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Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult (Terrain/Hills/Navigation).
Setting: Acadian Forest, Granite Outcrops, Lake.
2-3 hour return trip.
Connects to other trails in the Kearney Lake Trail system.
Spectacular landscapes and scenery throughout.
Fox Lake Trail, Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness
Fox Lake trail is part of the Kearney Lake trail system. To get to the lookoff spot and back to Collins Road is 2.9km or about 2 hours (allowing for plenty of time to take things in). You could also opt to enter at the main parking area by Maskwa Aquatic Club, via the Kearney Lake Trail and Charlie’s Lake Trail which adds another 2-3km to the round trip, and requires more navigating (but well worth it if you want to spend more time hiking).
Occasional spray paint markings and signs on trees ensure you are on the right path. Getting off track can be fairly easy if you aren’t paying attention, especially in full foliage. If it’s your first visit, going in early Spring or late Fall is a great time to go because the lack of foliage makes the path easier to see.
An elevation gain of 84m on the rocky uneven terrain ensures a good hill climbing workout for your core and guaranteed thigh and butt burn. Periodic stone steps and footbridges make the hill-climbing even more enjoyable. The trail is quite dry for the most part, but good footwear with ankle support is a must.
There are lots of great spots to stop and enjoy the view. “Coyote Bog” “John’s Lunch” and the “Fox Lake Lookoff” are marked by signs. Continuing down to the lake, you’ll have more delightful scenery and good access to the water. I always pack my pouch couch for this trail to indulge myself in the views.
For pure, authentic nature, it is very tough to beat the views you’ll encounter on this trail. It’s rare to find un-scathed forest with #old-growth trees in an urban area like this. With its abundant biodiversity, it’s an excellent place for photography. You don’t need to be a professional to come away with shots that are sure to stand out on any social media feed.
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Future Wilderness Park
Plans spearheaded by volunteer organizations including the newly formed “Friends Of Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes” will hopefully turn this trail system into a world-class outdoor recreation area in the near future. Creating North America’s largest urban wilderness park in the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area has long been a goal, that is now rapidly gaining steam (add your support).
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