Part I of II
There is a nice forest north of Squamish that has been established for our enjoyment and recreation, providing opportunities to learn how forests are managed. There are more than 10 km of connecting trails. I decided to do a loop joining several trails into one, because there is not book describing the one that I did, I decided to called it Brohm-Juan Loop
To find the trailhead, drive Highway 99 (Sea to Sky Highway) north of Squamish for just over 2 km beyond the Alice Lake turnoff. You will see a small parking area with a yellow gate prominent behind. Traffic is heavy on this area, so please don't do stupid things and keep driving 2.2 km and make a turn at the Brohm Lake parking lot.
When you past the gate is an information kiosk with a map and directions to help you fully appreciate the walk. For you information this is the original Highway 99. 0.4 km later you come to the Alder Trail forking off to the right.
The trail rises gently for 1.1 km to finally meet Bridge Trail. On this lush trail you will see evidence of past logging practices, such as stumps and cables remaining from the 1946 harvest.
Red alder is the dominant tree in this forest, as it is one of the first trees to appear after an area has been disturbed. Alder helps to enrich the soil for the plants that follow them by combining with a bacteria to "fix" nitrogen in the soil.
Very soon you will reach the junction to Bridge Trail. Go Left and keep walking for 0.3 km
Then you will reach the junction to High Trail. Watch for old machine parts, cables, gears, and other equipment used in early logging along the sides of the path. Follow this path for 0.5 km
You will reach the old road. At this point you have the choice of doing the Cheakamus Loop Trail where you must follow an old logging road through a mixed coniferous and deciduous forest. In my case I followed the road for 0.5 km.
Then I started doing the other half of High Trail. Along this route, you’ll also see areas covered with ‘slash’, or the fallen trees that have been cut during juvenile spacing treatments. This part of the trail has a moderate difficulty.
This trail also offer views of the Tantalus Mountain Range. The Tantalus View Trail is only 0.2 km long but quite steep. On a clear day the lookout offers stunning views of the Tantalus Mountain Range and the Squamish Valley.
The Tantalus icefields are among the largest in North America. The open ridge at the top is dominated by Lodgepole pine, a tree that is well adapted to dry sites and low nutrient soils.
To keep going towards the lake, on High Trail you will see the junction to Connector Trail that goes downhill for 0.4 km. Along the trail you will see a designated Wildlife Tree. Signposted with yellow diamonds, wildlife trees provide nesting cavities, dens, roosts, hunting perches and feeding sites for birds, mammals and amphibians.