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A fairly easy trail until you get to the end, it gets steep and very slippery when wet. I stayed overnight at the H5 site. I'll be back during the summer months to enjoy the water.

This is rough terrain with a lot of ups and downs. We went to just before the loon lake and return with total distance of 19 km. Section between halfway log dump to storm heaven reminds me of a mini version of Garfield Ridge of Pemi loop.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Awesome trail, great views, Grotto caves are awesome!! Go for an ice cold swim :) Wear good hiking boots, it gets very rocky**

Amazing trail, amazing views!

Would absolutely recommend, the views are rewarding and much better than parking at the grotto

I did not hike this trail, but want to report that Bruce Peninsula parks officers indicate this trail is around 8km (close to 5 miles), rather than 16km (close to 10 miles).

We hesitated to do the trail because we had been told a very difficult trail ... we did it and quickly without difficulty (except to find the beginning of trail because it was not obvious we had followed stupidly people who just went to the beach). It is a beautiful hike with great views, we had a lunch break and a nap on the beach before the grotto (the grotto and its surroundings are unfortunately too busy for us, we preferred to take a break in a place just as pleasant but without anyone). Insects were not very present, still plan good hiking shoes.

if you take the deer trail at the folk or take the low deer trail to folk. water crossing is a must. otherwise stick to marked trail!!!

We started first thing in the morning in July to avoid the heat. 11.70 Canada bucks for parking at halfway log dump lot. The first gravel section thru the Forest was invested with mosquitos so come prepared with bug spray!! Trail is fun with short up and down elevation changes along the way. Nice smell of pine trees thru the Forest. Beautiful turquoise water cliff views. The terrain is very rough and rocky especially the large rocky beach part so hiking shoes are a must. Grotto was beautiful but crowded, we stopped there for lunch. Lots of swimmers (would have been fun to do if we were prepared for that). The way back seemed longer than the way there, but probably because rocky terrain was taking a toll on our feet. Trail took us 5hrs to complete including our breaks. I would rate it as moderate. And I would recommend doing if you can’t get a reservation at the grotto lot. Happy hiking!

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4 months ago

Amazing trail. Where proper shoes so your ankles don’t roll on the rocks!

Great hike and beautiful views. Very rocky, shoes are a must.

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4 months ago

Didn't get to complete the entire trail, but made it a little over 60%. It was absolutely gorgeous! very muddy and slippery at some parts though as it rained the day before. I'm not an intermediate hiker, quite new to it and still managed well. some parts are very rocky! Did some off trailing as well and it was challenging. The views make it 100% worth it.

It was a wet day though. We were with our raincoats. a decent of 5 hrs at a normal pace is good to complete the 15 kms out and back. The first half to Storm Haven is not easy.Second half is good. It is definitely worth the beauty of the place... it involves two rocky stretches..if you are fit, its a cake walk...

wasn't insanely hard but was more difficult than most. lots of elevation changes, lots of rock.

This is not a strenuous hike if you are fit and used to hiking. Parks Canada say this will take 6 hours, and is severely difficult, it's not, we completed it in three. Granted the path isn't "smooth" take care, and maybe avoid if wet, there are some parts where I had to scramble a little, but if you have proper hiking footwear you're fine. If your hiking is usually flat along a gravel path, maybe book a parking spot at the grotto, or just check out boulder beach.

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