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Snowshoe Route #2

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Trail

3.2 mile 5.1 kilometer loop
97% Runnable
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 217' 66 m
Descent: -217' -66 m
High: 238' 73 m
Low: 53' 16 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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Trail shared by Betty Anne Fequet

This is the shortest route to Aspen Lookout and Daredevil Rock.

Betty Anne Fequet

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Snowshoe trails are open during ski season. They may also be used in the off season. This trail is for winter use only when snow covered.

Overview

Aspen Lookout and Daredevil Rock are prominent features along Games Trail but you can't ski there! Snowshoes make any climb possible. Apart from a few steep bits, it's an overall easy run.

Need to Know

Birch Brook Chalet, with full services, is open during ski season and trail passes for snowshoeing are required. Trails can also be used in the off season, but no chalet amenities would be available.

Description

Starting by the old log cabin, follow snowshoe trail E1 across Games Trail, across Fox Trot and across Games Trail again. Branch off onto snowshoe trail E2 by the blue map sign. There is a bit of an incline at the beginning and at two other places before E2 ends up right at the cliff face. It's an easy run from there to the turn to Aspen Lookout. There is a short steep incline to Aspen Lookout but the view is worth it.

Return via E2 and then E4 where you're high up with views all the way. Stop for a selfie at Daredevil Rock and then enjoy the descent. At the E4/E1 intersection, turn left to retrace the route back to the old log cabin.

Flora & Fauna

Black spruce forest, aspen groves. There will be moose, rabbit, and ptarmigan tracks.

History & Background

Much of this area was burnt in a forest fire in the 1980s. It is interesting to note how forest regeneration has proceeded differently in various sites.

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E2 trail in summer accessed by a good connecting trail branching off Chaulk's Run.
Feb 28, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Wildflowers on E2 trail. Use the access trail branching off Chaulk's Run.
Feb 28, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Snowshoe trail E4.
Jan 18, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
It's a pleasant short hike to Daredevil Rock on E4 accessed via Games Trail.
Feb 28, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Snowshoe Trail E1 showing Aspen Lookout in the background.
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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