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Easy little trail, nice way to escape some of the crowds around the big falls!

Stunning! The first portion is a little dull (biking it would certainly cut down on time!), but once you’re past Tee Harbour, things start to get interesting. The top section would likely benefit from more trail markers, but it’s fine. The views are absolutely incredible and well worth the steep climb!

My family and I traveled from Wisconsin, USA to hike this trail and it did not disappoint. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. The first part of the trail goes down past Seal Point lookout. It is about 3 miles long and is quite flat, but follows the shore line, so you get to hear the lapping of the waves. You reach a couple of check-marks along the way, but make sure to stay to the right and follow the trail signs.

When you actually reach the Sleeping Giant trail, the climb is pretty steep with roots and rocks and a lot of undergrowth that obscures the trail a bit. When you make it to the very top there is a sign that points you to a 2km trail along the ridge—do it! You’ll come to a few different false lookouts, but continue on and you’ll reach a lookout with a few trails veering off. Take the one going into the forest, follow it for awhile and follow the blue arrows. You’ll come to an absolutely gorgeous lookout over Lake Superior. The ravine is beautiful and you can hear the echoes of the birds.

It’s a long hike, but the view at the end is totally worth it!

hiking
19 days ago

I'm heading up Top of the Giant Trail from Kabeyun Trail/Talus Lake Trail and hoped someone who had already hiked it could confirm if there are any water sources on the way that can be accessed to filter water. Thanks,

Long hike in but it is relatively flat compared to the chest. Once reaching the top of the giant trail head you pass a really nice lake. The trail starts to become pretty strenuous as the trail begins to zig zag it’s way up the cliff side. The hike offers amazing views!! One thing I noticed upon reaching the top is that you need to continue hiking until you find the chimney chute route which climbs between two massive cliffs. There is not a lot of trail markers at the top to direct you but don’t get discouraged.

beautiful view, didn't find it as hard as listed.

hiking
1 month ago

Just did this hike with my son yesterday and the view from the top was spectacular! The hike was moderate for part of the way and then became difficult for the last 4K climb to the top. 100% worth every sore muscle I have today!

great hike! beautiful falls at the end

Wonderful reward for the effort in the hike. The views from the Knees of the Giant are breathtaking!!

My Favourite Spot

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed it

Excellent view, decent day hike!

backpacking
2 months ago

The trail actually continues on past the fire tower lookout trail, passes by Talus Lake and several other small lakes and eventually connects with the bottom half of the Top of the Giant trail. So you can do a complete loop if you continue on the Kabeyun Trail back to the parking lot. A challenging hike with incredible views! Peregrine Falcons seen on the cliffs along Talus Lake.

Great trail...lots of steep hills especially near summit. Indications after Sawyer Hill trail are far and few in between. Need to follow blue diamonds but there aren't many. There are no benches or other lookouts on the way. Once at the top...views are nice but hard to confirm we were ins right spot. We didn't see any wildlife and no one else at this time of year!

hiking
10 months ago

Trail is nice but signage at the peak becomes difficult to discern. There is no indication of the end of the trail and thus I was left wondering "am I in the right spot? is this it?"

Beautiful views once you are at the top. Tough ascent and descent.

Lots of mud at the end.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Absolutely amazing hike. Lots of vistas to stop and admire the view from, and the final vista is amazing. Beautiful lake as well before ascending the Giant, where we saw Common Goldeneye ducks with babies. The first 8 km are very flat--after that it's a steep, yet challenging and rewarding climb. Highly recommend.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great all day hike with rewarding view! If you plan well and start early, this trail is rewarding enough for kids. I brought mine, ages 10, 8, and just 6. Up to this hike they had not been over 10 miles in a day so we brought hybrid bikes to pedal the Kabeyun portion of the trail(about 7.5km). Kabeyun is a fairly flat trail with some rocks and tree roots to navigate around and quite wide so very comfortable for a young cyclist. At the base of the Top of Giant trail there is a bike rack that can hold 12 bikes. We locked ours as did the other couple that used the rack. Trail up is steep but isn't long enough to make kids complain too much and there are a few views through the trees for entertainment. View from the top is worth the hike for kids. We saw no other kids on the trail that day. Tea Harbor makes a great pit stop on the return as well and is a fairly private backcountry campsite with a sandy beach.

on Talus Lake Trail

Monday, August 22, 2016

Incredible views from the top- beautiful beaches below

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The little falls was quite a gem at the end of this one. Nice walk and well maintained

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Critical part of getting to the head and chest, lots of hills ends with ice cold superior water

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Beautiful views, interesting history, easy quick walk.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Nice trail, great look out points. But be careful, lots of bear poop on trails!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Nice trail, well kept, some muddy and steep climbs followed by flat paths.

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