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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 20, 2020
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Easy going.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 16, 2020
HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

Yesterday I hiked from Halfway Log Dump to Stormhaven. It was an amazing experience. I wanted to get to Grotto but I didn’t want to hiked in the dark, so I cut my trip short.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 13, 2020
BackpackingGreat!
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 12, 2020
HikingGreat!

Breathtaking trail!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 12, 2020
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Well marked. As others have noted proper footwear is essential. Different types of terrain; foresty to rocky beaches. Grotto was underwhelming but the views off the cliffs along the way such as at Cave Point were wonderful.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 11, 2020
HikingGreat!Rocky
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 8, 2020
HikingFeeGreat!Rocky

The route from Halfway Log Dump to the Grotto is a spectacular, picturesque, challenging adventure. From the Day Use Parking at Halfway Log Dump ($27.50 for 2 people), the initial trail to the Bay is a few easy km. The beachhead is stunning with a tumbled, white, rocky shoreline with expansive views of Georgian Bay. The trail to the Grotto will challenge you with its uneven and ever-changing rocky terrain (estimate ½ hr per km in this stretch) but reward you with stunning cliffside views of the wild and natural shoreline. Proper footwear, gear and attention are required to avoid ankle twists and falls. Bear and rattlesnakes are a very real possibility along this remote hike section, be prepared. If you get into trouble, use the numbered markers every few hundred metres to identify your location to authorities. Along your hike, you’ll enjoy vibrant forest smells made up of cedars, pines, mosses and wet rocks. Towards your goal of the Grotto, Indian Head Cove and the Natural Arch (consider going a little further to the Overhang – another 1.5km if your time allows), it gets busier with hikers from Cypress Lake campground … you may wish again for the quiet naturalness of your forest hike. The biggest challenge you may face is the logistics of the hike (there and back or end to end). The Grotto limits parking access to a 4-hour window, so unless you have 2 vehicles for an end to end hike, the Grotto 4-hour limitation severely limits your hiking distance. We actually hiked the span from Halfway Log Dump past the Grotto on to Little Cove Rd parking. That earned us 40,000+ steps, 30 km and some sore muscles. Well worth every step.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 3, 2020
HikingFeeGreat!Scramble

I backpacked into Stormhaven to camp before continuing onto the Grotto. Beautiful views and terrain all the way along the coast. Lots of rocky ups and downs totalling about 1500 ft cumulative elevation gain. It was a little more challenging with large packs but worth it to spend a couple of nights on the beach.

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Ryan Spilar reviewed High Dump Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 3, 2020
HikingRocky

The hike to high dump from half log dump is a relatively moderate 8km trail meandering along the Tobermory coastal bluffs. When you are not weaving in and out of the forests edge, you are treated to breathtaking views of Georgian Bay with flower pot island in the distance. The hike itself is of moderate difficulty, however when complicated by the elements as we were, the difficulty level is elevated to a moderate +. Broken and uneven ground is littered with rounded and worn rocks making flat ground a rare comfort. The rocks become very very slippery. The final leg of this hike is topped off with a 100 foot descent along a permanently installed climbing rope down to the beach. Please use extra care at this juncture. Overall this was a pleasant hike and would have been nicer with nicer weather. Pre-Installed bear bag poles made for a welcome surprise at the end of a long day. Definitely a trail to add to the list. Enjoy!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 27, 2020
Hiking

Great hike along the beach and up to Cave Point! Awesome views of the escarpment and Georgian Bay! And crystal clear waters!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 22, 2020
Hiking

This trail is well worth it! Littered continuously with great lookouts into the crystal blue waters and rock outcroppings. Many of these photograph better than the grotto itself. The visitor center is closed, so you self-pay (see picture). Many people are just going to the Halfway Log Dump (which is an amazing spot in and of itself), so I expect there's turnover in parking. We followed the amazing coast taking pictures for a while, and were able to find an off-trail connection to the trail that involves a bit of easy climbing (see recording). The trail moves up and down a lot, so you get plenty of accesses to the water. The last part of the trail closer to the grotto is through the stone beach, very uneven and wobbly, so quite taxing. We looped around Horse lake, which is a dirt road on the west, and mulch on the east. We took the inland trail back, which starts like a regular trail but then connects with a dirt/gravel road used by cyclists and vehicles. later it uses an old snowmobile trail to connect back just before the parking lot. this one is fairly even with few ups and downs, so much easier than the original for the way back.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 19, 2020
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We hiked from the halfway log dump to the Grotto and looped back. It was a morning hike, so that we were able to find a parking spot at halfway log dump parking area. The earlier you arrive, it is better to get a parking space. It is not an easy trail, and I would recommend wearing proper shoes and carrying lots of water. Along the trail, it was not that crowded, but the Grotto was a bit crowded. Although the GPS recorded the loop that we hiked as 13 km and 4 hours, my Fitbit record says it was 18.5 km and 4 hours. The same thing happened when we hike the lions head trail. Just be prepared that GPS is not that sensitive to your little movements. In total we spend around 6 hours, including having lunch at the beach and eating snacks at one of the lookouts. Overall, it was a great hike; there were a few beaches along the way and a few lookouts.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 18, 2020
HikingGreat!

Love this trail! It took us just under 4 hours of hiking time total - but we stopped lots to take in the beautiful views, so we made a day of it. I would definitely not classify this as “hard” but there is lots of ups and downs. Someone who may find this a challenge can give themselves more time and go slowly.

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Faye Kennedy reviewed High Dump Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 15, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

It took us exactly two hours to hike from the Halfway Dump parking lot to High Dump campsite, but our pace was quick as we were racing a setting sun. There are a few places that are a bit of a scramble, and there is a rope to help you down the last steep part. Nice trail! Easier than expected.

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cynthia dle reviewed High Dump Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 14, 2020
Hiking

Magnifique rando agréable, se fait plus rapidement, j'ai vraiment pris le temps d'arrêter voir les paysages. Plusieurs campings rustiques disponibles jusqu'à Tadoussac.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 7, 2020
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the trail itself is ok but the grotto is super worth it.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 1, 2020
Hiking

challenging trail with fantastic views along the way!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 31, 2020
HikingGreat!
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
WalkingMuddyRocky

Did the round trip. Since we were not able to reserve parking at the Grotto, we decided to hike all the way from the Halfway Log Dump to the Grotto as recommended by a lot of other hikers. I would say this trail is difficult with a lot of up & down hills inside the forest and rocky beaches. Make sure you wear proper hiking shoes, bring enough snacks and water. I didn’t wear proper hiking shoes and the hike really hurt my feet. It took us (casual hikers) about 3.5 hours one way - we spent time taking pictures, took our time and rested plenty along the way. You will see a nice rocky beach around the beginning of the trail, but it is not the actual route. The route starts on the left hand side before you reach the rocky beach. Once you are in the forest, make sure you follow the white marks on the trees. It took us about 2 hours to go from the start to Storm Haven (mid point), then another 1.5 hours to the Grotto. We saw a lot of people giving up near Storm Haven, or even some families who were not able to walk back from the Grotto back to Halfway Log Dump parking. So make sure you come prepared! Once again, proper footwear, sufficient water and snacks are key. Bring swimwear if you are planning to swim. Overall, very nice and challenging trail but the views were totally worth it.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
Hiking

We only walked from parking lot to the rock beach because we were tired out from earlier hikes. It’s a wide trail, almost like a road to the beach. Water was beautiful. Bathrooms at parking lot and near beach.

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