A new multi-purpose trail project was officially opened at Kinnikinnick Park last week. Brown Sugar with 1.8 km of twists and turns was completed over the course of 5 years by successive classes from Capilano University’s Mountain Bike Operations Program.
Kinnikinick is already one of my favourite walking areas so it seemed like a good excuse for a Saturday afternoon hike. One of the hallmarks of this trail system is excellent signage with approximate distances allowing you to choose just how far you want to walk that day.
The student expertise that went into the building of Brown Sugar was evident with a few of these raised bridges for those wanting more of a technical challenge. This new trail also had banked corners for an easy ride, graded areas to keep the trail from washing away, and strategically placed obstacles to keep you from wandering off the trail. But the trail wasn’t built just for mountain bikers and I had it completely to myself as I explored on foot.
With a few stops for photography, it took me about a half-hour to explore this new addition and I followed Eagles Nest for my return route. This trail is aptly named as I could hear a pair of eagles overhead calling back and forth to each other. At other times along the trail I could also hear the occasional tapping of woodpeckers and a healthy chorus of frogs.
When the trails were first created a decade or more ago, they worked hard to leave the park in a very natural state and I think they succeeded. Today you can see the forest slowly reclaiming its territory. Fallen logs have taken on a verdant green coating with small shoots of new vegetative growth poking through the moss.
As I walked through the park, passing over conveniently placed footbridges, the sun shone through the trees, dappling the trail with patches of light and everything was as it should be. Life is good on the Sunshine Coast.
A hearty thank you to the students of Capilano University’s Mountain biking Operations Program and to the original stewards of Kinnikinnick Park for creating such a wonderful set of trails. We are indeed very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place as the Sunshine Coast.
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