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Cabins – All Cabins Open
A small authentic cabin with a large communal fire pit. The fire pit is great for warming up beside and there is a small stock of wood there. Use wood sparingly as it is cut and stocked by volunteers. It’s not always as “dry” as one would like so it is helpful to carry fire starters or paper. There is also an out house on site.
A larger modern cabin in a large meadow on the hill top, this cabin can hold ten or twelve people easily and contains a wood stove. This cabin also has a large exterior fire pit and a wood storage. This cabin sees a lot of use and for this reason often needs to have it’s wood replenished. Again use wood sparingly. The cabin does have basic supplies. There is also an out house on site. Cell reception is faint but present in this location. Best reception is near the cabin’s west window.
Harold’s Hut (NEW in 2016!)
Harold’s Hut (previously Goose Main) is the newest cabin added in Dec 2015 and named after one of our long time and hard working club member and previous president Harold. It is on the trail 35km from Eagle Cabin and is about half way between Fox and Swan Hills. It is a large cabin complete with loft and stove. I can hold a large number of visitors at one time although it takes a bit to warm up. The site is stocked with wood and axe but lack’s an outdoor fire pit (something I am sure will be added soon). Cell reception in this site is almost non-existent. As this cabin is remote please remember to take out what you take in – there is no garbage disposal on site.
There are three well know rest stops.
Beaver Dam Rest Stop (Between Fox and Eagle Cabin)
The Beaver Dam Rest stop has a fire pit and picnic table and sits aside a large marsh complete with (you know it) a beaver dam although often not visible in the winter. The spot is a nice place to meet other on warm day’s and the cat tails sticking out of the snow are a great site for those family rides. Sometimes there is wood here but not always and never in December or early January so don’t count on it. There is an out house on this site as well. From this spot you can either travel west to the Eagle Cabin or south to the Trappers cabin.
Picnic Table Rest Stop (Between Fox and Trappers Cabin)
Picnic Table Rest stop. Well this is as it sounds, a very simple basic rests stop but it has a great view and is kind of a neat place. Many believe it to be the most romantic spot on the trail. It is an small outlook over the Iosegun River and has a small fire pit. There is rarely wood here and not supplies so if this is the place you plan to roast your hot dogs I recommend you bring wood and fire building equipment including matches.
Two Creeks Valley (Between Trappers Cabin and Brundy Cabin)
The Heavy Sound Creek is a great little place to stop. It is about 30km (estimate) from the trappers cabin toward Whitecourt. The cabin that once stood hear is gone but the creek valley is a scenic and protected place to stop. (Don’t stop on the ice!) This site is undeveloped and does not include a fire pit or wood but instead just a natural place to pause. From this point you can continue over the open hill tops of the Virginia Hills until you reach the Brundy Cabin (Whitecourt) just on the other side of the Virginia Hills Road.