четверг, 22 сентября 2016 г.

We woke to this scene

We woke to this scene

We woke to this scene

It looks so beautiful. Your pictures are stunning. And all those blueberry bushes – I can’t believe the bears left some for you!

@Cindy It was an amazing day on the trail – no bugs, sunshine.. We stuffed our faces with blueberries and often the bushes would conveniently be at waist height as we went up the rocks. I’m sure the bears are on a circuit and hadn’t missed the fact that these were great patches.

“Dogs in my experience aren’t fond of see through metal bridges.” I remember once doing an easy walk in Whitehorse many years ago where every time we got to a bridge we had to carry the dogs across! Dogs and bridges are not a good match.

@Sharlene My dog at home hates bridges like the one in the photo. And it was an outstanding hike – hard but so worth it.

It is such a great feeling getting to the end during a grueling hike like this. I can feel your pain and the euphoria when you saw the bridge. I have felt that many times.

@Ted I wasn’t really worried about the bears on this trip especially as they don’t see a lot of humans. And you’re so right that all those blueberries keep them happy and well fed.

I was such a happy camper when I saw that bridge and even happier 5 minutes later when we officially rolled into camp.

I sure would, Leigh! Love the variety in the landscape, and all the color. That was a long hike, I could feel your relief on seeing that bridge. Even the dog was pooped!

@Marcia That was a long day and by then all we wanted was our packs and boots off. It was a giddy feeling seeing that bridge.

Great photos, Leigh. I love how diverse the terrain is in this park. Yet another reason why I need to get out to Eastern Canada one day.

@Dustin On our boat ride out the captain had said everyday would be completely different and he was right. That was the great thing about this hike.

Of course I would love to go hiking there. The scenery is just breath-taking. I would be a little bit scared of crossing this bridge :) looks unstable :)

@Agness That bridge was bomb proof – even if it did sway a bit. It’s a gorgeous hike from start to finish.

Great photos…

Thanks Muza-chan.

My wife and I have been anxiously for each of your daily posts and now especially the last day. We hiked from the park to the White river suspension bridge and back the first week of September. It was a big hike for us and we really felt it the next day. It is amazing how much the scenery changes in the different areas. We were very thankful for the nice walk through the pines by the bridge. Thanks for posting all the great pictures.

@Doug I’m working on the last day’s post now and as I look through my photos I really marvel at the diversity of the trail. It is a remarkable spot – and I thank you for stopping by to check out the posts.

Nice shot you have here. I love all your shots especially the blueberry bushes.

@Abby the blueberries were especially good to eat!

What a beautiful hike! I’d love to visit and hike the trail one day, though I think I need to begin with something less ambitious. Love that the dog was able to accompany you. He sure looks comfy in that tent.

@Tonya The whole hike is definitely an undertaking but there are easy and truly beautiful walks that can be done in a few hours that still give you a great sense of how wild Lake Superior can be.

Hi Leigh:

If your readers are interested in doing the Pukaskwa Coastal trail as part of a guided hike we’ve one scheduled for August 9 – 16. More info at: http://www.naturallysuperior.com/workshops-and-events/hikes/pukaskwa-coastal-hike.html or call us at 1-800-203-9092

Regards, David

@David – Happy to share that info especially as I think it’s one of the best trails I’ve ever backpacked. You will be listed in my book as a tour company for this trip as well.

Thank you for sharing this great post. I really enjoyed reading it; it’s very informative. keep up the great work!

Gorgeous pics and dog. Looks like a stunning hike.

@Tracey It was an outstanding – and at times challenging five days of backpacking – one of the best I’ve done in Canada.

I had to Google to know where Pukaskwa NP is, but after seeing these pics… of course I’d love to hike there. It looks absolutely gorgeous!

My fiancé and I were looking for a few day hike with our pup and I have see you hiking with yours! Where is the start of the trail at this park? How far did you go. The areas look quite cool. Would you know of other places we can hike with our dog over night I was looking more for a mountain hike but if we need to settle for a costal hike I would be okay with that.

@Samantha The trail starts near the campground. You won’t find mountains per se along the shores of Lake Superior. What you could do is and out and back hike and stay at Hattie Cove and return the next day. It’s very pretty.

