Frontenac Provincial Park
October 31st - November 1st, 2010
36 kms (22 miles)
This was a quick 2 day/1 night trip at the end of October in Frontenac Provincial Park here in Ontario, Canada. We covered about 36 km (22 miles) over the two days. My base weight was right at 10 pounds for this trip.
It snowed off an on for a good part of the Sunday, however with temperatures hovering right at freezing we had no accumulation. Monday was absolutely beautiful with the skies clearing through the day.
I was playing with some new kit on this trip and put the BPL UL240 Quilt to use. I was definitely pleased with its performance on this trip. I will post a quick mini review with my impressions of the quilt in a separate post.
At the trail head
This is one of the first lakes we came across.
The landscape was opening up.
Rock is definitely becoming the prominent feature in the south eastern part of the park. Small beaver lodge in the bottom center of the photo.
Heading that way.
My buddy Earl up ahead, carrying a more traditional weight.
A few small cairns lead the way through some of the less obvious sections.
A damp lunch time view.
"Are you sure this is the trail?"
Looking down the lake.
Beautiful view out over the park.
Definitely appreciated the night time fire with temps below falling below freezing.
Above our campsite the following morning looking out over the lake.
Looking back toward the campsite.
The weather steadily improved through the day.
This part of the park was logged and mined in the late 1800's and early part of the 1900's. Many of the
trails in this section of the park are based on the old logging and mining roads. This old girl didn't make it back out.
Heading off trail we came across this sign.
Entrance to an old Mica mine. Closed down sometime in the early 1900's.
Old boiler above the mine. Would have been used to drive the winches to lift equipment and rock in and out of the mine.
Mica flakes near the entrance.
One of the last bits of color in the park this time of year.
Watching us closely as we leave the park.
Another great trip and already trying to figure out what the next one will be.