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Blue to Alpine: Winter Loop

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A 10 km loop with multiple climbs up the escarpment.


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6.3

Miles

10.2

KM

Point to Point

1,490' 454 m

High

755' 230 m

Low

1,235' 376 m

Up

1,200' 366 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Leashed

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This is a winter-only route. Stay on marked snowshoe trails in winter. This trail is for winter use only when snow covered.

Overview

This is a great combination of trails to create a loop with lookouts and terrain variations using snowshoe trails that are not maintained as hiking trails and get overgrown with poison ivy in the summer.

Description

Park in the Toronto Ski Club or Alpine Ski Club parking lots depending on whether you want to start the hike with a flat, street hike or end the hike with the flat street hike. The route as it is mapped here is shown parking at Alpine and starting with the flat street hike.

Climb the escarpment on the South Ascent Trail, a steep hike that goes pretty much directly from base to top of the escarpment in a single push. Hike across the top on the relatively flat Bruce Trail to reach the rest of the Alpine snowshoe trails. Connect with The Switchback to take a gentler hike down, and at the ski run, take Lovers Loop back up the escarpment. This is, again, a steeper, direct hike back up.

From here you can use Enchanted Forest to connect to Robins Run and finally the River Route to weave a route back to the base.

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Nicholas Keast

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View of Georgian Bay from top of Escarpment
Mar 13, 2019 near Colling…, ON

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