach that drops water from neighboring Coquitlam Lake into the Buntzen Reservoir.

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