Susitaival Trail begins on the other side of the Möhkönkoski rapids, soon after the narrow canal, turning to the left. However, before hitting the trail I make a brief stop at Möhkö Ironworks museum (ironworks = ruukki) where the other hiker seems to be heading as well. Actually, the German-speaking hiker is asking where the trail starts because he does not have a map with him! Well, the Karjalan Kierros / Ilomantsi maps (1:100 000) are not for sale at Möhkö so getting your maps before arriving here is a must. The museum staff kindly take photocopies of my map for the other hiker but they look worried, especially when hearing that he plans to hike as far as Teljo, including both this and the Karhunpolku trail further north. "Are you sure you have enough food with you?"
I take off alone and hope the other hiker will be alright as well. The trail is pretty well marked with orange circles painted on trees and rocks, occasionally with Susitaival signs, but I prefer to carry a map to know what is ahead, where you can make a fire or find a shelter, and just in case something unexpected happens.
false morel (korvasieni) right in the middle of the path I pause for a moment but there's no way I can start picking these delicious beauties to take them home with me. Farewell, my lovely. I wonder will there be many more... Very important note: false morels are poisonous (can be even deadly!) and must not be eaten unless prepared properly.