Beach Ridge and Old Trail Found
There was a trail
the ridge when we got there. It was well kept up (as seen in the
above photo) by
wildlife — mainly caribou. In some places it was down to gravel,
though sometimes splitting into two or three branches. And yes, there was an old set of
leaning against a jack pine at the end of the portage.
ridge was quite visible from the air photo as a straight
white line. But on the ground there was only a very slight rise in elevation
from the surrounding muskeg — almost imperceptible — and yet
enough of a rise to give drainage a chance. That let reindeer moss
spruce trees get established.
It was a real relief to get
there. It meant that all we had
to do was follow the straight shot to get to the lake we wanted. No need for compass.
No sighting problems across the open muskeg. Just a