The James H Fullard Loop Trail Review

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The James H Fullard Loop Trail Review

From Westport, take Cty Rd #42 East to Crosby (14 kms). Take Hwy #15 for 2.6 kms to Cty Rd #9 (Chaffey’s Lock Rd). Take Cty Rd #9 for 4.7 kms to Cross Rd. Take Cross Rd. for 1.8 kms to Davis Lock Rd. Turn right on Davis Lock Rd. and drive 2.7 kms to the driveway (on your right). Or just click on the link below to open Google Maps at the parking lot, and you can plot your own best route : https://goo.gl/maps/nBBTD9e73tG8nHnn7

We happened upon this one while returning Home from reviewing the nearby  Cataraqui Trail. Though short, it offers a charming and well maintained 2.8 kms of trails with views of a wetland, an open water bay, a healthy mixed forest, and cheery open meadows. The longest part of this trail is the (return) access trail which will take you to the Sugarbush Loop Trail (with a short spur to the wetland).

It will start by leading you across an open meadow bordered by mixed forest. During a pleasant wander through the canopied trail, you’ll come across a beautifully designed and built set of stairs. Nothing is half done here. The signage is of the highest quality, and the plentiful sets of stairs are engineered and made of the finest materials. I read that these trails were developed in 2012, making them nine years old when we walked them. Yet they looked like they’d been completed the day before.

We continued walking through a healthy mixed forest until we came to the first of many well made signposts introducing the Sugarbush Trail. This led us to another staircase, (also made of 6X6’s) which curved as it declined between two lovely rock outcroppings. Not far after that, we came to the sign stating our arrival at “Sugarbush Island” as the forest canopy opened to bright sky.

We chose the Wetland Trail (a return “spur” off the Sugarbush Loop) at the next signpost, and walked slightly uphill through a lightly wooded forest to a granite outcropping with a bench, and a spectacular view of a huge open water wetland. The scarred outcropping surface gave testament to the massive ice sheets that scraped over it millenia ago.

We returned to the signpost and chose the Narrows Lookout Trail. This one wandered through mixed forest with a view of water to one side. Here was another beautifully designed bench over-looking the water as well.

Continuing along, we came the Lake Lookout Trail. The view from the top of the stairs here was quite lovely, as it was from the bench, at the bottom.

From there, we returned through the forest to the Access Trail, and back to our ride.

The Final Take

Though less than three kms long, this trail is quite pretty … in both scenery and design. It’s entirely wide enough for two to walk side by side, and is immaculately clean and well maintained. There are two ways a trail will impress me. One is by the layout plan of the path itself, and the other is quality of initial workmanship, and maintenance thereafter.

The developers/maintainers of this lovely place have done the professor’s legacy proud.

Have a nice walk,

Bushwhacker

3 comments

  1. Looks like a beautiful place to go for a walk.

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    1. It certainly was a lovely little gem, and literally in the middle of nowhere. But the gorgeous Cataraqui is close by, making it worth the trip when we combined the two.
      Bushwhacker

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      1. Fantastic! This is on my list to explore!

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