Highland Backpacking Trail is a 36.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nipissing, Ontario, Canada that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
36 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,549 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

backpacking
1 month ago

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.

backpacking
1 month 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!)

2 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

backpacking
7 months ago

Great. Trail ,lots of contrasting scenery and well marked

backpacking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

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!

backpacking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Loved it!

backpacking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

My personal favorite of the three backpacking trails in Algonquin. It is two loop options 19 and 25km. Terrain is relatively challenging and a good variety of terrain and backcountry campsites on scenic lakes. I saw several moose on the trail when I completed this trail over two days, and even heard some wolves howling in the foggy morning!

backpacking
8 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

recorded Highland Backpacking Trail

hiking
1 month ago

camping
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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hiking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

Saturday, September 09, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Monday, September 04, 2017

backpacking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016