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I absolutely love this trail, I have gone end to end many times and it is a fantastic walk.

Easy walking ended up being 7.6km in length. The boardwalk makes it easy to do.

4 days ago

The parking lot was not plowed so we parked on the road (it was not a big deal since it was a quite area). The trail was short, 2km, so we did it twice. We really enjoyed it and I would go back to explore it again and other trails nearby. Some locals we talked to said there were longer trails just east of this location.

Have done this trail many times. It’s my favourite trail closest to Toronto! Hiked it yesterday, road is closed during the winter so add 2km each way to your hike. The sign at the trailhead says the trail is 10km but every time I have done it my devices have shown around 13km. In the snow yesterday it was about 16.5 km and took us 6 hours. Winter hiking is not my thing, but the trail is still fantastic! Highly recommend!

Pretty short paved path. Wasn’t bad but there really wasn’t much too it
Also I parked at east side Mario’s but I feel like it would have been easier to park at manuallife because that’s where the entrance is

6 days ago

nice open trails and easy to follow

Attempted in Jan 2018. Covered 18km in the first day. Beautiful winter scenery and just the right amount of trail difficulty for someone used to trekking and climbing in the Rockies. Only regret was not taking enough photos!

Encountered an unexpected severe drop in temperatures. Forecast had called for -18C as the overnight low, but a high pressure system blew away the anticipated snow clouds and dropped temps to below -30C. We were not ready for that extreme level of cold and bailed the next day. Can’t wait to gear up and try this out again someday, but maybe not in January.

Decent outing but the cliffs were a little underwhelming - even by southern ontario standards. Still made for an enjoyable hike

This used to be one my favourite local spots. Back in 2012-2013 I would have given this a solid 5/5 star rating. The trail since then has been seriously overused and suffers from lots of erosion (the whitevale section in particular). And now a construction site for a new subdivision boarders the southern portions of the trail.

Late sept - oct is the best time to go, as the mosquitos & deerfly are BRUTAL throughout summer.

Having said all that, the trail does have nice sections especially in late fall and early spring. If you do the whole trail return trip is 5-7 hours pending on your pace, which is longer than most of the other trails within the area.

Great hike, cool boardwalk around the lake. Make sure you check out the long houses.

mountain biking
15 days ago

was a bit muddy in some spots. was ok riding on the snow/ice. great ride. never been.

20 days ago

Great. Trail ,lots of contrasting scenery and well marked

Always a beautiful hike

23 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trails! The view is spectacular from the cliff top!

Awesome easy trail with a beautiful end at rice lake. Very nice to take a fishing road an enjoy a few hours.

Nice little hike, not overly challenging even for children. I've done it many times over the years, including in the winter (icy on the cliff).

Makes a nice walk or bike ride, but I don't know why it's rated as moderate as it's paved assfault the whole way with minimal hills.

Great little trail to do as part of the glass bottom boat and shipwreck tour. Easy for my then 8 year old and still a nice walk for us old people.
Can be very busy.

Was a nice trial to walk in the winter, looking forward to seeing it in the summer. Slightly icy on some paths but easy to follow and nice scenery. Was hard to find using the directions on this app. The entrance we found was on Mutual street in Pickering. Had a parking lot there that was fee. Also has a play ground and a soccer field. Will defiantly be back again.

Beautiful and demanding cross country trail in Algonquin Provincial park. The trail starts at the West Gate. There is plenty of parking space. There is a warming hut at a half distance. The trail is always nicely groomed by the provincial park staff. This is a trail not to be missed.

1 month ago

Nice easy trail for an afternoon hike.

1 month ago

My Girl Guide group signed up for the Moonlight Snowshoe Hike. We all had a great time and enjoyed the guided hike complete with owl calls and coyote howls!

Great trail...there's a nice spot halfway thru to stop on a rock and enjoy the view...

Snow was pretty deep, but amazing non the less!

Trail started out nice on top of the escarpment , some nice views . As it got into the city the local riffraff was out in force damaging the trail and spray painting everything . A couple punks wanted to get into it with us , they ran off . The million dollar bridge over the QEW highway is interesting . This trail fell short of expectations . Be prepared on this one !!

Great winter hike!

1 month ago

One of my favourite places for a quick snowshoe. Beautiful scenery!

Good day out rocky trail with lots of lookout points modality traveled and well marked lots of parking at trail head

I really like the lookout point that can be accessed from this trail. It's pretty spectacular on a clear day, especially with fall colors.

Great trail in the spring when the trillium are out. I love the smell of the Red Pine on the forest trails in summer.

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