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Trail is well maintained and well marked easy to navigate. Some of the wood bridges need to be rebuilt. Views were ok, spent all of the second day in thick brush/vegetation. Campsites are dated and could use a revamp, most do not have anywhere to sit or a proper fire pit. It was a fun and challenging trail but I doubt I'll do it again.

Loved the trail but watch your footing there’s a lot of rocky steep ups and downs it ended up pouring rain the first night and second day but trail is well drained so wasn’t bad at all but when the weather was warm enough we went swimming in the lake by campsite and in the waterfall all in all we had really good time and would recommend

hiking
18 days ago

A lovely trail with some steeper ups/downs but mostly rocky and roots. A note - that the AllTrails red line is a little incorrect near the trail head where is suggests following the Minnesoing bike trail for 1km then cutting into the first loop. There is no trail there, instead follow the very well marked signs and go to the junction from the path in, where the first loop meets. Th map has this as dotted “other” trails and it’s super clear. The best places for lunch/views are on the north side of Provoking.

backpacking
21 days ago

LOVED this trail!!! Just came back from a solo trek along Highland Backpacking Trail ... Technically challenging trail with many hills, rocks, streams, roots; beautiful campsites along Head Lake and Harness Lake! Provoking Lake has some great campsites as well (a few more sites and seems a bit busier... sound does travel! But far less noise than staying in a typical campground!) ... overall I had an amazing experience hiking the two-day trek along this trail! It was well marked, and almost no bugs at this time of year! (The only section where I noticed any bugs at all was the area of the trail near Mosquito Lake... possibly where the name comes from??)
Definitely recommend this trail to anyone seeking a good technically challenging multi-day hike! This trail is also great for first time multi-day hikers because it is well marked with boardwalks to help cross the muddy sections, and even at a slower pace you can get to a campsite on Head Lake by mid afternoon (or just stick to the first loop around Provoking Lake!)

This is a great trail but be forewarned that as of this date, the map on AllTrails is incorrect. The first intersection is not where it shows on this map it is south of Starling Lake. Hiked the big loop in 3 days (2 nights) with my 2 boys. Lucky to see a moose at Head lake on the 2nd night.

Great and easy trail, some wildlife and great campsite on the lake !

hiking
5 months ago

Winter/Spring no lake cuz it’s frozen so I’ll have to go back
18.88km on my device.. makes an extra 30-45 min
Great trail!

backpacking
6 months ago

Great. Trail ,lots of contrasting scenery and well marked

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.

backpacking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tough for a first timer on a solo hike, but the campsites are great.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hiked this one in spring 2016 when some ice/snow still on the trail. Did the larger loop in 2nights/3days. Only encountered 1 other hiker (another solo female going opposite way). Saw several deer along the way and a moose visited my camp at night. This was my first solo multi-day and I'll never forget it!

backpacking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Loved it!

backpacking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

My personal favorite of the three backpacking trails in Algonquin. It is two loop options 19 and 25km. Terrain is relatively challenging and a good variety of terrain and backcountry campsites on scenic lakes. I saw several moose on the trail when I completed this trail over two days, and even heard some wolves howling in the foggy morning!

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