Madawaska

131 Crestview Dr., Calabogie
Posted on February 27, 2021 / 255
Madawaska
Listing Type : Cross Country Ski / Snowshoe
Note : New Review
X-Ski km : 18+
Skate km : none
Snowshoe km : 6
Skill Level : Easy, Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : small hills, large hills, gentle hills, flat sections
Facilities : parking, lodging near, food close by, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained, track set
Trail Fee : Yes

Length –  18 km

Cross Country track set   –  18+ km
Skate Skiing  groomed  –  none
Snowshoe  trail –   ~ 6 km 

Skill – All levels

Terrain –  Gentle slopes for most of the way, ridge, forest setting, fallen trees (not on the paths) from tornado damage 

Hours –  daylight 

Fee – $5 per person or $20 for a season pass, pay at dropbox

Trail Map – Map board with signage on trails

Facilities –  Parking, area not patrolled pack what you need, lodging and meals at ski hill or in Calabogie.

Highlights – Scenic, wilderness, solitude, extra backcountry trekking routes beyond west loops

Phone – 613 752 222

Website –   Township of Madawaska,  Facebook page

Current Conditions – groomed   Facebook page

Similar Trails –  Opeongo Hills,  Moosewoods,  Northhumberland

Local Clubs – none 

Access – West of the town of Calabogie near the Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort. Turn onto Viewmount Dr. from Calabogie Rd. hwy 58 and take the second right onto Crestview Dr. where you will find parking at the trailhead.

Fatbikes are cool, but no dogs on tracks.

For a day of rustic solitude visit the 18 km of winter trails at Madawaska. Both Nordic skiers and Snowshoers can relish in the fresh air and beauty of these forest paths.

Situated outside the town of Calabogie, 95 km west of Ottawa, it sits on the western edge of the Ottawa Valley. This network of trails consists mainly of old logging roads and a few smaller paths. 

Just across the way from the well known ski hills of Calabogie Peaks, you might think you are in for some major climbs. Well, this trail area is not quite yet into giant hill country. 

There is a gentle 1 km slope up the Red Pine route from the trailhead to get to the ridge. Here it intersects at the snowmobile “Crossroads” and the start of the easy 3 km Snow Bunting Loop. Likely a favourite as it may offer you views of the valley below through the trees.

Continuing further on the Red Pine, you will soon meet up with the easy  3 km Footloose Loop that takes you down to the river and back. Or instead stay on the Red Pine, for about a 7 km return trek. 

On this route is also a short but challenging side trail. The 2 km Hemlock Loop, rated as difficult and it appears to have a valley to cross.

Snowshoers have two access points to get started off Crestview Dr.  The small Lower Singletrack loop takes one around briefly if you do not want to wander off too far. Note you share these paths with Fatbikes.

More adventurous types will want to head up the steep slope to the Ridgeline trail for some views of the valley. Were as others can take a leisurely stomp along the Chickadee to Watson’s Way. This all makes for about 6 km of mainly separate Snowshoe paths to explore. And is again a guesstimation of the length as I look at the map. 

With help from the township, these trails are groomed by volunteers for classic skiing only. Please leave a small sum for the crew to pay for gas and grooming.

There is no formal club that runs this location, just like-minded skiers with a Facebook page.

The Madawaska Nordic Network is north enough to get an ample yearly snowfall for a longer decent ski season. 

For more back-country routes beyond this area, read about the Great Western 37 km trail project. This is a true wilderness area, pack what you need, start early.

Lodging and meals can be had locally in this winter resort town. Perhaps spend the next day also trying a few downhill runs for a thrill. Zoooom…

 

And that is all I know till I have an opportunity (after Covid passes) to enjoy these trails myself. Please share any comments if you have been here. It looks inviting.

Opening Hours
  • Monday :No set hours
  • Tuesday :No set hours
  • Wednesday :No set hours
  • Thursday :No set hours
  • Friday :No set hours
  • Saturday :No set hours
  • Sunday :No set hours
Madawaska ski trail map

Madawaska ski trail map

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