It's a simple hike, without much elevation gain but it was good enough to get moving on a lazy Sunday. The Capilano River is flowing fast and made for a pleasant sonic backdrop as we walked through the forest. The trail is mostly in good condition thanks to the gravel upgrades of a couple of years ago. Only a couple of muddy spots here and there. Along the initial stretch there's evidence of recent repairs to some small slides and slumps, including a stretch of concrete blocks to hold back one section of slope.
We were surprised to see how many cars were parked at the trailhead at the end of Keith Road, and sure enough we met plenty of people (and their dogs) along the way. A fair few trail runners too, not all of whom were very considerate of other trail users :-/
Salmonberry is well into bloom with many cheery pink dots decorating the stems. Skunk cabbage is starting to poke its bright yellow swamp lanterns above the mud. The find of the day was a few patches of coltsfoot.
A couple of varied thrushes sang their wistful notes, accompanied by robins, juncos, ravens, wrens and a pair of dippers at one of the creeks along the way. The hatchery has salmonids on display and we saw one large steelhead trout.