Pyhä-Häkki National Park Trails


Hiking Trails

There are over 20 km of marked trails in the National Park and its surroundings.

Starting Points for Trails

  • The trails start at the information point of the National Park, by the side of the Saarijärvi - Viitasaari road.
  • Good starting points for the Keski-Suomen maakuntaura Hiking Trail, which goes through the National Park, are for example Heramäen kuntorata at Saarijärvi, and the fork of the roads Ilomäentie and Korsutie at Kannonkoski, where parking is by the side of the road.

Circular Trails

  • Riihinevan polku -Trail is 1,4 km long. It is marked with green painted spots.
  • Mastomäen polku -Trail: This 3,2 km trail goes to the old-growth forest. It is marked with orange painted spots, and takes a bit over an hour to walk.
  • Kotajärven polku -Trail: The trail is marked with red painted spots. This 6,5 km trail is partly joined with the Mastomäki Nature Trail, and takes about 2,5 hours to walk.
  • Tulijärven polku -Trail (17 km) is marked with white painted spots. The trail leads partly the same route as the Kotajärvi Trail and partly in the commercial forest surrounding the park. Along the trail an overnight stay is possible in Tulijärvi lean-to shelter (maintained by the Town of Saarijärvi) or in Poika-aho Rental Hut.

A hiker walking along a path. Spruce branches can be seen to the left and to the right there are wooden trail signs. There is forest in the background.

Other Trails

  • Keski-Suomen Maakuntaura Hiking Trail: A part of this trail goes through the National Park, and it is marked with blue painted spots. There are about 400 km of this trail altogether, but it is not maintained everywhere, and at some places it has almost disappeared. It is possible to walk 27 km from Heramäen kuntorata at Saarijärvi to Pyhä-Häkki and to continue 23 km onto the fork of the roads Ilomäentie and Korsutie Kannonkoski. Outside the National Park this trail is maintained by the Town of Saarijärvi ( and the Municipality of Kannonkoski (, briefly in English).

Skiing Trails

A woman skiing in the snowy forest.

In the winter it is possible to ski in the National Park on trails maintained by the Town of Saarijärvi ( The trails are not lit, and they are suitable for classical cross-country skiing. The starting point in the National Park is the parking area of the park. The trails are maintained depending on the snow conditions between the mid January and the end of March, especially for the weekends. Skiing trail map can be picked up at the town hall of Saarijärvi.


Check for Warnings

When wildfire warnings ( are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.