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Rideau Trail: Gould Lake Segment

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Map Key

5.9

Miles

9.5

KM

99%

Runnable

577' 176 m

High

470' 143 m

Low

333' 101 m

Up

293' 89 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Description

The Rideau Trail continues from Rideau Trail: Sydenham Segment and enters Gould Lake Conservation Area on the road, the trail goes R in woods, reaching the foundation of a barn close to the road after 500 m. It follows a ridge above a swamp L, descends to a bridge, winds N around the swamp, and crosses two gravel roads N of an entrance kiosk (fee). It goes R at a T junction onto a track, veers L through a former camping area with old BBQs, and bends R towards the S end of Gould Lake, where there are toilets, a beach, and parking.

There is a network of blue trails on both sides of the lake, including Tom Dixon Trail, Mine Loop, and Wagon Trail (Trail 6).

Before the toilets, the Rideau Trail goes L (N) on another track. After 300 m it crosses a steel-framed wood bridge built in 2009, and after another 100 m it reaches Frog Junction where the Mine Loop goes R. The RT goes L (NW) uphill on a wide track to Hill Junction, where the Mine Loop forks R. The RT forks L, crosses a low area on a boardwalk, veers R (N) going up and down, continues level and then drops to cross another boardwalk. It goes up steeply and continues on high ground with one of several NE-SW gullies R. It veers L (W), descends to a swamp R and crosses it on an old beaver dam, then jogs L and winds R uphill. It continues N on a ridge, then drops to a junction at a brook.

The Ridgewalk (Trail 5) goes L, and the Rideau Trail goes R along the L side of the brook, continues ahead towards the lake, and then veers L (NE) beside it. The trail goes up and down, rises to a pond L, and continues past several mica mine pits to an open area near the lake. The trail continues NE, eventually drops to a beaver dam at the lakeshore, jogs L into bush, and reaches a N junction of the Ridgewalk (Trail 5). The Rideau Trail goes ahead, crosses a brook in a low area, and climbs steeply to a bench and a splendid view.

The RT continues N, then goes abruptly L in forest, bends R, turns L up an incline near a swampy area, and continues to wind N through woods over low ridges. It bends R (E) near Bedford Rd L, turns L near a gulley, jogs L over a stile and R on the road at a wet area, then over another stile R and L (E) to continue in bush. It crosses a stream R, passes a large swamp R, and bends L in woods, emerging onto Bedford Rd and going R (SE) for 800 m and connecting to Rideau Trail: Frontenac Segment.

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Photos

Moss-covered deadfall.
May 4, 2021 near Kingston, ON
View of pond from Rideau Trail.
May 4, 2021 near Kingston, ON
Large rock
May 4, 2021 near Kingston, ON
Abandoned campsite
May 4, 2021 near Kingston, ON

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