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Ganaraska (Kawarthas Section North)

Intermediate

Some rugged portions near the northern end.


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14.9

Miles

24.1

KM

Point to Point

1,003' 306 m

High

894' 272 m

Low

438' 134 m

Up

434' 132 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Km 53.2 Turn off Victoria Rail Trail (North Corridor) to the left (west) into Victoria County Forest.

54.5 Pinery Rd. Proceed a short distance west along Pinery Rd. and turn north onto a forest road. Watch for pink lady's slippers about 2 kms along, on the right. After about 3 kilometres along the forest road, where the road turns left, the trail goes straight on into the bush. Don't miss this turn.
About 1 kilometre in, there is a nice open area with a log bench, a great lunch spot. There are some interesting, many-limbed pines further along. It is at this point that the granitegneiss rocks of the Precambrian Shield become more visible. This is rugged, rocky terrain with wet, swampy parts in the low-lying areas. Good hiking boots are required.
61.9 Dongola. About 8.5 kilometres east of Norland on County Rd. #45, (formerly Hwy. 503) there is a parking area and also some portable toilets. At this point, the trail turns west along County Rd. #45 for about 1.5 kilometres, then turns right into the forest.
63.4 Follow the trail through the forest for 700 metres until it reaches a forest road. Turn right (north) and follow that road for about 1.6 kilometres. The trail then turns west and goes into the forest again. The trail now continues in rugged terrain. Hiking boots are required. The trail parallels beautiful Corben Lake, locally called Long Lake. Near the north end of Corben Lake, the trail crosses the two outflows from the Goodoar lakes over beaver dams. We now get to the private property of Diane Thomson. After negotiating a series of beaver dams, we enter the private property of Donald and Nona Payne. Eventually we reach:
71.6 Buller Rd. Cross Buller Rd. and go along South Beaver Lake Rd. There is a right turn about 3 kilometres along, (the road also continues straight), don't miss this turn. Continue following the trail along country roads to Moore Falls.
76.7 The Kawartha section ends in Moore Falls, at the small parking area belonging to Bill and Sandy Valentine, just north of Hwy. #35, off county road.
Continued to Ganaraska Trail (Scrabble Mountain Section).

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