|Sunriver Trail runs alongside the beautiful, salmon-bearing Sooke River|
One of my favourite easy big tree get-aways close to home is the Sunriver Nature Park Trail which runs along the west bank of the Sooke River in the Sunriver neighbourhood in Sooke, BC.
|Ancient Western red cedar|
Even after the early years of resource extraction, and now with a residential development spreading across previously forested lands all along Phillips Road and the river, it is still possible to find the odd gigantic, ancient tree, and some peace and quiet.
|Sun sets on a small patch of older forest|
I took these photographs on a recent late afternoon hike along the Sunriver Trail which leaves Phillips Rd and extends along the river for about a kilometre. Even though I have been hiking here dozens of times, I see something new each time.
The area has the faint whiff of the primeval forest, and it is only a short bike ride from home.
|Big moss and lichen covered maples populate the forest along with Douglas-fir, cedar, hemlock, and Grand fir|
There may be houses encroaching on this beautiful spot, but for now it thankfully remains a semi-wild sanctuary for lovers of nature, big trees, and quiet. When you go, watch for bear, cougar, and other wildlife.