The diverse Päijänne-Ilves trail starts from Padasjoki Marina. It includespaved pedestrian and bicycle routes, gravel road, forest road,fields and forest paths. The start of the trail is easy to walk and thereis not much elevation. Before the middle section of the trail, in thevillage of Nyystölä, there is a Cudgel War memorial, after which youcan make a separate trip to the Nyystölä birdwatching tower. Theend of the trail is more difficult, as it includes more incline and rockyplaces, and the scenery also becomes more forested. There is onelean-to shelter along the trail, Nuijamiehenkolo, about 10 km fromthe starting point. There is also a compost toilet next to the shelter.After the lean-to, the trail continues towards the Frans Joosef Pondnature reserve and on towards Tarus, where there is a campfire site,swimming beach, camping site and parking area.
This medium trail takes about 3 to 5 hours to walk. It can be walked inrunning shoes, but in rainy weather and early in the morning the grassis wet, so waterproof shoes are recommended. Due to the challengingrocky sections and inclines, hiking boots may be a better choice. In addition,take a map, knife, matches and toilet paper with you.