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Quiet trail, easy to follow, with lots of roots and rock. Good footwear is a must and bug spray. We clocked 15km from the parking lot. Good workout!

hiking
7 days ago

Trail is doable in one day if you have 2 vehicles, wouldn’t recommend but doable. Hoorigan bay has a fantastic beach and would highly recommend a swim.

Great trip late October 2018. Ran into one other hiker about midway. Found out later he got taken out by helicopter after getting about 4” of snow. The trail is quite hard to find in the middle section, so I can see how he got himself in trouble. Fortunately he was uninjured. We had five in our group and at times we had to split up a bit to find the next marker. I had a gps with me so I had pre marked where I parked on the west side at Victoria Falls. I’d recommend doing the same.

Pretty typical backcountry loop for central Ontario. Views are good but not spectacular. Terrain is fairly challenging if you're carrying several days of supplies but not that rewarding as it doesn't lead to any terribly special locations.

So beautiful and well groomed campsites! Very peaceful.

An beautiful hike! Keep your eyes on the ground and you’ll spot some arctic plants thanks to the unique climate Superior creates. The White River Suspension Bridge is a real treat at the end!

Four of us attempted counter clockwise last week of Sept. Got to Heaven Lake ~10 miles in but one of our party partially separated an achilles. We backed him out out slowly. I think the moderate rating is misleading. Parts are definitely difficult. Moderate is kind of an average. From the Crack through Hansen is constant up and down on a lot of irregular surface. If the quartzite gets wet it's slippery.
That said, what a beautiful place. We all intend to go back.

backpacking
2 months ago

I finished this trail yesterday in 4 days/3nights with three friends and myself. This was our first time on the trail and despite finishing on time, we were a bit ambitious with our pace and had 4 long days of hiking. The scenery was very rewarding. I’ll definitely be doing the loop again, although will be adding one or two nights and including the hike up to silver peak. “The Crack,” which is located about 5 hours from the trailhead travelling counterclockwise, was not very enjoyable as we were inundated with a tour bus of day hikers who were not very trail savvy. The next time I do this loop I’ll be travelling counterclockwise and aiming to pass through the crack earlier in the day on a weekday. Otherwise, great trail overall. However, I would certainly rate this trail as difficult and not moderate.

Just finished 7 nights on the trail. Arrived back at George Lake yesterday. Trail was both challenging and rewarding. Beautiful scenery and weather was very agreeable. Think I would be more inclined to rate the trail as difficult. Maybe I’m just out of shape...lol. Am definitely looking forward to going again!!

backpacking
2 months ago

Spent 9 days on the trails with my wife and had an awesome time. There was SO much to see. Every stop and every camp site offered a wonderful memory. Looking forward to making the trip with my son next.

Amazing trail

on Kabeyun Trail

mountain biking
3 months ago

We biked part of this trail to the trailhead for the Top of the Giant trail. It was my first time ever mountain biking. Definitely an adventure.

Tricky track. Pristine. Filter water well. I had stomach issues both times I did this trail.

backpacking
3 months ago

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.

backpacking
3 months 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 was my first backpacking trip ever lol. Completed this trail in 7 days/6 nights with my dog. Last week of July. Managed a trip up to silver peak too! Absolutely loved it! I underestimated the difficulty though. If your dog isn’t trail hardened, which mine wasn’t, bring boots and paw moisturizer. The rocks are sharp and will shred the paws without them.

backpacking
3 months ago

August 3-9, 2018 pukaskwa Costal Trail Hike.
The Pukaskwa Costal Trail is very challenging and rugged 60km wilderness trail. There are no trail markers and you need to follow rock carins to stay on course. The only road access is at the campground at Hatti Cove from where I took the boat shuttle to the end at North Swallow and hiked my way out.
I have been wanting to hike this trail for a number of years and finally resolved to do it for my 50th birthday. The Costal Trail Hike was truly a trip of a lifetime for me. This was my longest backpacking trip and setting out to do it solo was a challenge in itself. I can tell you that this trail does not come close to touching anything that I have hiked before. The hike was phenomenal. Every aspect from the physical challenge to the spectacular views and incredible campsites completely blew me away. I met some awesome people on the trail and left with a feeling that it was a great privilege to spend the time in such a special place.

