Ketunlenkki Trail offers rousing experiences and some nice challenges in Repovesi National Park. The trail crosses water systems using a suspension bridge and a hand ferry, which are experiences in themselves. The water is bordered by rugged cliffs, bright heaths and moss-covered spruce copses that seem to be straight from a fairy tale. The climb up to Katajavuori Hill is over 200 steps up an almost vertical cliff. It is hard work, but the magnificent view is worth it.
- Duration: about 2 h
- Trail markings: Marked with orange paint on trees
- Suitability: The trail is also suited to families with children, but it is not wheelchair accessible
A fairly broad path leads from the parking area to a 50-metre long suspension bridge, which links the east and west side of Lapinsalmi. There is a nice rest area near the bridge. The trail continues up Katajavuori, which offers one of the best views in Repovesi. The descent follows an occasionally stony path to Lake Katajajärvi and towards the Kapiavesi rest area. The trail travels through a dry heath and occasionally in a moss-carpeted spruce forest. The trail turns stony at the foot of Terrivuori, whose rugged rocks stretch toward the sky. From Määkijäniemi the trail travels through a forest that has been restored by burning. The Kettulossi ferry takes you over Määkijäsalmi, and the rest of the trail follows the lakeside.
Good to know
The trail can be easily combined with trails of the Repovesi National Park, such as the Kaakkuri Circuit (24 km) or the old Valkeala hiking trail.Hiking in Repovesi follows the principles of sustainable nature tourism. Hikers pick up their rubbish. It is also advisable to bring your own toilet paper. The Määkijä rest area has a well. The trail is suitable for training shoes, but hiking shoes are a sturdier choice for uneven terrain. It is possible to take a shortcut from the Lapinsalmi rest area to the Kapiavesi rest area, leaving about half a kilometre between the two.
Medium. The trail features some fairly challenging and occasionally stony paths with a lot of tree roots. The climb up the stairs to Katajavuori is quite demanding. There are a lot of rocks at the foot of Terrivuori. Ketunlossi is a hand ferry for up to eight persons. It is possible for just one person to move the ferry by pulling the padded cable. There are three rest areas along the trail, one of which is 200 m distant from the trail.
To start the trail
Repovesi National Park Lapinsalmi Riippusillantie 55 47910 Hillosensalmi