52 Weeks of Trails - Week 5- Cliff Gilker Park
In case you missed it, we've introduced our challenge to you for 2014-- 52 Weeks of Trails. Each week we'll blog about a trail (hike, bike, snowshoe, and paddle!) and we hope you enjoy and share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and/or Instagram using #52weeksoftrails. Happy Trails!
Week #5 - Cliff Gilker Park
Located in the Roberts Creek area, north of Gibsons BC, south of Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada. The hiking-only park is a popular gathering place for families, walkers, photographers and naturalists. The park's trail system is filled with many colour coded hiking routes cutting through forests and walking over creeks with unique wooden bridges observing a multitude of waterfalls. At over 7km in length, the multiple trails intersect one another and should take 1.5-2.5 hours to complete. A little longer if you spend some time enjoying the scenery. Some of the trails are wheelchair accessible, including the waterfall viewing platform. Rain or shine, you're covered by the canopy and in BC's wilderness.
The well-maintained trails are surrounded by Douglas Fir and Red Cedar trees. The trail system does have some stair climbing sections and bridge crossing sections over Clack and Roberts Creek. The four walking hiking trails are well marked and are all loop trails. There are four walking trails in total to explore in the park--the Washout, Katimavik, River Run and Shortcut Trails.
The park also boasts a grass playfield, two baseball diamonds and a playground. There are picnic sites and washroom facilities, and an on-site caretaker. Dogs are welcome, however, they must be kept on leash at all times and use doggie waste bags provided.
· Direction to Cliff Gilker Park: Follow Hwy 101 north from Gibsons for 10 km (6 mi.) or drive south on Hwy 101 from Sechelt to Roberts Creek. The Cliff Gilker Park is on the east side of Hwy 101 at 3110 Sunshine Coast Highway. It is right by the Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club—a perfect stop for a post-hike lunch!
· Map: Cliff Gilker Park (courtesy of SCRD)
· Geocaches- there are 2 geocaches in the park. If geocaching is new for you, it’s a real-world treasure hunt, so don’t miss out on the fun.
· Biking is not permitted on the trails in Cliff Gilker Park. Don't dismay, we'll feature some great biking trails soon!
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