The Seven Sisters Trail
Posted: August 15, 2013
Written by Nicole Fourchalk
The Seven Sisters Trail at Cultas Lake is an easy, relaxing hike for families, nature lovers, and beginners alike. Starting out at the Spring Bay picnic area parking lot, you can walk across the street to enter the trail at Clear Creek Campground. The trail is very well marked and easy to find. I recommend that you get an early start during summer months as parking is limited to ten or twelve places. We arrived at 9:45 and managed to get one of the last spots.
Being our first time hiking this trail, we were not sure what to expect. Hiking with me today were my two daughters ages ten and twelve years old. We were anxious to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a nice peaceful day of hiking and swimming at the lake. This hike is perfect to combine with a picnic lunch, a dip in the lake, and it was very dog friendly as well. The path starts out with a long winding trail surrounded by lush greenery. The trail gently starts to wind up hill as you pass many fallen trees, large tree trunks, ferns, and moss covered forest floor. As we gently climbed up, I thought that this would also be a great trail for those who like to do trail running as it could very easily be used as a running trail for those in good shape.
Less than twenty minutes later we are at the junction with the sign that outlines the location of the Seven Sisters. A steep wooden path with steps now winds up and around to allow you to view the enormous Douglas Fir Trees, some fallen and some still standing at 280 feet tall. As you take a moment to appreciate the gigantic size of these trees it is hard to believe that you are only a short drive away from a major thriving metropolis. We hiked around the loop a second time to find one or two giant trees that we missed the first time.
Wildlife to be viewed on the trail are the flying squirrels, not to mention an abundant number of banana slugs. The air is fresh and clean and the trail was almost deserted with no more than two other hiking groups at the same time as us. It was very safe for children and even my technology absorbed pre-teens found lots of interesting wildlife and scenery to enjoy. We took many great photos along the way and were back to the car in about an hour.
Total Distance: 4km (return)Time: 1 – 1.5 hour(s)
Elevation Gain: 120 meters