THE SOUTHERNER – 67 kms
3 to 3.5 hours plus time for a meal stop
Difficulty Level – EASY
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Fuel up in Gravenhurst before you leave! Currently the most convenient gas is at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar on the main street of Gravenhurst. Once you’re out on the route, the nearest gas is at Summerland General Store, (ethanol-free regular) about 4 kms out of the way of this route. (See map)
Convenient starting points, where you can park and unload your sleds, include Gravenhurst Municipal Lots at Gull Lake Park in Uptown Gravenhurst, and at the Muskoka Wharf beside the Residence Inn Marriott down at Lake Muskoka.
THIS DESCRIPTION ASSUMES YOU WISH TO TAKE A COUNTER CLOCKWISE ROUTE. YOU MAY WISH TO TRAVEL IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, AND STOP AT SILVER PINES NEARER THE END OF YOUR TRIP RATHER THAN NEARER THE BEGINNING.
Follow trail C101D west out of Gravenhurst to meet with Trail 15.
You will follow scenic Trail 15 for a total of approximately 20 kms heading south, with lake crossings of North and South Muldrew, Maclean’s Bay, and Sparrow Lake. (This trail is not available until the lake crossings are staked.) There are hills, forested areas and rock faces. As you arrive at the main part of Sparrow Lake you will see Silver Pines Resort, where you can take a pit stop to enjoy a good meal. Continuing south you will cross the main part of Sparrow Lake, and a few minutes after returning to land you will arrive at the junction of Trail 4.
Turn left to go east on Trail 4. After nearly 7 kms you will travel under Hwy 11 at the Severn River (part of the Trent Severn Waterway) and begin your journey back north towards Gravenhurst. The trail north for about 12 kms is a little slower and narrow in some parts, and is groomable only by the smaller machines. You will reach the south end of Kahshe Lake, near Grant Bay, then follow the lake portion of Trail 4 for about 3 or 4 kms, until the stake line intersects with the stake line of Trail D. If you choose to proceed directly to Gravenhurst, turn left and follow D Trail off the lake and into the rocky forest. (Or, if you’re looking for nearby regular ethanol free gas, or hot food, turn right and follow Trail D/B to the end of the lake, plus a kilometer or so, to visit Summerland General Store.)
If you’ve decided to go directly to Gravenhurst, from the on-lake intersection of 4 and D, turn left and follow Trail D north. You will leave Kahshe Lake after about a kilometer, then the next 18 kms or so of D Trail consists mainly of hills and forested areas, until you eventually cross over Highway 11 on our unique snowmobile bridge on the outskirts of Gravenhurst. Five minutes later Trail D meets C101D, and you turn left to return to your starting point in Gravenhurst.