Wow! I love this blog! The pictures are amazing. My boyfriend and I are taking our dog (a Newfie) backpacking in Lake Superior Provincial Park next week for four days. We’re hoping to do Pukaskwa at some point, but we’re working up to that as this will be our first backpacking experience. I was wondering if you have any advice for backpacking with a dog? Thank you :)

@Ashley My friend’s dog carried a pack but it wasn’t too heavy. I bring a collapsible bowl with me – for water & food. On this trail expect even an in-shape dog to be very tired at day’s end. Don’t forget the treats.

If you’ve been following my adventures hiking in Pukaskwa National Park you would know that it had been a tough hike so far on the Coastal Trail.

Fortunately on the fourth day we were able to make some serious progress.

Our plan for this day was to hike from Oiseau Bay to Willow River, a distance of 14.1 kilometers. We got started at 9 am but didn’t roll into camp until 6:40 pm. Still we were thrilled to have made it.

The trail was a delightful mix of woods and shoreline. The highlight had to be the section leading towards Fish Harbour that takes you through a cleft in the rocks and deposits you on the Lake Superior shoreline. Here you have to scale a small cliff – which for us was no problem but it required a big lift up for the dog.

We woke to this scene The scene looking south Into the woods right off the bat We repeatedly came across scenes like this along the length of the trail

The next two photos show off the superb scenery on our way to Fish Harbour – just after we had scaled a small cliff.

Classic Lake Superior shoreline Our lunch spot beside these ponds

After lunch it was more woods walking until we reached Morrison Harbour. We had made reservations to stay at Morrison Harbour – for the night before but in hindsight I’m glad we didn’t end up camping here. It’s smack dab in the middle of bear country – and the one area where you are warned at the orientation session to be on the lookout for bears. We had seen countless piles of bear scat before arriving at Morrison Harbour. I have never seen blueberries in such abundance as I did through here so it makes perfect sense that the bears love the area.

Holy AMAZING blueberry bushes We never saw any bears but we sure saw a lot of bear scat in this area With blueberry bushes like this it’s no wonder there was so much bear scat around We all ate several cups worth of wild blueberries And one last blueberry bush shot

The woods were often filled with moss like the one below; they were thick and dark too.

Even at midday it’s dark in these woods A carpet of reindeer moss and red berries Scenic section of coast near Morrison Harbour Shot Watch Cove The view near Shot Watch Cove More fun and games on these boulders ; we’re off trail as we couldn’t find the trail out of Shot Watch Cove but could see cairns leading into the woods in the distance We startled this spruce grouse and she flew into the trees We only saw a few maple trees and what glorious colour Hiking across an ancient lake bed

By late in the afternoon we were all bagged and starting to wonder when the bloody trail would ever come to an end. It seemed we were on a never ending obstacle course – lichen covered, ankle twisting lake bottom rocks, beaver dams, cobbles, slippery rocks along the shore – even rotting logs.

But the beauty of the place made up for it all. Really it did.

More rugged Lake Superior shoreline The trail takes you over a beaver dam My friend Ted and his dog near the end of day four

The last section of trail was a few kilometers of easy walking through the woods. Somehow I had missed the sign and trail that offers you an option to hike a longer coastal route en route to the Willow Creek campground. So when we came to a trail intersection and I relayed where I thought we were to my friends, I instantly felt their spirits sag. Another kilometer and a half to go is what we thought – and it was 6:30 pm already.

In just a few minutes I realized I was wrong. I’d been thinking we might be further ahead than we were – just because of the length of time that had elapsed and the sense that something wasn’t fitting with the map. When I saw the Willow River suspension bridge I almost collapsed to the ground to give thanks. From there it was an easy five minute walk to the Willow River campsite – probably the prettiest one we stayed at on the whole trail.

The suspension bridge across the Willow River Dogs in my experience aren’t fond of see through metal bridges The dog was asleep within minutes of the tent being set up

We had our tents up in record time – and quickly threw on layers of warm clothes as it couldn’t have been more than 3 or 4 C by the time the sun went down. But with a fire going, and another good meal we ended the day feeling pretty darned pleased with ourselves.

Amazing skies at our Willow Creek campsite Big drama at around 7 pm Incredible sunset that changed by the minute One last sunset shot

Would you consider hiking the Coastal Trail after seeing these photos?

Other posts related to this trip you might enjoy:

Original article and pictures take http://www.hikebiketravel.com/27878/day-hiking-coastal-trail-pukaskwa-national-park/ site

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