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near Anmore, British Columbia (Canada)
A closed loop, done In late December, cloudy, with occasional sun appearing low in southern sky. The mountains have fresh snow starting about 100m above trail elevations. An active trail with plenty of dogs. Bicycles restricted. Large free parking lot at south end of Buntzen Lake.
Trail on the west side is hillier and a bit rougher than the east side. It follows an old powerline for awhile near its north end. Can extend this hike by continuing to Indian Arm (on Pacific Ocean) from the north end of Buntzen Lake. High country trails are accessible in summer or with snowshoes.
Balcony at end of a side trail offers view back to beach area
mossy trees during a period of early afternoon sun
At north end of lake,cross bridge and start back south on the west side trail. Alternatively, can extend hike by continuing north to Power Plant and Indian Arm first.
Mostly trail is trough trees with occasional lake glimpses, and some better viewpoints. There is a higher-elevation trail option with views.
Crosses marshy area at south end of Lake