Sub-alpine Forest of the North Cascade Mountains


The Chilliwack River Valley is one of our favourite areas to visit, and the forest service roads allow easy access to subalpine levels, although there is a need for a sturdy vehicle, preferably four wheel drive. This forest grows at around 1700m on a north facing steep slope. It is dominated by amabilis fir, with some mountain hemlock and yellow cedar. The common witch's hair lichen give the tree trunks a soft and furry look. This is a typical old growth forest, and we are standing in fact only a few metres from the edge of a clear cut. After a dry and hot summer this was one of the first rainy days and fog was drifting through the trees as the west wind pushed the clouds against the mountains.