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Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
The fully serviced chalet is open during ski season and snowshoe trail passes are required for winter use of trails. There is no fee for off season trail use, but donations are appreciated.
Yes, there's a steady steep climb to get to the summit but it's not dangerous and there are lots of handy trees to hang onto. In any case you'll want to stop frequently to take in the views, so no worries.
Snowshoe trail D6 starts where D3 branches off to cross Birches Run
. The steepness begins by the Birches Run
intersection nearby and continues past the intersection of E3. The climb then becomes more moderate to the summit. The summit was previously burnt and few trees have grown back which allows an unimpeded view in all directions. Try to find the chalet as a speck below.
Descend into a healthy stand of birch, cherry and dog berry trees. Just before the trail enters a dense spruce forest, turn right for a short side to D6 Lower View and return. The trail then passes through a mature coniferous stand into a sunny valley with majestic birch. Continue the downhill trek through saplings of birch, aspen, and other mostly deciduous regrowth that has sprung up since the fire. The trail crosses Games Trail
and ends at the turn in D1.
Flora & Fauna
In the deciduous forest areas, there is a carpet of wildflowers and ferns through spring and summer. The summit is somewhat bare but not barren. Look for various lichens and ripe blueberries and red berries in late summer. For more info on flora and fauna, visit the Birch Brook website
Shared By: Betty Anne Fequet