Cranberry Marsh/Starratt Wildlife Management Area (loop)
- Difficulty: Easy
- Warnings: No official warnings. Check social media feeds below for current trail status updates
- Wheelchair accessible: yes
- High-clearance 4×4 advised to access trailhead? no
- Best seasons: spring, summer, fall
- Distance: trail portion is 0.17 miles/0.27 km one-way, depending on start point.
- Approx. Time: 15 minutes
- Elevation change (min to max): minimal
- Steepest grade: one steeper section at the southern trailhead (approx 20%)
- Viewpoints: Good marsh critter viewing. No mountain viewpoints from the trail
- Geocache points: Unknown
- Closest bathroom/outhouse:Visitor Info Centre (adjacent to southern trailhead)
- Cell service? Yes
- Gear to bring: Bring binoculars/telephoto lens/moleskin/mosquito spray…
- How to access/where to park: 1) From the Visitor info centre, head downhill towards the creek (towards the salmon viewing signs) about 250m. Park at the parking lot next to the creek and the hwy overpass. Northern trailhead starts at the parking lot. Southern trailhead starts just downhill from the visitor info centre (look for trailhead sign) Click here for Google Map Directions
- Best Parts: The wildlife viewing can be great, especially for small animals and insects in springtime – birds, ducks, tadpoles, frogs, muskrats, dragonflies to name just a few. You can ski or snowshoe the trail in winter.
- Worst Parts: If the weather has been wet recently, some parts of the trail may be mucky. Due to the proximity to the hwy, you can hear traffic. Sometimes garbage collects in the area due to hwy traffic. The mosquitoes can also be bad during the summertime – but nothing a little mosquito spray or net shirt can’t handle!
A very accessible and short trail, George Hicks Park trail weaves its way through a marsh adjacent to the salmon viewing area on Swift Creek. Be surrounded by nature just 5 minutes off the highway – however, don’t expect not to hear the highway noise due to the proximity. View tadpoles, dragonflies, muskrats, frogs, and an assortment of marsh creatures. Right next to this trail is the salmon spawning viewing area at Swift Creek. View Chinook salmon vie for the best spawning area from mid-August to mid-September.
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