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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!
I like the Spruce Bog boardwalk trail for the birdwatching (first time I've ever seen Grey Jays!), and the fact that it's accessible to all. I went during the early spring (late March) when there was still snow on the ground and while it was relatively busy, it was still enjoyable as a family outing with young kids.
This is not a maintained trail in winter you'll need to park at Mizzy Lake. In the summer you can just park at the parking lot. Despite being on a kilometer there is a fair bit of elevation gain. The lookout at the very end makes the whole trail worth it.
Old growth white pines!!! They are huge. As far as Southern Ontario goes to see a tree that wasn't logged in the 1900's is a very rare sight. The trail is quite easy except for the last little bit when there's a few large up and downs. The trail is quite packed down in winter hiking boots will suffice but it's always fun to strap on the snowshoes.
There's a few up and downs but for the most part a fairly easy trail. Great cliff viewpoint then the trail fallows the cliff or should I say Bluff. If you got an hour in the summer or 2 in the winter I'd suggest this trail. Its not on the Algonquin winter guide so it's less packed down so snowshoes are pretty useful.
The parking lot is not plowed in the winter but you can park at Mizzy lake and walk up. This trail is super short and the whole point of it is for tree identification. In the summer it's the easiest trail and great for kids. Its the same parking lot as Hardwood lookout so if your feeling you've got a little extra energy might as well tackle this one also. I saw a ton of moose tracks and excrement along this trail. My guess is it's a popular moose hangout in the winter because its not very popular trail in the winter.
A really nice walk that traverses a variety of habitats, such as ponds, bogs, hardwood forest, spruce groves and pine barrens. I went at a very leisurely pace to look for wildlife and did it in about 6 hours; it can easily be done in half that time but then you'd miss out on what you could see.This is the longest of the park's interpretive trails so I would suggest to make a day of it and enjoy.The guide here says the elevation gain is over 2000 ft; that is far from true. The walk is mostly level with minimal ups and downs. Part of the trail is on an old railroad bed and boardwalks are placed over the wet areas. I would still wear a heavy pair of boots as other parts of the trail can get pretty wet and muddy. Be sure to take the side trail near the north end of the loop, it's about a 30 minute detour that goes to what are called "bear's nests", explained in the guide you get at the trailhead. On my walk I saw Spruce Grouse, a Red Fox, a bull Moose and literally hundreds of turtles basking in one of the ponds. Note that dogs are not allowed on this trail so as not to disturb the wildlife.