Cliff Gilker Park is zealously protected by a passionate community and with good reason. Its 56 hectares are joined together with a series of well maintained trails and foot bridges that criss-cross back and forth over Roberts Creek as it funnels its way back to the Salish Sea.
Along the way the creek bed drops suddenly in elevation forming four powerful waterfalls. There are several viewing platforms and comfortable benches allowing one the opportunity to sit and contemplate the beauty of this endless cycle of Nature.
I took the Red trail today, a short 2 km loop which follows along the east side of the creek. The trails are well signed with a map at each intersection. Between stops for pictures and a leisurely pace it took just under an hour and it seemed like I had the park completely to myself as I saw only two other people.
I did have other companions, however, and could hear several species of feathered friends singing their songs of courtship and territory. The ripe salmon berries were a bright orange contrast to the verdant moss covered branches hanging above the misty waterfalls.
The water continued to flow, sometimes quickly, plunging over the rocks and at other times slowly, gathering in pools, but always propelled by the force of gravity. Leaving the park I took a short 5-minute drive to the mouth of Roberts Creek to see the water finally return to the ocean, where it will begin once again the cycle which will bring it back to the highlands of the creek.
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