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.