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Crystal Creek System

Crystal Creek

5km Skate/Classic

Closed

This is a challenging 5 km trail suited for the more advanced skier. The trail is full of exciting twists and turns with plenty of ups and downs.  This trail is rated BLACK. (Advanced)

Hiawatha Extension

2.5km Skate/Classic

Closed

The trail branches off the Crystal Creek Trail around the 1km point. The trail has lots of hills and curves, sharp turns, big climbs and fast descents. It rejoins the Crystal Creek Trail after a big uphill climb just past the 1km point. This trail is rated BLACK. (Advanced) 

Inner Loop Extension

2km Skate/Classic

Closed

This 2 km trail branches off the and rejoins the Crystal Creek Trail around the 1.5 km point. The level terrain allows for a fast pace on this loop. There are small rolling hills surrounded by beautiful scenery. This trail is rated BLUE. (Intermediate)

Kinsmen Lighted

2km Skate/Double Classic

Closed

All the trails on the Crystal Creek Trail System start on this trail. A gentle loop with gradual up hills and down hills. The simple turns and hills makes for an easy beginner trail or a great cool down after a long day’s ski. This trail is lit for evening skiing. The lights are on (when there is snow) every day from dusk to 10:00 pm. This trail is rated GREEN. (Easy)

Mabel Lake Extension

10km Backcountry Classic

Closed

This extension branches off the Crystal Creek Trail just after crossing the Crystal Creek around the 3km point. A single classic track is groomed when conditions allow *(typically beginning mid January). The Mabel Flats loop is the first 6 km loop to the creek bridge and is rated GREEN (Easy) and the Mabel Hills loop is the final 4km loop to the lake and is rated BLACK. (Advanced)

Olympic Extension

2.5km Skate/Classic

Closed

The trail branches off the and rejoins the Crystal Creek Trail around the 2.5 km point. A challenging trail with an enjoyable balance of flats and hills. This trail is rated BLUE.

Pinder System

Pinder

4km Skate/Double Classic

Closed

The Pinder Trail follows gentle terrain with no hills. It is a good trail for beginners and experienced skiers who wish to concentrate on technique. The trail then passes through a large section of maple sugar bush. This trail is rated GREEN. (Easy) 

White Pine Extension

2km Skate/Classic

Closed

This trail is an easy loop set within the borders of the main Pinder Trail. This extension leaves the Pinder Trail around the 1km point and rejoins it at in intersection with the Mockingbird Hill Extension. This trail is rated GREEN. (Easy)

Mockingbird Hill Extension

2km Skate/Classic

Closed

This trail passes through a section of a the Mockingbird Pioneer and Christmas Tree Farm. One main hill on the trail loops around a lone maple tree. The extension leaves the Pinder Trail around the 1km point and rejoins in the same vicinity. This trail is rated BLUE. (Intermediate)

Sugar Bush Extension

2km Skate/Classic

Closed

A gentle loop with a quick descent at the beginning and a gently uphill climb at the exit. The combination of hardwood and pine trees adds to the beauty of the trail. All levels of skiers will enjoy this trail. The extension leaves and rejoins the Pinder Trail around the 3 km point. This trail is rated BLUE. (Intermediate)

Red Pine System

Red Pine

5km Skate/Classic

Closed

Warm up on the first few kilometers of easy terrain passing through a magical forest of red pine trees before the trail becomes more challenging with sweeping downhills and numerous short climbs and turns. Finish the trail passing some gnarly old pine trees on the home stretch. Some of the Pines found in this area are over 200 years old. This trail is rated BLACK. (Advanced)

Fish Hatchery Extension

5km Skate/Classic

Closed

This trail leaves the Red Pine Trail at about the 2.5km point and is recommended for those looking for speed. The two big downhills of the Screamer and the Double Screamer will get your adrenaline flowing before heading south toward the Coldwater Creek Extension and looping back up to join onto the Red Pine Trail to return to the trail-head. This trail is rated BLACK. (Advanced)

Coldwater Creek Extension

2.5km Skate/Classic

Closed

This trail has some good climbs and steep descents that will require some quick maneuvering. It passes over the Coldwater Creek bridge and returns the skier to the Red Pine Trail and then back to the trail head. This extension offers access to Fourth Line Road where skiers can cross to access the Wishart Park Extension. This trail is rated BLACK. (Advanced)

Wishart Park Extension

1.5km Skate/Classic

Closed

This trail has some good hills, and rolling terrain that wind through Wishart Park. This trail can be accessed on the south side of Fourth Line via the Coldwater Creek Trail. This trail is rated BLACK. (Advanced)

Helpful Information

Hiawatha Highlands in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is a wonderful destination for the public in the Spring, Summer, and Fall; however, in the Winter, Hiawatha Highlands is covered under land use agreements for the use of trail pass holders only. Please respect these restrictions. The trails are rented for paying cross country ski, snowshoe and fat bike customers from November to April, and fees collected from these customers are used to help maintain the trail systems throughout the year. In the winter, foot traffic and dog tracks damage the groomed trails and can cause serious injuries to customers of all ages and abilities, including the elderly, recreational skiers and elite athletes.

Walking

During the Winter season, walkers are required to use alternate trails such as the ones at the end of Connor Road just past the Algoma Rod and Gun club just past the yellow gate. More suggestions would be the walking trails in the bush following the creek bed in the Wishart Park on Fourth Line.

Thank you for not trespassing and damaging the trails this winter at Hiawatha Highlands.

Hiawatha Grooming Report

April 7th, 2019

Mild conditions with rain this morning temps of 5 C . We will not be grooming anything today conditions on trails are poor with ice showing on low lying portions of trail.

April 6th, 2019

Pinder system complete and the Kinsmen 2km were groomed this morning with mild conditions forecast for today ! Enjoy the weekend all outdoor enthusiasts !!

April 5th, 2019

Freshened up the Pinder system so far, heading over to the Crystal Creek now! Possibility of rain later in the day so enjoy while you can!

Swix Wax Temperature Chart

Wax ColourTemp ° CTemp ° F
Polar (NEW)-12/-2510/-13
Polar (OLD)-15/-305/-22
Green (NEW)-8/-1517/5
Green (OLD)-10/-1814/-0
Blue (NEW)-6/-921/15
Blue (OLD)-9/-1215/10
Blue Extra (NEW)-1/-730/19
Blue Extra (OLD)-3/-1026/14
Red Silver (NEW)3/037/30
Red Silver (OLD)1/-133/30
Klister+10/-350/26

Snowfall

Last 24 HrsTrail Base DepthTotal Snowfall
Rain30 cm399cm
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