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Manitoulin Island Dayhike

July 25, 2010

Dave and I took a day trip to Manitoulin Island today to try out some new hiking trails (and do some badly needed Kilimanjaro training). First we stopped off at Bridal Veil Falls in Kagawong. The falls are about 10 metres high and the water flows off a limestone shelf into the little river below.  There are a few short trails (~1-2 km) beyond the falls and we decided we would hop along the rocks in the river until we grew tired and continued with the easy ‘blue trail.’ The plan was to complete the circle with a combination of the yellow ‘steep’ trail and the “adventure” trail. So it turns out that a marker was down on the adventure trail so we unexpectedly ended up going the wrong way and after crossing a field of wildflowers came across someone’s backyard. Luckily no one was home with a shotgun… Retracing our steps and making fun of Dave for his navigational failure we eventually bushwacked until we got to the river and back on the blue trail.

After lunch we hiked the Cup and Saucer Trail which runs along part of the Niagara Escarpment. There are some steep sections, 80-100 feet or so but at the top it is relatively level again. The complete trail here is 12 km but there are shorter versions of the trails as well. In addition to the complete loop we also did the optional “adventure trail.” This time though the adventure wasn’t just a poorly marked trail it was complete with rickety wooden ladders, climbing over boulders, going up and down steep sections and then towards the end you get to a cave. By the time we reached the cave there was a family already entering. Not to be outdone by ten-year olds we climbed down the ‘ladder’ and then slid down the rock grasping onto a makeshift railing. Once in the ‘cave’ was very dark so it was hard to find any footing. It was also very narrow and I was regretting bring my backpack down with me and I ended up having to contort myself in all sorts of awkward positions to make it though. The kids seemed to be annoyed that we were being so cautious; they had already been through 3 times already! The rest of the hike was less adventurous but views were great!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2010 5:01 pm

    Sounds like a great adventure! The scenery looks great.

  2. July 30, 2010 6:16 am

    Hey, you planning to do Kilamanjaro? I’m planning (hoping) to do it too! But I haven’t planned anything really, yet.

    Good luck! Don’t forget to take some Diamox with you- don’t want altitude sickness to ruin your goal =)

    • July 30, 2010 3:01 pm

      I got my antimalarial and altitude sickness medications last week. There seems to be some disagreement within the medical community about the use of Diamox. My doctor recommended to only take it if I got into trouble. Hopefully I won’t need it!

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