Explore the most popular lake 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.

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

Today is Sunday, June 17, 2018. I arrived at the lookout point about a half hour ago and am embracing the breeze and the escape from the bugs! For all those hiking his today, your welcome for clearing the millions of cobwebs! lol. The hike is generally fairly tame, but the ascent to the lookout point is quite the chore! Especially the never ending staircase! All in all a good hike, will depart the lookout in just a few minutes for the last half.

This trail is incredible. Definitely more difficult than regional trails like Track and Tower, but offers plenty of spots for views and rest breaks, if needed. I would also advise that hiking this trail should be done during weekdays in fall, for optimal fall foliage and fewer hikers. It is definitely a great hike to do with friends, and will help keep you in shape.

This trail is quality for anyone who enjoys a little challenge, with incredible views. I believe it is best hiked in fall or late summer, to keep the bugs fewer and less intrusive. The fall offers stunning views of colourful Canadian forests.

Holy crap! If you wanna get in shape real quick do this trail a couple times! Great hike, fantastic views, a little muddy in spots. Make use of those streams, especially during the final quarter and dip your hands and cool your head. The billboard at the beginning of the trail says 6 hours, I did it in just over 4.5. Bring lots of water, bug dope, and snacks for energy. Hiking 101. When you reach the sign after tying the loop, you get a sudden burst of energy. Harness it! Keep a cold beer in a cooler in your vehicle and enjoy it when you return. It’ll be the best dam drink you ever had!

trail running
22 days ago

Loved this trail. Because of the climbs, a little more challenging than some of the other trails I've done in Algonquin. Have been waiting all winter for access to this trail to open up again so I can do it again:) great views.

trail running
22 days ago

Beautiful mix of scenery. I ran this trail with my dogs in the early spring, lots and lots of ice and where there wasn't ice the was mud, but that's when you get when you run in the woods in early spring! I would imagine this trail would have a lot of bugs once the ground thaws.. but this is one of my favourites so far:)

backpacking
28 days ago

Second time doing the loop at the bottom end of the Western Highlands, accessed from Hwy60, and it was amazing. I happened to pick the perfect weekend (2nd weekend in May) which was perfect hiking temperature of around 14C in the day, but a but chilly at night (around 3C) but the best thing ... zero bugs! And I mean zero. Hit the window between not too cold, and before they hatched. My first time on this trail, last year, was incredibly wet and I didn't have the right boots, so felt like I was "portaging" around wash-outs on the trail all day long, and took me 2.5 days (2 camps) to get through. This time I had proper boots and it wasn't as wet - and did the loop in 9.8hrs hiking. Even so, I did spend a night a Maggie Lake which was amazing. I live in Toronto so I drive up and stay at a hote/motel in Huntsville the night before so as to get an early start. Great hike that's totally do-able in a weekend for Torontonians.

backpacking
29 days ago

1st backpacking trip. Finished 40km in 3 days and it was absolutely beautiful. Definitely suggest going before it gets too hot and the bugs are all out. There was still some snow on parts of the trail and a lot of flooding throughout.

1 month ago

I almost die at this trail. In an early May’s night, I came to No.10 stick- that is, the bank of Bat lake. The lake is iced, so I don’t know the road is cross the lake or along the lake. I went cross the lake and finally lost the way. Luckily, I didn’t fall into ice lake. Thanks Load.

nature trips
1 month ago

great Algonquin trail and well-marked!

backpacking
1 month ago

One of my favourite Ontario trails!

hiking
2 months ago

Winter/Spring no lake cuz it’s frozen so I’ll have to go back
18.88km on my device.. makes an extra 30-45 min
Great trail!

Have done this trail many times. It’s my favourite trail closest to Toronto! Hiked it yesterday, road is closed during the winter so add 2km each way to your hike. The sign at the trailhead says the trail is 10km but every time I have done it my devices have shown around 13km. In the snow yesterday it was about 16.5 km and took us 6 hours. Winter hiking is not my thing, but the trail is still fantastic! Highly recommend!

backpacking
3 months ago

Great. Trail ,lots of contrasting scenery and well marked

Nice little hike, not overly challenging even for children. I've done it many times over the years, including in the winter (icy on the cliff).

Beautiful and demanding cross country trail in Algonquin Provincial park. The trail starts at the West Gate. There is plenty of parking space. There is a warming hut at a half distance. The trail is always nicely groomed by the provincial park staff. This is a trail not to be missed.

backpacking
5 months ago

Great trail, well traveled in summer but thins out in fall. Nice campsites lakeside along the way.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Hiked the trail in December with snowshoes (though they were not really needed). Nice variety of things to see from different forests, to ice formations, to scenic views.

Great hike. Lots of wildlife and well marked and easy trail. A little hard on the knees bring a hiking pole. Winter camped along it, amazing

backpacking
7 months ago

Very wooded trail. Very beautiful lake views at campsites. I recommend the campsite at Eau Lake. Very quiet and private single site with water access. Although many report wildlife, I did not experience any encounters of such.

hiking
7 months ago

Finished the loop with 5 hours. Beautiful view made the whole hiking full of exciting. Very wet and uneven surface, rain boots or waterproof boots could be more helpful.

hiking
7 months ago

Complete this trail with my wife and dog for 4 hours. Very beautiful view at 7 point. Forgot to open this App as it’s a new one in my iPhone.

hiking
7 months ago

We did this trail in the winter of 2017 (February) with our daughters 4 and 3, very scenic trail . Would definitely recommend hiking this loop in the winter weather

backpacking
8 months ago

Very good for me but my wife had a difficult time. Very muddy in a lot of sections. Lots of rocks and roots.

First half is best. Turn back at stop 5 for a good 2 hour hike. Took 4 hours to do the whole thing

We finished the trail in 4 hours including stopping for pictures and breaks. The view is stunning.

hiking
8 months ago

great educational trail on beaver with very nice views.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Took 4 hours to complete the loop from car park - including breaks along the way. The ridges are beautiful and can be seen throughout the trail. There are various types of terrain, wet and uneven surfaces which makes this hike more challenging but it's not difficult. Proper footwear (trail running shoes or hiking boots) helps a lot.

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