Also known as the White Water Suspension Bridge Trail. 7.8km hike each way. Beautiful trail with varying types of terrain and scenery. Difficult route, be prepared to climb over a lot of rocks. Most difficult part is within the first/last 4.5km (as it is a there and back route). At 4.5km point is a backcountry campsite right on the water that is beautiful. Great break point. The suspension bridge overhanging the falls/rapids at the end is absolutely breathtaking and made the whole experience worth it! Did this hike at the end of May so we were the only ones on the trail, however, if you plan to camp, Pukaswa is very cold that time of year!

This was an overall nice hike. A great day hike with no gear. The terrain is a bit rough in sections, and the far North section takes you along the top of some beaver dams. In late August it was damp, in the spring I can imagine it would be very wet. The path is also overgrown in spots. So long pants are wise. There's not much in terms of elevation change. One or two slightly steep hills. The bugs were active I would be apprehensive doing this in the spring. Total hiking time ~5h + breaks.

I hiked in with 17Kg (37.5lb) of gear, mostly camera equipment. I had absolutely no problems. 7km the fist day, 8km the second day. Good sky views from sites 528, and 530. The ski is reasonably dark, but it's under a flight path. So if you're doing time lapse work you're going to get airplanes.

Love camping here, too bad the ticks are out of hand, I have been 8 times and all different trails but always taking ticks of my best furry friend and myself...

backpacking
3 months ago

I was able to hike this while trail in sections, or you can go the whole trail out and back if you want to. I only went the one way and hiked some others off of it. It's a fairly easy trail with a few parts that can get hazardous due to either slippery rocks or fallen trees that blocked my path so much I had to try to find the trail again. It takes you along the entire shoreline of the park and I stopped to have lunch and hang out by the water multiple times. The trail also has backcountry sites you can stay at as well. definitely a must!

backpacking
4 months ago

This trail is a great workout if you are going for a day hike, if you are going backpacking i recommend you go light, and i mean no more than 15 kg if you dont want to struggle, unless you are in excellent shape. Its a nice trail but it has a lot of elevation changes and challenging terrain, its not a bad thing but just to have in mind. All camping sites are really cool with nice views to the lakes. So the hike is totally worth it. Recommend bringing trekking poles and if you are concerned about ticks or mosquitoes as i am, cover yourself up as there are sections where you will have to go right in between the bushes. One thing i found peculiar is that all 5 camping sites are right on the path of the trail so even though its not busy expect to see the odd hiker passing by right next to you. Toilet on site 529 is not marked. Took a while to find it on a little path behind a big rock literally by site 529 west of the picnic table. In short its a nicw trail but it is also challenging so be prepared for it! :)

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.

Ran into plenty of wildlife, a few more snakes, mosquitoes and deer flies than we would have liked but overall quite a beautiful hike with somewhat challenging terrain. Prepare for bugs if you’re hiking in july!!

backpacking
4 months ago

There is not a more beautiful hike in Ontario, in my opinion. It is for more experienced hikers and would absolutely rate this one has hard, as opposed to moderate considering some of the elevations and hiking requisite knowledge required. Trip preparation and proper gear is essential, but absolutely worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

The trail kicked my ass, but I want to go back when it's a little cooler. July during a heat wave was my mistake.

Did this trail as part of the Fall 2017 Haliburton Hike festival. Luckily we had a guide. Amazing viewpoints, challenging and peaceful. Can’t wait to go back and would love to try camping at Sheldon Lake.

backpacking
5 months ago

Challenge for a beginner, but possible for most people to complete. There are enough rocks, loose sticks and roots to be a bit dangerous at times. I didn't see it wet, but I would expect a few spots to be harder than usual if the rocks and roots are slippery. The wildlife at night at the end of June was a symphony all night with the morning filled with birdsong. I only wish there was more trails, or possibly alternate routes around the more dangerous spots so more people might enjoy the whole trail. I also noticed the toilet near 530 was not marked, so I walked a kilometer just looking for where it was until I went into the bush to make a cat hole and found the toilet.

With a friend, hiked the loop clockwise. 5 nights/6 days. Our first big hike. Was tough. Many steep climbs. Rewarding views. Wonderful campsites. Saw very few people along west part and top. More traffic along east side..Amazing hike! Not sure about rating as moderate. When compared to moderate sections of other trails (eg Bruce Trail), I think this Killarney Hike may be difficult.

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

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