Snowshoe Route #3
ElevationAscent: 218' 67 m
Descent: -314' -96 m
High: 289' 88 m
Low: 60' 18 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“This trail provides a panoramic view of each of the other peaks that anchor the Birch Brook snowshoe trail network.”— Betty Anne Fequet
Vegetation starkly changes after a briefly steep incline to reach the ridge. Regrowth after the fire has resulted in very patchy slow growing spruce and there are very few substantial trees for displaying markers so watch carefully for the flagging tape. The route stays along the ridge right to the end of A2. At the intersection of B1, watch for the sign that indicates the third shortcut back to the chalet (this portion of the snowshoe route is also good in all seasons).
Continue on B1 to the infamous ravine where there are two crossing options to consider. B1 has ropes to help with the climbs down and up. Turn instead onto B3 which does not have ropes. The slope is gentler but it's a good work out all the same! Climb up the bank of the escarpment to find B1 again. Continue left and follow the trail all the way around the edge of the escarpment, then cross Gosling View Trail and up onto another ridge. B1 merges into D3 (which can be a direct route back to the chalet via D2, D1, and C1) but for additional distance and scenery, follow D3 onto D2 and then follow all of D5 beneath the tall birches rejoining D2, then D1, a bit of Rabbit Run and then C3 and E1 back to the old log cabin.
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