Info about RMK Hiking Route

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Info about RMK Hiking Route

Postitus Postitas Linjo » 15 Veebr 2018, 12:10

Hi there fellow hikers! Apologies for posting this message in English but I'm looking for local knowledge about Estonian hiking trails and this seems to be the place to be according to a tip from a friend of mine.

I'm from Belgium and in mid-september I'm planning to hike in Estonia for a few days (5-6). I found this trail which seems interesting: http://loodusegakoos.ee/hiking-route/oandu-ikla-375-km
I got the gpx track of the trail on that same website and found the base layers of Estonia on: http://freizeitkarte-osm.de/garmin/en/m ... tries.html
However I'm wondering which part of the trail is the most interesting to hike?
Also is it allowed to camp in the wild? I see that there are some camping spots available but well just to be on the safe side it's good to know what's allowed. Also there seem to be huts at some places, are they freely accessible or do you need a key?
Finally, as a personal interest of mine, is mid-September a good time for mushrooms? :)

Looking forward to hear your tips!
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Postitus Postitas scabere » 15 Veebr 2018, 13:33

For suggesting the most interesting parts of the trail, I'm not the best person here. I personally would pick trail parts I to III.

Camping on campsites is allowed. To camp anywhere else is at your own risk, although it's not very strictly supervised.

At the loodusegakoos.ee site "forest huts" are free and open to use. Rental huts are for rent as the name says. Mid-september is a great time for picking mushrooms.

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Postitus Postitas margusl » 15 Veebr 2018, 13:54

I'm with scabere on this one - I wouldn't want to miss Lahemaa & Kõrvemaa - from Oandu to Aegviidu. Long stretches of southern part of that route are following gravel roads and looong straight forestry roads. It might get bit dull for walking. If you do decide to take the whole route, you might want to start from south so you'll treat yourself more interesting landscapes as you go. When you reach Aegviidu and want to follow RMK marked trails, you have actually 2 more options beside heading towards Ikla , another long route - http://loodusegakoos.ee/where-to-go/hik ... king-route - passes Aegviidu, so you can head to west or south-east. Or maybe skip some sections all together with train and/or bus (hint: southern and south-east part of the country is bit more hilly ). And by September there *might* be more options, next route - Penijõe-Aegviidu-Kauksi - is currently in works.

RMK material might be bit outdated. And for whatever reason they seem to leave some pages up on their web and you can land on some abandoned page when googling. So it's better to navigate through links from their main http://loodusegakoos.ee/en page and you'll have a smaller chance to miss some information. e.g. for Oandu-Ikla - http://loodusegakoos.ee/where-to-go/hik ... king-route

But even then you might miss some updates, for example there's a major re-route at section II, but as far as I can tell, GPX files are not updated, Google Maps of whole route on Eng page is not updated and section II route on Google Maps on Eng page is just not there; Google Maps linked from Est page of section II seems up to date. To get an idea what I'm raving about -
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 06051&z=10
vs
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 20707&z=10 (that's the current route)

For rules of conduct (wild camping etc) you can refer to http://loodusegakoos.ee/rules-of-conduct , though it might seem bit vague.

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Postitus Postitas Taimo » 15 Veebr 2018, 14:10

Welcome!

Links to Google Maps on the English site are not working, so take a look at this:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 72034&z=10

I would recommend northern part of the trail. From Oandu to Aegviidu (86km) or Oandu to Hiieveski (134km). From Aegviidu there is train connection to Tallinn and from Ardu near Hiieveski you can take bus to Tallinn.
On this part of the trail you will get diverse and interesting terrain (in my opinion). You will see forests, a small waterfall, bogs, lakes, etc.
Camping in the wild is generally allowed if there are no restriction signs. However, in nature reserves camping is allowed only in designated places. Making fire is allowed only in prepared and designated places. http://loodusegakoos.ee/rules-of-conduct
There are plenty of prepared official camping sites on the route, so you probably will not need to camp in the wild.
Most of huts are free, but there also some rental huts. You need to check it on http://loodusegakoos.ee website.
In mid-September there should be mushrooms if the weather has been favorable.

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Postitus Postitas ullivilli » 15 Veebr 2018, 22:02

First part. No question there.
Start From Oandu or start from Narva mnt and head to aegviidu.
Both have pretty good transport options.
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Postitus Postitas luize » 19 Veebr 2018, 18:57

And be sure to read up on your mushroom-knowledge :) just to be safe :)

You can camp in the wild but you aren't allowed to make a fire anywhere other than the official camp sites. If you do camp in the wild, you should pick a spot where you least disrupt the vegetation.

