- Category: Explore
- Published on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 07:50
Another part of the Green Timbers urban forest is hidden on the other side of the Fraser Highway. And inside, cut off from the main park by not just the highway, but a few streets and a greenway, is a set of paths.
You'll need a car to get to this trail or a decent pair of feet. It's mid-way between 140 and 144 Streets, and between Fraser Highway and 92 Avenue. The trail is easy to access once you're on the Green Timbers Greenway. If you're driving, park at one of the 92 Avenue cul-de-sacs.
The red line goes from King George Skytrain Station (top left) along Fraser Highway. The Green Timbers area is bounded, more-or-less, between 140 and 148 Streets, West to East, and 100 to 92 Avenues, North to South. It's bisected by 96 Avenue (West to East), the Greenway (sort of parallel and a bit to the South), and Fraser Highway (at a diagonal).
That little bit of trail between 96 Avenue at Fraser Highway and the greenway is called the Cascara trail. It's easy to spot if you're walking.
Here's what the Railbed trail entrance looks like, as seen from the greenway, looking West Southwest
These paths are marked by these handy posts. They're about a meter high.
Right off the entrance is a classic westcoast mis-en-scene: a tree growing out of a crumbling old stump.
It's hard to believe we're only a few minutes (by car) away from Surrey Centre.
The path suddenly runs straight. As the name suggests, there used to be a railbed here. It would have been used to run logs when this area was cut down, in the 1920s.
And then, the straight path ends and we have a few choices. The trail continues south over the mesh bridge (the dog wasn't keen on this), or to the right. Notice that "LKY" would prefer to return the way we came.
The bridge crosses King Creek.
It's a natural party zone. I couldn't decipher the marks on the tree.
Continuing on, King Creek trail almost turns into a tunnel at times. There's another fork in the trail, unmarked, with a second bridge. This one is made of wood.
Ah, the end of the path. The whole trek took 20 minutes at a leisurely pace. When I came out at 92 Avenue, on the East side of the forest there were several young men hanging around their cars, smoking cigarettes and listening to music. They pointed out another path that led to 92 Avenue on the West side. There may be a musical in this dynamic tension between East, West and two cul-de-sacs.
Crossing from East to West we came across King Creek's third bridge. I'm not sure I'd be confident taking a wheelchair across this one.
Here's the Western entrance. The blackberries were ripe and delicious.
Going back we went up the unmarked path, across the wood bridge and eventually found another familiar signpost. Maple Trail is pointing roughly West, Swordfern North-ish.
Continuing on Swordfern we crossed this old walkway of logs and eventually met up at the junction with Railbed and King Creek Trails. On the whole walk, the dog and I met one couple with a pair of dogs, two guys taking a break at the second bridge, and a cyclist. This was on a sunny weekend, when the parks would have been busy. Clearly, isolation from parking lots has its advantages!