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“Vine Maple Trail from North valley parking lot, to Shaggy Main via Ravine, back through deer run and little river loop.”
— Doug Thorpe
Bikes are restricted to the Perimeter Trail only, which this loop does not include.
Varied track type, starts off with a bit of gravel from the parking lot, changing to compact soil with tree routes through deciduous forest. Few twist and turns before going over a boardwalk and back onto gravel as the canop opens up. Up a hill through a field, and the back into forest, this time Coniferous canopy dominates as you go past a small creek. Down a hill, over boardwalk and then uphill before hopping onto a wide horse trail. Loose gravel really works those calves, but firms up further down the trail. Leads over a few waterbodies through bridge crossings, and then spltis off from the horse trail onto another compact soil trail through Coniferous trees. Avoid a few logs and roots, and head onto the Historic Langley Speedway where you cross onto Little River Loop for the last km and a bit. Cross over the Little Campbell River using the bridge, and you'll be back at the parking lot!
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Spring — Views — Wildlife
Need to Know
1 of many loops that are possible in this park. Expect to see horses on Shaggy Mane trail, and be sure to yield as they have the right of way!
Can be busy at times, several families like to feed the birds so jst be careful around some corners. Yield to all horses while on the Perimiter trail, and just be aware not all dogs will be off-leash despite the on leash mandate throughout the park.
Start off at the parking lot, and run south on the Little River Loop trail. Take the right turn towards Vine Maple trail, marked by the sign post. Here the trail turns from gravel into compact soil. Expect the trail to twist and turn, and have roots to avoid. A few parts of boardwalk that are a bit slick, but have grip strips down. When you get to the t intersection, was the trail ends, turn right. The trail will be gravel.
Keep running, go up and around the hill and into the field. Follow the left fork at the garbage can, run towards the gap in the trees. After the gap in the trees follow the trail to the left, onto Ravine trail. Cool little section with a bit of elevation change as you follow a little stream towards the Little Campbell River, go over the stream and continue straight. If you wish to run non stop, ignore the urge to turn left at the opening after the bridge, it is a little view point and not a trail! There will be a bit of boardwalk, and turn left at the three way intersection. Duck your head as you pass under a tree, and run up the hill.
There is a horse barrier you have to negotiate, and then turn left onto the gravel Shaggy Mane Trail
. Continue on Shaggy Mane trail, staying on the gravel to the right where the fork occurs. Go over the bridge, and stay right again at the next junction. Continue running on Shaggy Mane, avoid turning left at the junction after the bridge to stay on Shaggy Mane. At the next junction, stay left before turning left onto the compact soil of Deer Run.
Negotiate the sometimes down horse barrier, being sure to avoid the roots in the trail and the odd log that is down (not big). be prepared for some concrete, as you'll find yourself on the Historic Langley Speedway! Head left around the oval, around only a quarter of the track to the hole in the crash barrier. Trail opens up into a field, before going into the canopy again as it turns into the Little River Loop. Continue straight on the Little River Loop, expect some boardwalk and a bridge as you cross over the Little Campbell River for the last time, finishing in the parking lot!.
Flora & Fauna
Native plants characteristic of the Coastal Western Hemlock Biogeoclimatic zone, I take very little time to look but it is a very nice natural ecosystem full of other animal species. I have seen many European grey squirrels unfortunately, but there are chipmunks as well.
History & Background
In the park there are a few homestead buildings, and an old schoolhouse where local elementary schools give their students a taste of what early 1900's schooling was like. There is also the Historic Langley Speedway, which held races at one point and some groups want to get operational again.