Ten kilometres and two great lakes! It is a good reason to take the around two lakes -trip, especially when Southwestern Finland doesn’t have too many freshwater lakes. The ten kilometer trip goes basically on easy road and path routes, which ensures that you get perfectly by with moderate hiking equipment.
By the side of the trail there are lakes Pyhäjärvi and Elijärvi, and Kattilakallio potholes and a variety of forest nature. Karjalevo has a fireplace and in Valasranta dance pavilion is open on summer weekends for dancers. A natural starting point for this hike is the parking lot by Valasranta. The trail is so passable that it is possible to walk quite fast, but on average it is wise to reserve a little over two hours time for this hike.
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Lake Vaskijärvi route is the right choice for those who want to experience the whole variety of nature in Southwestern Finland all packed up in one day. Walking outside the paths is forbidden in the Natural Park, but the area is a great sample of swamp and forest landscape in its natural state. A magnificent scene over the swamp of the Natural Park opens up from the rocky cliffs located southeast from Vaskijärvi. You may also see a lonely osprey soaring on the sky over the bog. Outside the Natural Park the route go on paths and forest roads. The trail is quite challenging due to its wide elevation changes.
There are two fireplace sites by the route: Valastenmaa and Vesiraumanmäki. They give the hiker a possibility to fuel up with sausages and packed sandwiches to meet the fitness requirements of the 19 kilometer long hike. An inexperienced hiker should start as early as possible so that he/she will have enough time to finish the hike before dusk. The natural point to start the Lake Vaskijärvi hike is the parking lot Elijärvenkulma.
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The devil has qualified a beautiful robust rock to be his church. It also well describes the character of this route. Steep rocks follow each other and call for experience and shoes with good traction. This trek cannot be recommended to people with unsteady feet for their first hike. On the other hand, this trail returns the efforts with gorgeous sceneries and versatile experiences of forest nature. There are two fireplaces by the route and one fixed lean-to. If you arrive with a car, the best place to start is the Soikeroinen parking lot. The length of this trek is 8 kilometers per direction, so if you need to return to your car the length of the trip is 16 kilometres.
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The Pukkipalo route is one of the most popular trails in Kuhankuono. The reason is clear - the finest attraction in Southwestern Finland when it comes to old forests, Pukkipalo primeval forest, happens to be located around this route. If you wish to see the forest like God wanted it to be, you better choose this route. Pukkipalo with its surroundings is part of Kurjenrahka National Park, and therefore it will remain untouched in the future also.
The trail is nine kilometers long. There are two possible starting points, Rantapiha by the lake Savojärvi , and Pukkipalo parking lot. You can barbeque your sausages in three different locations, and some of the highest rock areas have got benches if you want to rest your feet for awhile and admire the scenery. The route has been renovated in 2006 and made more passable, although Huhtaniitunmäki, Paltanvuori and Takaniitunvuori rocky areas require at least some fitness of a hiker. The time to reserve to go around this trail unhurried is a little over three hours.
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With 30 kilometers of paths, roads and duckboards the Hike of Swamp Vajosuo takes two days even from more experienced wanderer. That is why the route should be planned so that there is a fixed lean-to available when the day turns into an evening. Practically the best places to start are Rantapiha parking lot or Kurjenpesä nature room in the north or Vajosuo parking lot in the south.
Along this route there are large bogs of Kurjenrahka National Park, Vajosuo and Kurjenrahka, which imposing scenes no matter what time of the year it is. The route also touches the Pukkipalo primeval forest area and Lake Savojärvi. Outside the National Park the scenes vary from forest nature to agricultural landscape.
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In the southernmost part of Kuhankuono there is Around Kangenmiekka route. It almost reaches the Suokulla routes, which connect Kuhankuono to Turku urban area. The terrain here is dry esker with pine trees and rock. It is fairly easy to hike on dry heath and small forest roads and the sceneries are open. Not only the hikers are interested in the gravel that the soil mainly is: the builders have dug large gravel pits especially on the western side of the route. If it is hot, you can take a swim in some of these gravel pit lakes. If you arrive by car, the best place to start your hike is the parking place on the southwestern corner of the route. You should allocate at least two hours to walk through this route, a little more if you intend to keep a pause and rest your feet awhile.
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Haukkavuori Route is 10 kilometers long trail eastbound of the heart of Kuhankuono. The route starts from the Kuhankuono parking lot. The trail goes partly through bog expanses and rock islets, and partly on small roads. There are many fireplaces and fixed lean-tos on the way to the Haukkavuori cross-country sporting centre in Pöytyä, which is the end point of this route. The trail is easy, and good starting points are Kuhankuono parking lot by the road 204 (Turku-Säkylä road) or Haukkavuori sporting centre on the most eastern part of the route. The time to reserve for this two-way hike is six hours, including some breaks.
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The markings used in Kuhankuono hiking routes are orange bands around trees. The text in the bands says “Kuhankuonon retkeilyreitistö-” and there also are three blue or white dots in the bands.
Blue dots mean that the route is annular i.e. you will eventually return to the place you started your trip.
White dots mean that the route is connecting or two-way trail and by using that route you are exiting the annular route. These markings lead from an annular route to a fireplace or resting place (for example Lakjärvi), to a viewpoint, or to another annular route.
Some parts of the trails are mastered by Metsähallitus. Those trails have a different kind of marking system. In some occasions both marking systems are used.
By using the Kuhankuono Guide Map it is possible to collect berries and mushrooms outside the path routes. In that case it is crucial to remember that in VASKIJÄRVI NATURAL PARK NO WALKING OUTSIDE THE MARKED PATHS IS ALLOWED.