Words & Photos:: Mountain Life Ambassador Sarah Bulford
Fall is a much anticipated time of year for locals in the Sea to Sky corridor. The crowds are headed home and the trails, rock walls and parks begin to clear. It’s that magical time of year when you can wear a t-shirt during the day and bundle up in a puffy as the sun goes down. Autumn is my favourite time of year for photography and hiking. These photos seem to reflect a feeling for everyone when they see them – a feeling of change and room to breathe.
Squamish is a bustling town; you’d be hard pressed to find anyone sitting around on a sunny day. As the rain comes and the leaves fall, people start to chill a little bit. Coffee shops fill up with laptops as folks start planning for the next season to come. Whether you’re a climber, runner, mountain biker or skier – fall means good things.
As some of my much-loved areas begin to cool down, I usually head out to capture some of the season’s stunning changes. Here is a list of some of my favourite areas around town to capture those pumpkin pie eating feels:
Murrin Lake Loop Trail:
This is a perfect, chill hike on a fall day. The trail is roughly 2km and leads to a couple beautiful viewpoints overlooking the ocean. This trail has had lots of work done in the last few years and is well marked and easy to navigate. In the summer, you’ll find this spot swarming with climbers and tourists but come fall, it’s actually quite peaceful. Check out more here.
Squamish Estuary Trail:
This is one of my favourite areas in Squamish because it’s still got that wild feeling. Tall grass, birds, marsh meadows, spruce and alders provide sanctuary to species at risk such as the Pacific water shrew, red leg frog and trumpeter swan. It’s almost like being on a safari when you take a walk through these areas – you never know what you are going to see. There are multiple different entrance points into the Estuary but I always like to go in from the end of the Spit Road. Check out more here.
Wonderland Lake Loop:
Head to the Sea to Sky Gondola and perhaps get a moody ride up through the fog. Check out their new Wonderland Lake Loop trail. The boardwalk is perfect for cruising along, sipping a warm beverage and capturing some fall vibes. It’s a really simple trail (perfect if you’re nursing a summer injury or walking with your grandma) Check out more here.
Mamquam River Trails:
There’s nothing like the smell of wet leaves and fish as you run along the shores of the Mamquam River. I love checking out how the water levels create new paths and channels through the sandbars. If you are heading into this area, be sure to be alert for wildlife (bears also love this spot) and area closures! Check out more here.
If you don’t bump into Sarah along one of her favorite trails, you can find her other adventures here too.