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Sleeping Giant Head Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shuniah, Ontario, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.5 mi Elevation gain 1,801 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers
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Megan Dern
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HikingRocky

Steepest climb in the park. Very intense near the top. Worth the effort!

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Lucian Florea
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Len Day
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HikingGreat!Rocky

I did an "out-and-back" hike to the head of the Sleeping Giant from Marie Louise Drive in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park via the Sawbill Lake, Sawyer Bay, and Kabeyun Trails. Here is a link to my blog detailing my experience including pictures, distances, and elevation changes. https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/49296079/posts/2880608893

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Tegan WL
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Well maintained. The final climb to the top was very difficult, if there was a double black diamond, this would be it! Excellent view!

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Mihai Cosma
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Demanding scramble at the end to get to the head of the giant. Trail is easy otherwise but last 1 km is hard

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Sathaphone Douangmala
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Simon Bilagot
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Nature tripsGreat!

Trail was worth the time and effort. A good workout the last 1.4 km climb to the top. Not muddy even with the heavy rain the night before. Trail to Sawyer Bay was excellent, beyond that a little overgrown. One single viewing point was disappointing. Additional viewing points from differing directions would greatly enhance the experience.

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Justin D'Agosto
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HikingRocky

Don’t let the 1km distance fool you! It’s a black diamond trail and you will get your sweat on. Making it to the top of the head trail is worth the work and you are also rewarded with some fresh wild blueberries. The trail is all up hill just be mindful of that. Overall worth the hike!

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Katherin Julia Bednarz
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We didn’t do the whole trail - only the final Head Trail. It’s black diamond rated (1.4km). Don’t let the short distance fool you - it’s a difficult hike uphill and can be very challenging for some people. Even if it’s hard, the views at the top are rewarding - worth all the sweat!

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Frank W
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HikingRocky

Great trail, toughest we did in the park. The climb is definitely more challenging than the head trail. Awesome views, oh and cell service at the top. Check out Sawyer Bay on the way, beautiful bay.

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Jon Urban
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Started the hike from Marie Louise Campground on July 2nd, 2020. It took me 6 1/2 hours and was a round trip total of just over 22 kms. Some big hills along to Sawyer Bay but easy terrain and well marked signs. Last climb was steep and loose gravel due to a very dry summer to date. I’ve done some scrambles out in Alberta and I swear the steepness of the last climb to The Head was steeper than some out west. Well worth it to see the views.

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Sarah Spwnce
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HikingBugsMuddy

Great trail, even when it’s mostly shaded put sun screen on, beautiful route amazing views, Trees are beautiful smells are amazing lots of wild flowers. Great for dogs!

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Emily Gojsic
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William Burgess
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We did this hike in September 2019. Although rated a moderate hike I would rate it as difficult. The initial 4 miles out is mild to moderate with rolling terrain on a well groomed trail but the last mile up 1500 feet is extremely steep and technical. The stop at Sawyer bay and short hike along the shoreline were a nice change of scenery. Views from the top are outstanding and make the last difficult part worth it. In September we had absolutely no bug problems.

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Shian Tong
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After the relative easy flat beginning for about 6 km to get to the Sawyer Bay, the trail gets 'Extreme'. Straight up for 1.7km, covering elevation change of 1550 ft! Pretty view and the sense of accomplishment is worth the climb. The trail is lightly travelled, with really nice picnic stops on the Sawyer Bay.

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Cameron Raughtigan
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HikingBugs

Easy hike until the trail to the top where it gets quite steep at times. Bugs along the path were quite irritating. Great view at the top though. Took about 4 hours on foot with a few breaks.

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D S
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I regretted not bringing bikes and riding as far as Sawyer Bay. This will save a lot of time. Very nice view at the top. I'd say the climb was a little more steep or difficult than Top of the Giant and Top of the Giant had more and better views but Head Trail still worth the hike. There is no place to pay at the main parking lot so make sure you pay at main office about 5k before the trail start. The hike is rated moderate but if you compare to many other hikes in this site that are rated moderate, I'd say it should be rated hard.

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Madison Myrvik Carvell
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Took me and my husband a little over 4 hrs to do this hike. ( not including the 30 min break at the top and 15 min break at the bay). The hike up is definitely tough, but worth the views! Would recommend hiking sticks for the steep up and down from the top.

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Patrick McVarnock
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Alicia User
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Harry Cooney
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You can bike right to the base of the trail. Cuts off lots of time. Few big hills on the sawbill lake trail if you take that route which is faster. I’ve done this hike biking to the base climbing to the top in just 40 minutes, that’s giving er a 100%. Would recommend 3-5hours complete time.

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Erica Hofer
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Hiked around the park and this was my favourite view. Very steep for 1.8 km or 1 km depending on what map/sign you look at. Signage isnt great.

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Lily Taylor
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A steeper climb than Top of the Giant, but equally impressive views! Well marked trail with some fun scrambling to be had if you want to explore the lookout.

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Nathan Maskery
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Great trail! I took my two boys (10 & 8) and we loved it! Well marked and a beautiful view at the top where there are lots of wild blueberries that are very tasty!

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