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Blue Trail

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A remote, rugged 2.0 km trail encircling a rich wetland.


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

98%

Runnable

518' 158 m

High

463' 141 m

Low

103' 31 m

Up

104' 32 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Features Birding · Lake · Wildlife

Need to Know

Park at the outer gate and walk in.

Description

The Elbow Lake property is 426.8 ha (1,054.6 Ac) in size, encompassing approximately six kilometres of shoreline frontage on Elbow, Spectacle and Upper Rock lakes. Characteristic of the rugged topography of the Frontenac Arch, a narrow, southerly extension of the Canadian Shield, the property is a mosaic of rocky ridges and outcrops, mixed deciduous-coniferous woodlands, lowland and shoreline wetlands. Approximately 30% of the total area of the property is lake or wetland.

Flora & Fauna

Intermingled among southern species such as Shagbark Hickory, Southern Flying Squirrel and Allegheny Vine, one will also find boreal forest habitat characteristic of more northern climes, supporting species such as Tamarack and Snowshoe Hare.

Habitat for several significant plant and animal species unique to the Frontenac Arch is supported on the Elbow Lake property. North-extending populations of both the Grey Ratsnake and Five-lined Skink occur into the Frontenac Arch; elsewhere in Ontario, these two species are only present in Southwestern Ontario along the Lake Erie shoreline. The Endangered Butternut tree is found on the Elbow Lake property, while Cerulean Warbler, Blanding's Turtle, and Whip-poor-will, all provincially-designated Species at Risk, occur in relatively high concentrations within the area.

Contacts

Land Manager: Queen's University

Shared By:

Ali Ryder

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Photos

Elbow Lake from the Blue Trail.
Apr 17, 2021 near Kingston, ON
Hikers on the Canadian Shield lookout point.
Apr 17, 2021 near Kingston, ON
Beaver dam and lodge in Spectacle Lake.
Apr 17, 2021 near Kingston, ON
Two beaver lodges in Spectacle Lake.
Apr 17, 2021 near Kingston, ON
Red Trail lookout point.
Mar 30, 2021 near Kingston, ON
Rocky feature on the blue trail.
Apr 17, 2021 near Kingston, ON

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