Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

My favourite trail. Short and sweet.

Trail is well maintained and well marked easy to navigate. Some of the wood bridges need to be rebuilt. Views were ok, spent all of the second day in thick brush/vegetation. Campsites are dated and could use a revamp, most do not have anywhere to sit or a proper fire pit. It was a fun and challenging trail but I doubt I'll do it again.

18 days ago

A short climb reveals breathtaking views of the Barron Canyon. Most of the short hike is along the clifftop with lots of spots to sit for awhile and enjoy the view!

23 days ago

LOVED this trail!!! Just came back from a solo trek along Highland Backpacking Trail ... Technically challenging trail with many hills, rocks, streams, roots; beautiful campsites along Head Lake and Harness Lake! Provoking Lake has some great campsites as well (a few more sites and seems a bit busier... sound does travel! But far less noise than staying in a typical campground!) ... overall I had an amazing experience hiking the two-day trek along this trail! It was well marked, and almost no bugs at this time of year! (The only section where I noticed any bugs at all was the area of the trail near Mosquito Lake... possibly where the name comes from??)
Definitely recommend this trail to anyone seeking a good technically challenging multi-day hike! This trail is also great for first time multi-day hikers because it is well marked with boardwalks to help cross the muddy sections, and even at a slower pace you can get to a campsite on Head Lake by mid afternoon (or just stick to the first loop around Provoking Lake!)

Nice trail, easy enough for kids, and yeah, those big pines are a sight to see!

We hiked this trail with family and friends (kids ages 7-15); the long hill heading up was a nice climb, not too technical; the view at the top was beautiful! We sat along the ridge and enjoyed the view for a while before completing the trail back down; the entire hike was approx one hour (great length for the younger ones!)

Our family did this trail in the winter (kids 5, 8). Had a great time and will be back to this trail in the fall for sure to see all the beautiful colors!

This is a great trail but be forewarned that as of this date, the map on AllTrails is incorrect. The first intersection is not where it shows on this map it is south of Starling Lake. Hiked the big loop in 3 days (2 nights) with my 2 boys. Lucky to see a moose at Head lake on the 2nd night.

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

Amazing views, well marked trail + booklets (to borrow or keep for $0.50. In French or English), and not difficult (non-hikers could do this!)

Quick and short ascension with the most insanely gorgeous Lookout!!! I would do this Trail every single day if I could! Stunning views from the top, truly!
Advice 1: We took up the incredibly comprehensive “trail guide” with us (offered at the trail head - either reuse it or pay $0.50 to take it home) and it was soooo informative. A mini geography/geology lesson mixed in with our short hike, and we loved it! Always cool to learn more about history of the hike you’re on, and it made it last a little longer!
Advice 2: bring a picnic up with you, there are several sturdy/comfy benches to hangout at (and/or boulders), the bugs weren’t too bad, and you can watch people canoeing/kayaking through the river below!
It legit felt like a scene out of Pocahontas or something - amazing!

Great work out for beginners!

6 months ago

Great. Trail ,lots of contrasting scenery and well marked

11 months ago

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Nice maintained trail overlooking a lake. Soil with roots and rock.

on Big Pines Trail

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Wet and muddy after (and during) rain but a lot of fun! Good amount of elevation change, but clear paths.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I recommend this trail if you are looking for something easy with a beautiful view. Took my husband and I an hour to finish this trail and that was with us taking a long time at the top taking pictures and enjoying the view.

Friday, August 25, 2017

the trail has a decent lookout of the landscape surrounding the trail. Not a hard trail to do either!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tough for a first timer on a solo hike, but the campsites are great.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great trail that we were able to do with our 3 year old

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nice trail with beautiful views

Not very easy hike for kids

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fairly flat and easy. Great information in the trail guide.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

One very nice overlook from high over the lake. A great place to stop for lunch. Had a chance to spot a few redheaded voltures there. In late April, the trail was somewhat damaged by fallen trees and the trail was hard to identify at those places. Other than that, it was a nice easy trail. Consider it closer to moderate if you are completely out of shape!

Nice view at the top, close to the road though so traffic noises interfere with the peace.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Beautiful hemlock forest

Friday, March 24, 2017

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!

Monday, January 16, 2017

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.

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