The higher the path climbs, the taller the trees. Now predominantly conifer with the deciduous trees left behind on the lower slopes. Shafts of sunlight shone through the needled skies and the bare trunks. Lichens decorated the deeply patterned and textured bark of standing and fallen trees. Thick mats of soft moss carpeted the hillocks of the forest floor. Glimpses of fast moving red squirrels running round and round the massive firs that formed cathedral like arches overhead.