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Snowshoe Trail D6

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A challenging all season trail with stunning views.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.2

KM

82%

Runnable

497' 152 m

High

281' 86 m

Low

90' 28 m

Up

216' 66 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

The fully serviced chalet is open during ski season and snowshoe trail passes are required for winter use of trails. There is no fee for off season trail use, but donations are appreciated.

Runner Notes

This would be a fun and challenging trail to run with uneven footing to keep you alert!

Description

Yes, there's a steady steep climb to get to the summit but it's not dangerous and there are lots of handy trees to hang onto. In any case you'll want to stop frequently to take in the views, so no worries.

Snowshoe trail D6 starts where D3 branches off to cross Birches Run. The steepness begins by the Birches Run/Upper Deck intersection nearby and continues past the intersection of E3. The climb then becomes more moderate to the summit. The summit was previously burnt and few trees have grown back which allows an unimpeded view in all directions. Try to find the chalet as a speck below.

Descend into a healthy stand of birch, cherry and dog berry trees. Just before the trail enters a dense spruce forest, turn right for a short side to D6 Lower View and return. The trail then passes through a mature coniferous stand into a sunny valley with majestic birch. Continue the downhill trek through saplings of birch, aspen, and other mostly deciduous regrowth that has sprung up since the fire. The trail crosses Games Trail and ends at the turn in D1.

Flora & Fauna

In the deciduous forest areas, there is a carpet of wildflowers and ferns through spring and summer. The summit is somewhat bare but not barren. Look for various lichens and ripe blueberries and red berries in late summer. For more info on flora and fauna, visit the Birch Brook website.

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Betty Anne Fequet

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Photos

Snowshoe trail D7 as seen from D6.
Feb 24, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Snowshoe Trail D6 near D7 intersection.
Jan 18, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Trail D3 along the cliff face changes at every turn
Jan 4, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
D6 view. Find A2 meeting B1, B1 heading into the ravine, B1 escarpment route, B1 on the ridge joining D3.
Feb 27, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Julian at base of the cliff on D1.
Feb 28, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Donna on D6 after the steepest part of the trail completed.
Feb 26, 2019 near Happy V…, NL

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