The trail runs along the slopes of Simpsiönvuori, a quartzite rock hill, whose natural features and species differ from those in the area’s other forests. The first and final stretches of the trail wind through a herb-rich forest reserve. The information boards tell you many fascinating stories, such as how many spiders can be found spinning their webs within a hectare; what methods are used for observing air quality in forests; what helped to keep milk fresher for longer in the old days, and what frightening circumstance was still a reality in Simpsiö even in the 18th century. There are several rest spots along the trail.
The trail is suitable for those looking for a more challenging trail and for fit beginners.
About 3-4 hours
The trail is marked with signposts, and the Kalliomaanpolku and Piispanpolku trails have yellow and red markings respectively.
1. Simpsiö Ski Centre, lower parking area
Karhunmäentie 230 -> Simpsiönrinteentie 28
The ‘Luonto-Simpsiö’ signs will show the way from Simpsiönrinteentie to the starting point N62 57.324 E22 56.344, which is located at the furthest corner of the ski centre’s parking area.
2. Ski lodge parking area
The ski lodge’s parking area is located at the end of Urheilumajantie.
The ‘Luonto-Simpsiö’ sign will show the way from the parking area to an alternative starting point N62 57.775 E22 58.473, which is located at the end of the driveway leading to the ski lodge, behind the lean-to shelter and rest spot.