Martin, Saturday would probably be best for a day in to visit. But if you want to come Friday we are planning to be at the West gate by 11am...you are more than welcome to join us for the walk in. We don't care if you hang or sleep on the ground if you choose to stay!
It wouldn't do to have you hike all that way in with only some food and beverage in your backpack...
I plan to meet with Jayson and Hankster at the West gate for 11am
I'll be at the west gate for 09:00 on Saturday. I should be at the trailhead by 09:30.
Winter expedition info:
Mizzy Lake Trail is located at km 15.4 of Highway 60. At Arowhon Rd.
Latitude/Longitude: 45.542515°, -78.695621°
West Gate Open
Friday, February 15, 9am – 4pm (& Saturday)
The West Gate features current information, permits, publications and bathroom facilities when entering Algonquin Park through the western end of Highway 60 near Dwight, ON. A wheelchair accessible facility.
Maximum of 9 people per backcountry campsite.
Valid to March 31, 2013
Age 6 - 17 inclusive $5.00*/person/night
Age 18 + $11.75*/person/night
Ontario Senior rates have been discounted by 20%, rates for Ontario persons with disabilities by 50%
The following interpretive trails have ploughed parking lots or parking areas throughout the winter months. (However... another page states: Access to trail head parking lots may vary in winter.) Based on the "Winter in the Wild Festival" going on Saturday, this may effect parking lot plowing.
Algonquin Logging Museum
Bat Lake Trail
Beaver Pond Trail
Big Pines Trail
Centennial Ridges Trail (parking at Highway 60 only)
Hemlock Bluff Trail
Mizzy Lake Trail
Peck Lake Trail (parking at Highway 60 only)
Spruce Bog Boardwalk
Track and Tower Trail
Two Rivers Trail
Whiskey Rapids Trail
("Mew Lake Campground BBQ starting at 3:30pm" Mmmmm....)
Winter in the Wild Festival 2013
Saturday, February 16
Location: Various Locations within Algonquin Park
Join Ontario Parks and The Friends of Algonquin Park, in celebrating winter in Algonquin Park through this family event on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Indoor and outdoor events will be held at various locations throughout the Highway 60 Corridor of the Park.
All of the activities during the festival are free with the purchase of a Daily Vehicle Permit or Camping Permit with the exception of food. Lunch can be purchased at the Visitor Centre which is open 9:00am to 5:00pm. A barbecue dinner may be purchased at Mew Lake Campground starting at 3:30pm.
For complete event details see www.algonquinpark.on.ca…
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Guided Winter Bird Walk - 8:30am to 10:00am - Meet at Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail (km 42.5)
Winter Landscape Photography Tips with Peter Ferguson - 9:00am…
Double-checking my gear and making sure I have everything...
I'll be meeting at the west gate for 11am, hopefully bright-eyed. See you all there on Friday or Saturday!
Have fun guys. I'm looking forward to the trip report and pics. See you in the Spring.
Well the first intrepid trekkers ventured off today leaving the rest of us to prepare to head out tomorrow. Too bad some of those that were going to come ended up cancelling. Maybe next time.
Don't let life get in the way of living.
Anyway, I'm really bummed out that I couldn't make it. I guess my snowshoes will just have to wait a little bit longer. Maybe I'll start refinishing my paddle and dream.
On Saturday afternoon I stopped in on the hangers to meet some of my fellow Ontario hangers, check out their setups, and pick up some tips and tricks. What a welcoming bunch of fellows! It was terrific to see, with my own eyes, the sort of terrain one can camp in using a hammock and I must say I'm looking forward more than even before to the warm weather so I can enjoy some crown land camping in my hammock. One of the biggest difficulties of camping off-trail, outside of parks, etc is the lack of suitable tent sites.
My thanks to all the fine hammockers who took the time to answer a lot of newbie questions and show me their setups. I wish I could have stuck around longer before I had to head for home. I hope to be able to join you all for your next group hang.
I took a few pics, but will hold off on posting them here until the hammockers are back home, in case there are objections.
Thanks again gents!
No one has ever been heard to say on a deathbed, "I wish I'd put in more time at the office."