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Snowshoe Route #5

Intermediate
 5.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A winter wonderland route in snow-laden forest.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

97%

Runnable

129' 39 m

High

52' 16 m

Low

94' 29 m

Up

99' 30 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

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This snowshoe route is not generally used as a summer running trail. This trail is for winter use only when snow covered.

Overview

This sheltered route is popular on the coldest days. There is a great view of Lake Melville from the hill descending into Games Trail quarry.

Need to Know

There is ample parking and a fully serviced chalet.

Description

Cross in front of the chalet and access Snowshoe Trail C1. Follow C1 trail to the intersection of Snowshoe Trail C3. Snowshoe Trail C3 crosses a narrow footbridge (Katima Bridge) over Birch Brook. As the name implies, it was placed by Katimavik volunteers in 2010 and it's still in good shape.

Snowshoe trail C3 crosses Brook Trail, follows a wooded path, crosses Rabbit Run, and enters a portion of an abandoned ski trail. At the top of the ridge, branch onto Snowshoe Trail C4, which meanders beneath tall spruce trees. The trail crosses Rabbit Run and follows a very narrow path where there are branches to dodge as the snow gets deeper.

The path crosses a connecting ski trail between Rabbit Run and Games Trail, briefly goes back into the woods and then crosses Games Trail to join Snowshoe Trail E1 at the top of the hill leading to Games Trail quarry. Snowshoe Trail E1 leads back to the old log cabin and nearby Katima Bridge, and from there, retrace the trails C3 and C1 back to the chalet.

History & Background

The old log cabin was Birch Brook's club house before the new chalet was built.

Shared By:

Betty Anne Fequet

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Photos

Snowshoe trail E1 by Games Trail quarry
Feb 10, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Rabbit Run
Feb 28, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
The old log cabin on Rabbit Run, the original trail.
Feb 19, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Birch Brook Chalet by Chris Sampson
Feb 10, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
The knoll with snowshoe trails D6 and E3 as seen from the chalet
Feb 11, 2019 near Happy V…, NL

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