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1 day ago

Power hiked the ascents and ran the flats/descents. Several amazing views packed into a relatively short trail. Trailhead sign isn't lying about the steep ascents/descents and slippery sections. Roughly ten stream crossings, some over boulders, but overall trail is easy to navigate. Worth the effort, one of the best trails in Ontario!

Simply unbelievable. The moment when you leave the forested area and see the pictured rocks for the first time is breathtaking.

Beautiful short hike ! Lots of guests swimming off the rocks, so if you're interested in that bring a bathing suit. I would also recommend running shoes so you don't slip off the rocks.

While I have been living in Chicago for the past year and am completely nature deprived, I believe this hike to be one of the most scenic I have done, and that is saying a lot! It had everything I wanted in a hike - dense forest, moss, ferns, mushrooms, cliffs, clear blue water, gorgeous views, sandy beaches, etc....I would highly recommend. We started at 1pm and finished at 7:20pm due to stopping and taking so many photos! It was foggy and spooky starting out then the sun broke through and all the landscape could be seen! I also liked how flipping quiet it was on the trail! While the parking lot was completely full, we were by ourselves the whole time. Yay! Hike this trail.

Awesome trail! Has it all - woods, waterfalls, cliffs with gorgeous views of pictured rocks, beach. We were fans of the clockwise path. Only complaint is the crowds, everyone wants a piece of the action. We clocked in at 12.4 miles on this loop, not sure if all our sidebars for pics adds the extra mileage.

We made this into a 4 mile one-way hike. We hiked from the Upper to the Lower falls, along what the signs called the "river trail." I would rate it as an easy hike, able to be done by children as well as adults.

Clearly marked, but slightly muddy in some spots depending on the time of year. We went in July and I had to go around 2-3 muddy spots about 3 feet wide. Not a big deal at all.

There are some very lopsided wooden bridges/walkways that cross the streams. We think the wooden support beams sank into the mud, creating a very sloped surface. If nothing else, this only adds to the charm of the trail and offers some interesting photo ops!

For the most part, the trail follows the river closely, such that you get some great views along the way. We hiked it in the late afternoon and didn't get eaten by mosquitoes, although had we done this later in the day it could have been a different story!

Highly recommend for those who want to hike but aren't up for the entire 10 mile trail! Plus, its a great way to get from one fall to the other, rather than driving.

This trail track IS NOT THE TRAPERS TRAIL,
It seems to be a manual track of an old, very old path that does not even exist elsewhere than on some wrong topo maps

So many amazing views. It was about 10 miles and over 5 hours. It was worth every minute. It is Very hilly.

This trail is super fun! We just hiked it this weekend and we did the entire 10.1 miles. If your hiking the entire 10.1 the trail is not an easy one. Going one way I would say the trail is moderate. My 5,8,and 10 year all hiked the entire 10.1, so it can be done. Just plan on being sore the next day! Enjoy!!

This trail isn't hard to backpack and the views are breathtaking. The mosquitoes were not bad and we saw a deer.

Beautiful hike with stunning cliff top views. Huge bang for your buck as this trail is not difficult and offers a huge array of scenery. Winding forest trails, waterfalls, clifftop views and vistas of the lake and pictured rocks, time on the beach, and some gorgeous young growth forest.
I recommend LOTS of deet, and packing a lunch to eat on the cliffs.

This trail was gorgeous! It definitely says Moderate when you’re hiking not Easy. Lots of ups and downs but we loved it!

Beautiful trail with diverse scenery. Did the loop in about 5 hours with some stopping to take pictures. The road to the parking area is terrible however, be prepared to have your entire car shake for about 3 miles.

Easy short hike to falls. Very busy. Hope they were about to clean toilets in the park so bad couldn’t even go in.

Beautiful trail that covers diverse terrain. Waterfalls, forests, cliffs. Beautiful sandy beaches. We took about 7 hours to hike this trail. That included several stops at the beach and breathtaking views of the pictured rocks. This trail has it all.

Wonderful short hike with a great view of the waterfall.

Not an easy trail for the passive hiker, elderly, or small children. Beautiful views of the Lake in the end. Really enjoyed this short hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Question: Has anyone partaken in cliff jumping at pictured rocks and if so, where did you park and which trail did you take? I am looking to capture some photos and I only have a day so I am looking for the quickest route.

Beautiful views at every turn! The whole trail took us 4.5 hours with stopping to take a lot of pictures. Don’t miss this one!

Did the loop counterclockwise, we preferred this, were able to relax and enjoy the outstanding Chapel Falls first before ascending to the lengthy but stunning trek along the Pictured Rocks coastline, then weaved back through the woods along Mosquito. Totally worth it, challenging only due to the length of the moderate trail, 10.5 miles of often exposed roots to climb, nothing too bad though, we hiked it in a cold July mist and just found it that much more enjoyable.

Great trail and beautiful views don’t miss it

Great shade, a little muddy in spots.

Amazing views!! A mostly well groomed trail

I just walked this trail with a couple of friends on 07/22/18 and it was GORGEOUS!!
We loved the variety of sights along the way. Every time the trail made a turn, you were greeted with nature's beauty. :-)
We walked the full Chapel Trail Mosquito Falls Loop trail counter-clockwise, but in retrospect, we should have started our hike with Mosquito Falls as the last few miles were definitely more of a challenge than the first three! I would strongly suggest that if you have orthopedic issues (knee/ankle/back) you don't leave the challenge to the end of the hike.
I would still do this trail again!

Loved it! Nice long trail filled with deciduous and evergreen trees and a gorgeous shoreline.

Absolutely beautiful views! The trail for the lower falls goes up and down a lot, so if you're out of shape be prepared for that. I think this trail is probably more moderate than easy, but it's so very worth it.

We started from the lower falls campground, site 145. If you go to the bottom of that loop, there is a small loop trail that takes you down to lower falls. We took the the branch going east to start, and it's about .7 miles of really nice pine forrest trail. After exploring the lower falls, we took the .3 mile board walk around the north of the falls and to the start of the official "4 mile trail" to upper falls.

Depending on how often and where you've hiked before, you'll have different feelings on this trail. For me, it was average scenery, mostly through woods but occasionally along the river. The trail is very rooty and has a couple of hills at the start of the 4 mile trail and near the end. Nothing too difficult. I'm sure it's due to time of year (mid July), but several sections of this trail are very overgrown with weeds. The trail is always easy to see, but you'll be fighting overgrowth for about 15% of the trail.

At upper falls you will have to negotiate a bunch of stairs to see the falls. Make sure you go to the end of the boardwalk for best view.

After we were done, we turned around and hiked back. Once we got to lower falls, we got in the water, which was surprisingly warm, then headed back on the shorter "western" leg of the loop up to lower falls campsite. There are nice markers at the intersections with picture of the trail map so you'll know what I mean when you see it.

For this loop I had it measured via Garmin at 9.7 miles. If you walk all the way up upper falls park to the actual falls, I could see it being 10+.

The walk is very easy here, you can even walk up the waterfall if it is shallow enough. One of my favorite waterfalls!

This trail is absolutely beautiful! Chapel rock, chapel falls, and mosquito falls are all wonderful!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike to the falls, easy for the kiddos too!

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