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Krumholtz
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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07
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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