Getting to Oandu might be tricky, last time I checked the options for public trnsport, they involved several buses. I've written a bit about it here http://escapist.ee/onfoot/transport/start-and-endpoints (maybe you'll find something useful :) )

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Postitus Postitas Tnnn » 20 Veebr 2018, 01:50

You can start from Võsu instead of Oandu so you wont miss out on Lahemaa, last time i checked there was some buslines from Tallinn to Võsu. If you decide to check southern Estonia then this trail (also previously mentioned) http://loodusegakoos.ee/where-to-go/hik ... king-route, from Kiidjärve (also accessible via train) onwards is pretty neat.

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Postitus Postitas k6ver » 21 Veebr 2018, 19:37

Another option is to start from Altja - example given : google maps transportation route : https://goo.gl/maps/C3kc6h56NXo


Another way I recommend - start from Lelle - https://goo.gl/maps/fXFiAiFsPMP2 - very convenient to get there with train from Tallinn.
If you start from Lelle ( towards Oandu/Altja) you are hiking through Loosalu Bog and Kakerdaja Bog.

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Postitus Postitas Tanel » 21 Veebr 2018, 20:40

From Lelle towards Ikla get really boring. I wouldnt recommend it by foot. By bicycle its another story.
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Postitus Postitas Linjo » 03 Aug 2018, 12:11

Hi all, and many thanks for all your info! Feels great to get so much tips when coming into a new country to hike.

I just wanted to give an update on our plans. We will be 4 to hike after all since we're holding a project meeting in Tallin afterwards and several colleagues got interested to join after I showed them the links you sent :)

So I have to adapt my plans a bit since not all are experienced hikers. Therefore I plan to walk in 4 days from Aegviidu to the north (or the other way around), roughly doing about 20-25km per day. Many of you mentioned Oandu as a destination but it seems transportation options are limited. Is there another location where we can easily get a bus/train to Tallin?

An option I was considering is to perhaps take a taxi-van from Tallin to Oandu and then walk to Aegviidu and take a bus/train back to Tallin. Any idea if this would be doable and what it could cost? Also if you have tips for a taxi company that could be nice!

Many thanks!

Oh and by the way, if any of you have any recent updates on the GPX trails, that would be very useful. I'm still not sure at this point what version is up to date. Perhaps I should contact a visitor center for this?
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Postitus Postitas Tarmo » 03 Aug 2018, 13:19

You san start from Võsu (10 km from Oandu, in trail)
https://www.tpilet.ee/en/timetable/tall ... &Scope=All
And finis in Ardu (1 km from Hiieveski camp site)
https://www.tpilet.ee/en/timetable/6731 ... &Scope=All
Don't run in this trail, this distance for 5 days.

Map nearest Ardu
http://media.voog.com/0000/0030/9870/ph ... natiiv.jpg
Trail hompge :
http://loodusegakoos.ee/kuhuminna/matka ... a-matkatee

Track Google earth file
http://media.voog.com/0000/0030/9870/fi ... 20haru.kml
...

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Postitus Postitas Tnnn » 20 Aug 2018, 23:16

Sorry for late reply, if it's any help:
You can check all the bus routes from www.tpilet.ee, from the upper right corner you can switch to English, but be sure to pay attention to weekdays - not all the routes are serviced every day. From Tallinn to Võsu bus ticket is 6 €, Aegviidu is well connected with Tallinn by trains, ticket information at elron.ee (switching to English is also on upper right corner), ticket costs 3,20 €, if you plan to walk to Ardu then it's reasonably well connected with Tallinn, bus ticket is either 2 € or free.

Water from bogs is generally drinkable.
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03 Aug 2018, 12:11
Hi all, and many thanks for all your info! Feels great to get so much tips when coming into a new country to hike.

I just wanted to give an update on our plans. We will be 4 to hike after all since we're holding a project meeting in Tallin afterwards and several colleagues got interested to join after I showed them the links you sent :)

So I have to adapt my plans a bit since not all are experienced hikers. Therefore I plan to walk in 4 days from Aegviidu to the north (or the other way around), roughly doing about 20-25km per day. Many of you mentioned Oandu as a destination but it seems transportation options are limited. Is there another location where we can easily get a bus/train to Tallin?

An option I was considering is to perhaps take a taxi-van from Tallin to Oandu and then walk to Aegviidu and take a bus/train back to Tallin. Any idea if this would be doable and what it could cost? Also if you have tips for a taxi company that could be nice!

Many thanks!

Oh and by the way, if any of you have any recent updates on the GPX trails, that would be very useful. I'm still not sure at this point what version is up to date. Perhaps I should contact a visitor center for this?

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