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Snowshoe Route #1

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3.8 mile 6.2 kilometer loop
90% Runnable
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 557' 170 m
Descent: -557' -170 m
High: 563' 171 m
Low: 51' 15 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Betty Anne Fequet

This is the most exhilarating long snowshoe route that samples every type of terrain at Birch Brook.

Betty Anne Fequet

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Snowshoe trails are open during ski season at Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club. Find details on the club website. This trail is for winter use only when snow covered.

Overview

The summits provide panoramic views of the ski trails below as well as Lake Melville and the Mealy Mountains in the distance as the route reaches the summits of major knolls viewed from the ski chalet and trails.

Need to Know

During ski season, the fully serviced chalet is open. When running in the off season, amenities are not available.

Description

Start from the old log cabin and follow snowshoe trail E1 to Brook Trail, and then follow snowshoe trail C3 (cross Rabbit Run twice) right to Snowshoe trail D1. This is an easy route through mature black spruce forest.

From snowshoe trail D1, access snowshoe trail D2 where the ascent begins through a forest of majestic white birch. Snowshoe trail D2 joins snowshoe trail D4 and then D3 across a previously burnt area, an easy run. Snowshoe trail D3 continues to the base of the knoll and then the climbing begins. Follow snowshoe trail D6 then branch off onto E3.

There's more climbing to reach the summit but a panoramic view rewards the effort. Enjoy a nice downhill, continuing on snowshoe trail E3, cross Chaulk's Connector, and continue right to the intersection of snowshoe trail E2. Turn onto snowshoe trail E4 that requires more climbing to achieve spectacular views. Daredevil Rock is a glacial erratic precariously perched on a knoll above Games Trail.

There are some tricky downhill bits in the descent. Take a shortcut across Games Trail onto Fox Trot, then back onto snowshoe trail E1 all the way back to the old cabin.

Flora & Fauna

Black spruce forest, birch and aspen groves.

History & Background

The old log cabin is the original Birch Brook chalet and was in use until the modern chalet was built. The open areas of the trail are remnants of a large forest fire in the 1980s.

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Photos

Snowshoe trail D7 as seen from D6.
Feb 24, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Intersection of Snowshoe trails E3 and E2 with Aspen Lookout to the right.
Jan 18, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Snowshoe trail D3 looking towards Goose Bay.
Jan 18, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Snowshoe Trail E1 showing Aspen Lookout in the background.
Jan 18, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Beautiful birch grove on Snowshoe trail D2 off Games Trail.
Jan 18, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Snowshoe trail E1 by Games Trail quarry
Feb 10, 2019 near Happy V…, NL

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