We’re in The Alpine
“We’re in the Alpine now,” is a common observation as hikers make their way up a mountain. The terrain starts to change because of increased elevation; it becomes sparse with beautiful meadows and trees that grow differently – they are shorter, twisted and gnarly.
Strathcona Provincial Park
Turning off the Inland Island Highway, heading towards Strathcona Provincial Park, is a steady incline up, past the Mount Washington Alpine Resort.
It was raining this day, our plan was to walk a short loop from the parking lot and back.
Our short walk was mostly on a well-kept boardwalk, protecting the meadows from foot-traffic.
Alpine Trees and Meadows
I do not know how to identify the species of trees, as they look very similar to me. I know there are fir, spruce, hemlock and cedar trees. Specifically, with the help of Vancouver Island Big Trees: Identify Trees, there are Douglas-fir, Sitka Spruce, Mountain Hemlock, Western Hemlock, Amabilis-fir, and the Western Red-cedar. Cedar trees are the easiest to identify- because their leaves are very distinct. If anyone can identify the trees I’ve photographed, I’d be grateful!
There are small signs along the trail, identifying the variety of flora, however I didn’t seem to locate any near the trees I photographed.
We will be back again to walk the trails, for a longer walk next time – taking us further up the mountain!
S, 🏔 🌲