Day 35: Reed’s Dump - Mountain Trout, 894 km completed

We’re a couple days late with the next few posts because we were out of cell service, so don’t worry! We’re all alive and well and haven’t encountered any bears. 

This morning we woke up to huge gusts of wind at sunrise. Storms coming off the bay had blown all the warmth out of our tent, but we were rewarded with beautiful views of the lake as the sun shone down on Lion’s Head to the east. We said goodbye to some other hikers we met the night before (going the opposite direction), and set off for Mountain Trout camp. 

Despite some rain throughout the day, we had a great time on the trail as it wound over the edge of the escarpment. From up high, you can see the bright blues of water on the beach fade into deeper navy colours further out in the bay. The route got much rockier here, and in places we had to scramble with hands and feet near the edge of the cliff faces. 

By the end of the day, after sections that were almost entirely rock (sometimes I wonder if the trail blazers just saw the most jagged piles of rocks and announced “wow, this is the perfect place for a footpath!”), our knees and ankles were both getting pretty sore from all the balance work they had to manage. When we set up camp for the night, we managed to eat almost a full bag of marshmallows between us as a reward for our hard work. 

Friday Facts: Blue Waters in Georgian Bay

The beaches around Georgian Bay are known for having a bright turquoise colour around the beaches, which you can see especially well in the photos below. That’s because the rocks on the beach are all white limestone. They leach off a small amount of limestone into the water, but most importantly the shallow white beaches reflect light from underneath the water, dramatically changing the colour near the shore.

Happy trails,

Chris