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Theme trail recommended route

Haukkavuori Nature Trail, Rautjärvi

Theme trail · Rautjärvi
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  • / Haukkavuori lean-to shelter
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  • / Haukkavuori nature trail
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  • / Haukkavuori nature trail
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  • / Haukkavuori lookout
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  • / Haukkavuori nature trail
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  • / Haukkavuori nature trail
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  • / Haukkavuori nature trail
    Photo: Outdoors Finland
  • / Haukkavuori nature trail
    Photo: Outdoors Finland
  • / Haukkavuori nature trail
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m 200 150 100 4.0 3.5 3.0 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 km Haukkavuori lean-to shelter Haukkavuori Lookout
The Haukkavuori Nature Trail (Haukkavuoren luontopolku) runs to a forest behind Haukkavuori Hill. Lake and forest views open out from the hill.
moderate
Distance 4.4 km
2:30 h
165 m
165 m

Splendid views open out to the horizon from the top of Haukkavuori Hill. The handsome landscape, the blue lakes, the deep green forests and the crooked pines on rocks represent the mental landscape of Finns. Haukkavuori Hill is the highest point in South Karelia. The steep drop down to the glittering Lake Sarajärvi is nearly 80 m. Haukkavuori is also a historical boundary marker: the borderlines of the Treaties of Nöteborg, Teusina and Nystad ran via it in the past. On the top of the hill, a boundary marker for the Treaty of Nystad is still visible, carved into the rock. Can you find it? The Rajojen reitti Hiking Trail (E10), which is a long-distance trail via Ruokolahti, Rautjärvi and Parikkala, runs via Haukkavuori Hill. You will find a campfire site and a lean-to shelter in the Haukkavuori parking area. The walking distance to the lookout point is about 1 km.

 

Good to Know

The long Ruokolahti-Rautjärvi-Parikkala (E10) hiking trail overlaps the Haukkavuori trail for a short distance. In dry weather, the trail is also suitable for training shoes. In rainy weather, waterproof trousers and shoes are necessary due to the overgrown vegetation on the forest road. There are no safety rails in Haukkavuori.

 

Photo gallery of Haukkavuori nature trail

 

Author’s recommendation

Sights 

Stunning views from Haukkavuori rock

Historical boundary marker

 

 

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
169 m
Lowest point
110 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

It is safest to move in a group if you do not know the terrain or the water area. Before the excursion, it is advisable to acquire the necessary maps and guides and check the weather forecast, particularly when going boating. Wear sturdy footwear and clothes that suit the weather. It is recommended that you take first aid equipment, rainwear, a spare set of clothes, as well as enough drinks with you, particularly in the summer. Remember to wear a floating vest when boating.

In wet weather and in winter, duckboards, rocks and piers can be slippery.

During the snowy season, the trails and routes are not maintained.

In an emergency, dial the number 112. Report your location, what has happened and listen to the instructions.

 

Difficulty level

Narrow at times, the trail winds through woods and over rocks that can be slippery in the rain, and a lot of trees have fallen across the trail. The trail features steep climbs and much elevation change. Some steep spots have stairs, which are in slightly rough condition. The trail requires good physical condition and agility.

 

Duration

Approx. 3 hours

 

Trail markings

The start of the trail has an information board on the trail. The trail is marked with signposts and orange and blue markings on trees. 1.9 km from the start of the trail is an unclear crossing, where the second trail is the correct one.

 

Suitability

Suitable for persons in good physical condition seeking for a challenging trail

Tips and hints

Links

Regional travel portal of Saimaa region

 

Imatra Tourist information

Lappeentie 12

55100 Imatra

Tel. +358 (0)5-235 2330

imatra@gosaimaa.com

 

Download a printable pdf-leaflet with map

Start

Haukkavuori parking area Haukkavuorentie 235 N61 29.041 E29 13.746 (113 m)
Coordinates:
DD
61.483826, 29.229089
DMS
61°29'01.8"N 29°13'44.7"E
UTM
35V 618707 6818709
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Turn-by-turn directions

Trail description

The trail travels around Haukkavuori through a varied forest with occasional groves. The start point of the trail has a lean-to and a shelter. From the lean-to, there is a long rise to Haukkavuori, whose top is 80 m above the level of Lake Sarajärvi. There are magnificent views from the top. Haukkavuori is one of the Natura areas of Southeast Finland due to its valuable flora and fauna. A winding nature trail travels down from Haukkavuori through wooded terrain and finally climbs back to the top.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

To start the trail

Haukkavuori parking area

Haukkavuorentie 235

N61 29.041 E29 13.746

Coordinates

DD
61.483826, 29.229089
DMS
61°29'01.8"N 29°13'44.7"E
UTM
35V 618707 6818709
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Nature Trails

  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Umbrella
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Similar routes nearby

  • Rajojen reitti Hiking Trail, Ruokolahti (E10)
  • Rajojen reitti Hiking Trail, Rautjärvi (E10)
  • Pöröpeikon polku trail, Parikkala
  • Rajojen reitti Hiking Trail, Parikkala (E10)
  • Stage 2: Iron curtain trail, Simpele-Parikkala
  • Hiitolanjoki Scenic Trail, Rautjärvi
  • Torsanjoki nature trail, Ruokolahti
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.4 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
165 m
Descent
165 m
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