One night, on one of Facebook’s Ontario groups, I saw an invitation to explore some of the Swisha Loop. It was a group that had driven part of it and were heading back for more. Most of the group were in stock trucks or SUV’s and just wanted to get away for a bit. My wife and I were in!
This second stretch was certainly much more remote and scenic. The trails were again very mellow, and winding. Given how remote and seemingly unused much of this leg was it came as no surprise that we ran into a few obstacles due to washouts and lack of maintenance. Exposed culverts were a continuous theme on this stretch, but none of our group had any particular issues with crossing them.
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For information about the Swisha Loop and for GPS files for this route, see the Gravel Travel website and search on Swisha Loop. As for all overland travel, good preparation includes research and adequate supplies, good communication about where you will be travelling (so that someone can find you or contact you) and traveling in groups. Routes can change yearly based on maintenance and use, such as when logging activities occur in an area, or daily with the weather conditions, which can cause flooding or washouts. We found one example of this, the results of a washout in 2013 on the Swisha Loop, on the www.tacomaworld.com website. Check the forums to get an idea of what you might find and talk to people who have already done the route to ensure safe travels.
Get out here, tread lightly and enjoy!