Explore the most popular Camping trails in Algonquin Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did the 19km loop counter clockwise and camped 1 night at Provoking west. Beautiful campsite and amazing views. Going back this weekend not sure exactly what to expect but hopefully snow.

loved every minute of this trail I highly recommend it

I did this trail on Friday Oct. 25th and saw only a few other people. It was really lovely! Some beautiful views and a decent challenge.

1ST ever solo hike. Did this one at the end of October. Temperature was just about 8C during the day and just below freezing at night. Cloudy weather with some rain and drizzles. Typical fall conditions. 3D/2N to complete the big loop. Did this clockwise. Trail along Proving East to Harness was hilly and a bit challenging on the first day as pack was at the heavier side but no complaints though. Seen squirrels, chipmunks and a grouse. No big animals as hoped. No hikers either. My tracker showed 19k from the trailhead to Harness Lake. Set up tent on the 1st campsite as it had everything I wanted in a site. Scenic with lots of flat tent spots. Opening to the lake had flat rocks which provided a good view of Harness. Next site down was even amazing with the flat rocks going further into the lake. 2nd day hike to Provoking West was much better with a mix of up, down and flat sections. Much appreciated on the 2nd day. My hike was a bit more relaxed than yesterday for sure. Markers were not that good in this portion. Had to check my gps (Alltrails) quite a bit to make sure I was on track. No hikers, no big animals seen. Once I got to Provoking West, I had planned on setting up tent on the 2nd site which was on a side trail but I was not able to find it at first. Somehow, to get to this site you have to go through another campsite to get to it. The site area was smaller but had a good view of Provoking. Bordered by rocks on the lake side. Not a lot of flat spots for bigger tents but I had a 2P so no biggie. Next day was a shorter hike to the trailhead. Overall, I had fun on this trip. Really enjoyed it.

on Centennial Ridges Trail

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muddy
24 days ago

This is an incredible trail, we almost didn’t do it and so glad we did! Took our time and stopped along the way, 4 hours total. Would rate as easy-moderate. Not too tired after. Suggest doing the loop backwards for the most spectacular view early in the morning- wish we had. Monday, not too busy felt like we had it mostly to ourselves just saw a couple people. 10.30-14.30. Enjoy!

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1 month ago

Very easy trail with hardly any traffic even on Thanksgiving weekend. Perfect place for a stroller nap time :) .

Nice views but if you’re serious about wildlife watching and enjoying nature then steer clear of this trail. There is so many tourist types walking and yelling at all times that you feel like you’re in a public mall not on a nature hike

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muddy
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Took the eastern path and did an out-and-back 40km route over 3 days (Oct 4-6). Path was very easy to follow even with all the fallen leaves - no worry of getting lost. Has some more challenging sections (more inclines/declination) that start about 7km in. Bit tricky to see the rocks/roots with all the fallen leaves, so take extra care where you step to avoid injury. Great time for moose sightings - we saw three!

Fantastic views. But feels like being in the mall with all the people.

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1 month ago

Went there on a quite weekday and finished it in 2 and a half hours. Although it is only 9.8 km it felt like a long one. All the good views are on the ridges on the other side of the loop so you have to do the whole hike. The trail is somewhat rugged but I would rate it as a moderate hike.

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1 month ago

Went Saturday Oct 5 2019 with 2 kids, 6 and 9. Although the trail is long and lots of up and downs, it is not difficult to walk. Lots of great lookouts and it was the perfect weekend to see the fall colours. Lots of people on the trail though. We got there at 9:15 and the parking lot was full. We were the 2nd car to park at the entrance of the parking lot. When we finished around 3:30 pm, the cars were parked 2 km away from the parking lot along the road! Definitely get there early during peak season.

This was an easy fun trail with lots of beautiful stop and view spots. We did it with out dog just fine, wasn't much traffic on trail at the time, which was peaceful. (1st time recorded trail, still learning)

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1 month ago

Completed the 3rd loop clockwise in a bit more than 72 hours. Weather is awesome (a treat), terrain is moderate, and there were zero bugs around during this very dry season. The trail is quite nicely maintained and very well marked, which makes for easy navigation. Dead leaves covered everything after last week's fall storm - beautiful, but beware! This may pose a major hazard as it makes discerning obstacles (potholes, rocks, dead branches) beneath the camouflage extremely hard. Ankle sprain could be common. So pay extra attention when you traverse under such condition.

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washed out
1 month ago

The wooden stairs are extremely dangerous when wet, especially without an handrails! Although the scenery around the lake is beautiful and the information provided in the booklet is excellent and well written, there are dangerous aspects of the trail itself that require careful consideration and improvement for the safety of all but especially those with physical challenges. The wooden stairs are lacking hand rails for support and security. When wet they propose a dangerously slippery hazard. I was disappointed to see the heavily eroded condition of the trail overall from excessive usage over the years. Is this what is happening to our provincial parks?

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1 month ago

nice easy trail. good warm up if you want to try more challenging trails. good views for photos

Loved this trail! It's a must if you are in the area.

anyone up for doing this trail this Saturday? (5th October) if yes, email me: manhar @ gmail

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1 month ago

easy hike, saw some wildlife

Did this trail yesterday, it took me 3 hours with minimal breaks at the top of the ridges. I would rate the trail more easy-moderate, especially if you have experience. There are lots of rocks and exposed roots so I would recommend wearing hiking boots. Make sure to get there nice and early - returned to the parking lot at 11am and it was packed.

Did this trail on September 29th 2019. Some steep sections, but definitely worth doing. You pass by a few amazing lookouts and 2 beaver ponds with dams. If you’re going to do 1 trail at Algonquin I highly recommend this one. It took us 3.5 hours at a fair pace with minimal stopping.

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muddy
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful!! Not a difficult trail.

We have done many trails in Algonquin and this is hands down the best one. We stopped and did photos and lunch and the trail took us 4 hours 15 minutes (30 minutes not moving), we also passed many people. Time wise I would not expect to do this in under 3 hours unless you were moving and only had a quick break. Plan for 4 if you are fit but want to stop and enjoy the lookouts.

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rocky
1 month ago

A nice, moderate difficulty trail. Lots of exposed rock, so it is slippery when wet.

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