This August, I made two trips to the Central Walbran Valley, on August 2-3 with Chica, and on August 22-24 with three friends, and Chica, naturally. I had been wanting to get into this area for a few years, ever since my friend Rishi raved about it, and I finally did it. And I plan to return! Wow!
The area is jam-packed with hundreds of monumental red cedars, especially in the spectacular “Castle Grove,” which is perhaps the most extensive stand of near record-sized cedars on Earth. (Ancient Forest Alliance)
The road going in, however, is a deterrent, and it degrades appreciably in the last ten kilometres. Slow going, so slow, that I only averaged 22 k an hour for the two hours on the return.
Slow going or what!
Shawn with one of the “unnamed” beauties
Mo inside a fallen giant
Some of the trail improvements by the Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC)
Chica liked the stairs, too
Where we were serenaded by a naked guitarist!
And all we found was this sign. Maybe this is a giant that isn’t there anymore?
The valley is reputedly home to many animals, but this was the biggest one we saw
It certainly is worth protecting!