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Ganaraska Trail (Black River Section)

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Rugged terrain! Challenging! For very experienced runs only DO NOT do this section alone.


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9.9

Miles

15.9

KM

99%

Runnable

1,001' 305 m

High

861' 262 m

Low

236' 72 m

Up

365' 111 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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The third access point is at Victoria Bridge, which can be reached by summer road along the north loop of the Black River, north and east of Sadowa. Note that this road is closed from March 1 to May 15 each year.

Description

Continued from Ganaraska Trail (Wolf Lake Section).
Km 29.6 Deep Gully. There are a few good tent spots here. For the next six kilometres, there are few good tent spots because of beaver ponds and swamps. This part of the trail goes through an area with no landmarks, so watch the blazes. About 8 kilometres west of Loon Lake, the route meets up with an ATV trail, which it follows until it has crossed a wide watercourse on a beaver dam.
37.2 Turn off the ATV trail, into the forest and follow the south loop of the watercourse for 2 kilometres to Otter Junction. This is the junction with the blue-blazed Montgomery Creek Loop Trail. Follow the white blazes to the right and cross a small stream in a deep ravine.
40.2 Crossing over Montgomery Creek. There is a steep descent to the creek and slippery rocks at the crossing point. Cross the creek and proceed west, paralleling the north loop of Montgomery Creek. If the water level in the creek is too high, return to Otter Junction and proceed via the blue-blazed Montgomery Creek loop trail.
44.9 Victoria Bridge. End of Black River Section. This is very scenic area where the Black River forces its way through some narrow chutes in the rocks.
This is an access point where there is ample parking and a summer road heads 12 kilometres west to Brook's Bridge, which leads to Sadowa, or 26 kilometres to Washago and Hwy. 11. A car shuttle from Victoria Bridge to Devil's Lake Landing, via Sadowa, is 80 kilometres and will likely take 1.5 hours.
Continue to Ganaraska Trail (Graveyard Section).

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