My second trip to the Kawartha Lakes area this month thankfully didn’t end up in such a shit show. Long Sault Conservation Area is on a maintained road, right up in to its parking lot. This seems like a pretty hopping place, as there were quite a few cars in the lot when we got there and more arriving when we were leaving.
Thankfully it wasn’t as cold this weekend, so we were able to enjoy our time (and maintain feeling in our fingers).
From the beginning of this adventure, it was obvious the trails were going to be varying in their winterness. The trailhead area is rather clear, but as soon as we hit the first trail.. it’s still snow covered.
Now, I don’t mind hiking in the snow. It’s actually quite nice with the added workout. But I don’t enjoy when the trail can’t decide whether it wants to be winter or spring. You can’t have both.
We took the usual circuit along the outer perimeter, starting with Cottontail Rabbit, and moving to White-tailed Deer. The Oak Ridges Trail also runs through Long Sault Conservation Area. You can continue your hike from either end.
We didn’t, looping around White-tailed deer, back to Cottontail Rabbit. Onwards, we marched through snow, and sometimes not snow, towards Barred Owl. And this is where things got fun.
The trails on the west side of Long Sault were not snow covered. They were sheer ice. This significantly slowed our progress. But I did have some fun sliding about.
This section along Wild Turkey was the only one with a steep warning. I would argue it was not the steepest area. Luckily we were headed down this hill of ice. We were also headed down the area that I would call the steepest, which is at the end of Wild Turkey, where it meets the connecting trail.
Extremely fun to slide down. Couldn’t take a picture, because sliding.
352m elevation gain