Below the ski village a cross
country trail heads roughly south east. The trail is signposted as a
cross country ski route through Surprise Valley. A not well defined
track follows the ski poles along the trail. The poles make the trail
easy to follow. A junction is encountered after about 20 minutes.
Surprise Valley route heads off to the right. The trail to Little Hell
continues on and eventually also heads right. An easy almost flat walk
apart for the ascent of Little Hell - an easy short rock hop. Less
than an hours walk from the Ski Village. The views over Rodway Valley
and the Giblin Fells are superb. Lake Baker and Lake Youl can be seen
in the distance along with Stacks Bluff.
At the summit of Little Hell
another ski pole trail heads back to the Ski Village via the western end of
Surprise Valley allowing for a circuit walk.
A highly recommended walk.
Panorama looking south from
Little Hell. Lake Baker, Lake Youl and Stacks Bluff (top right) can be
seen from here. Rodway Valley in the foreground. The large
format view (click on image) clearly shows the sandy beach of Lake Youl.
Little Hell summit.