Petersburg Regional Forest
Snowshoeing or Hiking


Garmin GPSmap CSxI have enjoyed this Regional Forest for several years. I tend to use it most in the winter for short (5 km) and frequent (when snowfall allows) snowshoe outings because it isn't far to drive and has a few slopes that provide a bit more exercise than other snowshoe locations like the Huron Natural Area.

In recent years the trails at Petersburg Regional Forest have been improved by a collective effort between the Waterloo Cycling Club and the Waterloo Region. Quote from Igor's Blog About the Hydrocut, "The Hydrocut Mountain Bike Trails are formalized in a legal Stewardship Agreement between a volunteer organization and the landowner; the Waterloo Cycling Club and the Region of Waterloo. The trails are managed by the Waterloo Cycling Club’s Trails Committee."

Numerous trails have been established by many volunteers. Readers of this web page are encourged to examine these websites: 1) Igor's Blog About the Hydrocut and 2) the Waterloo Cycling Club. You will find lots of great information including useful maps and information about parking locations.

It is volunteer projects like this one where you may wish to make a financial donation. Check the Friends Of The Hydrocut web page for how you can donate. The online donation process used is PayPal and can be found in the bottom right corner of that web page.

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The Main (Outside) Loop in Petersburg Regional Forest

Here are two options:
1) snowshoe the orange blazed (marked) loop (about 4 km), or
2) snowshoe most of the orange trail combined with part of the Creepy Corner Trail and the Kamikaze Trail (about 5 km).

I find the second choice very good on a cold but sunny winter day, Monday to Friday. We stop on our return on the west side and enjoy some hot tea and a biscuit in the sun.

Note that on the maps (below) there are several waypoints. These are the approximate locations of the bike/hike "side" trail signs you will see as you pass along the outer orange ring trail. They correspond to the trails shown in the large schematic trail map listed in the introduction. The outer loop trail is a multi-use trail (bikers, hikers, runners and horseback riders ... no motorized vehicles).

Snowshoeing at Petersburg Regional Forest

Option One - 4 km loop

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Option Two - 5 km loop

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GPS Tracks for Download

Garmin GPSmap CSxThese files contain the same data in differing formats.


In-Car GPS?

Some in-car GPS units allow you to enter the coordinates (i.e. latitude and longitude) instead of a regular street address. If you own a Garmin unit press "Where to?" and then the down arrow in the lower right corner and that takes you to "Coordinates". Press "Coordinates" and enter the latitude and longitude. For more detailed step-by-step instructions check Entering Coordinates in Recent Garmin Nüvi GPS Receivers.