In the heart of winter, when all the ponds and streams are frozen solid and a heavy blanket of snow covers the land, you may find yourself contacted by an adventurous friend with an intriguing proposition:
Let’s snowshoe to the Spout!
If you’ve never snowshoed to the Spout before, you’re in for a mighty big treat, and having a friend who knows the way is a huge bonus, so by all means join them if you can!
This 13.2 km winter trek (return trip distance) does require a certain level of fitness, as you’ll be snowshoeing from an elevation of 150 m (highway trailhead) up to 250 m (plateau), then all the way down to sea level (the Spout), and after your break there all the way back again of course.
Unfamiliar with the terrain? Here’s what to expect (simplified):
- Climb up through the forest, from the trailhead to the plateau.
- Cross the plateau, a vast expanse of snow and trees.
- Climb down through the forest, following ribbons to the coast.
- Enjoy your break at the Spout, before returning.
When I first snowshoed to the Spout, I was very eager to get to the prize at the end, the frozen winter Spout, an icy cold and spectacular natural attraction that has never failed to amaze me. On subsequent winter visits though, I realized the snowshoe trek itself was the prize: nearly 7 km of absolute silence and sparkling winter beauty, with a break at the Spout as the cherry on top.
The basic map of the Snowshoe route to the Spout on this blog can be used to find the unmarked trailhead in Middle Pond, right on the side of the Southern Shore Highway. There is no dedicated parking area here so just park on the shoulder, assuming that snow has been cleared.
A safety tip: always bring a GPS with fresh batteries. Even if you’re with someone who knows the way, you can record the route on your GPS so that later you’ll be able to go by yourself or act as a guide for other friends.
A GPS also comes in handy if your party gets lost or separated, as you’ll be able to easily find your way back to the highway.