Long-weekend-hiking-extravaganza Part 1: Blue Mountain Trail, Charleston Lake PP

Daily Stats

Distance hiked: 9.5 km // 6 mi

Steps taken: 13,563

Time on the trail: ~3 hours

Calories burned: 1,095

Fuel consumed: two medium tortillas w/ peanut butter, 1 apple, 2 melted cheese strings, 5 melted oreos

Wildlife spotted: too many mosquitoes and chipmunks to count, 2 black flies, one frog, one garter snake, a handful of turkey vultures circling the peak; heard three woodpeckers and calls from some yellow warblers (tweet-tweet-alittletoosweet) and ovenbirds (teacher-teacher-teacher!)

This May long weekend, I decided to try out a new trail each day. My first excursion took me into Charleston Lake Provincial Park, along the Blue Mountain trail. This trail can be accessed by road at the intersection of Blue Mountain Rd. and Warburton Rd. in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, ON. It can also be accessed by water via Huckleberry Hollow in Charleston Lake PP, which would be a whole other adventure. The nice part about the road access is that you can park and enter the trail system without paying any fees.

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