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Snowshoeing The Western Uplands Trail
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Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Snowshoeing The Western Uplands Trail on 02/06/2011 13:01:52 MST Print View

I did a fun 3 day snowshoe trip last week and thought I would share it with you guys. The Western Uplands Trail is located about 2.5 hours north of me in Algonquin Provincial Park. It is quite busy in the summertime but not too many hike it in the winter. I planned for 4 days but ended up making good time (but still hard work!) on the last day and got out in 3 days. It was my first winter trip this year so it was nice to get out.

Trip Report

Video

Gearlist

Enjoy!

Edited by Steve_Evans on 02/06/2011 14:04:58 MST.

Matthew Marasco
(BabyMatty) - F

Locale: Western/Central PA, Adirondacks
re: on 02/06/2011 13:56:18 MST Print View

Awesome report, I really enjoy that kind of scenery. I hope to make it up to Algonquin soon myself. Do you paddle as well?

John Whynot
(jdw01776)

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: Snowshoeing The Western Uplands Trail on 02/06/2011 14:06:48 MST Print View

I enjoyed the trip report and especially the video. Real winter backpacking is something I miss...

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Snowshoeing The Western Uplands Trail on 02/06/2011 14:21:02 MST Print View

Mathew, I paddle a couple times a year, but for the most part I hike. I used to go on at least one big canoe trip with my Dad every year and I only started hiking when I was old enough to go on my own. Now I take my girlfriend on the canoe trips when I can. She likes it better than hiking because she sits up front and suntans while I do all the work :)

John,
Thanks. Winter is good fun up here. No crowds!

Philip Delvoie
(PhilipD) - MLife

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Snowshoeing The Western Uplands Trail on 02/06/2011 14:55:40 MST Print View

Great report Steven. I have not been up that way in the winter. Definitely on my to do list.

Ted Rosen
(trosen8231)
one day later on 02/06/2011 16:22:20 MST Print View

Excellent report, photos and video. I started the exact route one day following your departure, although I was experimenting with a pulk I had constructed. The trough you created was a bonus, but still fresh snow made dragging the pulk very challenging. I've done this route with snowshoes and a pack in 3 days like you, but in generally better snow conditions. Next time I'll leave the pulk at home.

Congrats on a successful trip,

Ted

Matthew Marasco
(BabyMatty) - F

Locale: Western/Central PA, Adirondacks
re: on 02/06/2011 18:16:14 MST Print View

From the TRs and other pics I have seen of Algonquin, it seems very similar in terms of scenery and wildlife to the western Adirondacks, where I do lots of my hiking and paddling. It really looks like a paddler's paradise!

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Snowshoeing The Western Uplands Trail on 02/07/2011 21:12:54 MST Print View

Philip,
Its a fun trail in the winter. It was tough for me, but I admit, I've spent alot of time sitting at my desk this winter and really struggled on the 2nd day. :)

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: one day later on 02/07/2011 21:14:38 MST Print View

Ted,
The day after I finished the trail or the day after I started? Would have been great t o have some company at night. It was pitch black by 6:30 or so and I didn't have much to do but sit in my tent.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: re: on 02/07/2011 21:15:46 MST Print View

Matthew,
Sadly I have yet to hike in the 'Dacks but it is definitely on my list. Up here we have TONS of interconnecting lakes and it really is a paddlers dream.

Ted Rosen
(trosen8231)
Re: Re: one day later on 02/08/2011 07:27:39 MST Print View

Steve,
I started the morning following your departure and just after the snow storm in Toronto, so I did have the "pleasure" of breaking trail in fresh snow. It would have been good to meet you on the trail if our schedules had overlapped. I plan to do another trip before winter is over.

Ted

Caleb Boyle
(calebB)
Re on 02/08/2011 17:28:14 MST Print View

Hi Steve,

I enjoyed the report and especially the photos. I was going to say that on your adventure page, you have the date listed as Feb 2010. Did you mean Feb 2011?

Caleb

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: one day later on 02/08/2011 19:24:09 MST Print View

Ted,
We just missed each other. I got my gear ready on Monday morning so that was the reason for my late departure. I was actually thinking of leaving Tuesday if I didn't get ready in time. You probably saw my little suzuki swift sitting at the trailhead. That fresh snow was good fun, but killer on the thighs!

Caleb,
Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the heads up, definitely a oopsie on my part. Fixed it now to read 2011. I'm famous for website mistakes (just look at the spelling errors) as I'm usually in a rush to get the pages updated, but I think it adds character. ;)