Pitt River and Marsh

Maple Ridge, British Columbia

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The Pitt Wildlife Management Area south of Pitt Lake is popular with hikers year round—as a winter walk, during spring and fall for bird watching or for a lazy walk along the dykes amid the tall grasses of summer. The polder is a haven for ducks, geese, herons, sandhill cranes and a variety of songbirds. Ospreys, hawks and eagles hold their place in the life of the marsh; beaver and muskrat busily burrow away at the dykes. Be sure to take binoculars. Regrettably, the interesting mountainside trail bordering the eastern edge of the marsh is currently closed due to lack of maintenance, so for the time being, hiking is restricted to the network of dyke paths around the marshes. The fairly long circuit suggested here should satisfy most walkers in terms of interest and exercise.

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"The Pitt Wildlife Management Area south of Pitt Lake is popular with hikers year round—as a winter walk, during spring and fall for bird watching or for a lazy walk along the dykes amid the tall grasses of summer. The polder is a haven for ducks, geese, herons, sandhill cranes and a variety of songbirds. Ospreys, hawks and eagles hold their place in the life of the marsh; beaver and muskrat busily burrow away at the dykes. Be sure to take binoculars.

Regrettably, the interesting mountainside trail bordering the eastern edge of the marsh is currently closed due to lack of maintenance, so for the time being, hiking is restricted to the network of dyke paths around the marshes. The fairly long circuit suggested here should satisfy most walkers in terms of interest and exercise."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Maple Ridge
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Allow 3.5 hours
Local Contacts: Pitt Wildlife Management Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Pitt River and Marsh

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May 2018