o we started out on Boulton Creek interpretive trail and followed it down to the new bridge over Boulton Creek. From here we turned left and looked at the re-worked section of the ski trail to the junction with Fox Creek and Moraine. All was good. Plodded up Moraine and down to the bridge again, then turned right, thinking we were in for a nice walk by the creek. WRONG. The next time we saw the creek was at the Boulton Bridge parking lot. A new section of ski trail has been built that heads uphill into the pine forest, winding about with easy hills and some interesting bends (it will be great fun to ski), but as a hiking trail and specifically as an interpretive hiking trail, it “has no soul” as someone said. The entrance to the old creek trail had been blocked off.
Back at the parking lot, we decided to check out the old trail and see if it was still walkable for people on foot. The time it took us to get to the bridge and back was about the same time as it took us to walk the ski trail one way. (The ski trail is only 300 m longer but it is hilly.) So from that you will gather there is not a lot wrong with the old trail. Most of it IS good, but here and there are glitches particularly at interpretive sign #9 where there is now the opportunity to talk about creeks in flood. And where have all the cobbles come from? Bolton used to be such a scenic “babbling brook” with flowery grassy banks and overhanging bushes… Anyway, in our estimation the damage shown in the photos below is all fixable if there is the will to fix it. It would be nice to get the trail re-opened for walkers.
Please go and take a look. Would be interested to know what you think.