Top of the Giant via Kabeyun Trail

MODERATE 104 reviews

Top of the Giant via Kabeyun Trail is a 22.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shuniah, Ontario, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 22.7 km Elevation Gain: 566 m Route Type: Out & Back

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The Sibley Peninsula on the northwestern shoreline of Lake Superior is home of the famous Sleeping Giant. The Top of the Giant Trail is a heart-pumping, zig-zig ascent. Once on top of the Giant, the trail takes you to scenic lookouts on both east and west sides of the peninsula with spectacular views of Lake Superior. This challenging trail takes you to the top of the Sleeping Giant. To get to this trail hike the Kabeyun Trail past Tee Harbour to the Talus Lake Trail, continue north on the Talus Lake Trail to reach the Top of the Giant Trail.  The return distance from the Kabeyun trailhead is approximately 22 kilometres. Once on top of the Giant the trail takes hikers to scenic lookouts on both east and west sides of the peninsula with spectacular views of Lake Superior. This hike should only be started by those in good physical condition. Bring water, sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing and a first aid kit. The Kabeyun Trail portion is an old logging road. best to bike this portion if you have the ability too. If you do feel you can complete the Giant, Spend some time at Tea Harbour. That portion alone is amazing. spend some time at the beach and explore the "T" 

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes thus far. There are so many things to see on the way up.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely worth the hike to the top. Amazing views. First section is fairly monotonous and would recommend biking this part (there's bike racks available after this section).

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Very steep at the top

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rocky
4 months ago

This was a nice moderate trail that took us just under 7 hours to complete at a leisurely pace, with a few stops. Highly recommend walking the extra 0.9 km to the Gorge once you’ve reached the top. The view is exquisite (just don’t get too close to the edge)! The first 8 km from the parking lot are pretty flat and boring, so if you have the possibility, take your bike (though the trail is quite rocky, fair warning). Took us about the same amount going up to come down and overall was an enjoyable hike (with a few sore feet to remind us of the journey). :)

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muddy
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

my dog and i did this one a rainy day hence why it was muddy. we walked the entire distance but highly recommend biking the first 6km, there is a bike lock up before entering the stairs. when you see the red sign saying trail closed due to rocks falling, etc, continue straight through. was a bit confused at that point. awesome view with friendly people throughout trail.

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bugs
5 months ago

excellent trail. nice view. worth it.

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rocky
5 months ago

I did this hike with 5 friend. Had one roll their ankle a kilometre in, so he turned back. The trail is very rocky at points so it is best to wear good foot wear. As mentioned the 6km hike in is best done with a mountain bike. We foot slogged it. I highly suggest taking a peak at some of the openings to lake Superior before making your way to the trail head. These are some of the views you will be seeing from the top of the trail so it was nice to take it in from ground level first. Bring lots of water as there is very few areas to pump/filter water. The "climb" section was a good workout, one member of our party was a little slow with it and we waited in case anything happened to them. The views are defiantly worth the hike. The way down is significantly quicker. I'd avoid this trail if rain fall is heavy or has been recently. We hiked it on after a day of scattered rain and it was very manageable, but we could definitely see how navigating in very wet conditions could be hazardous.

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bugs
off trail
over grown
5 months ago

monarch trail and parts of the orange tail. yellow trail is not completely labelled and not clearly cut

Amazing trail and view! Long as hell tho

hiking
5 months ago

if you can bike from the parking lot to trail head - do it! Still a manageable hike but that 6k trail in/out is long to finish your day. The gorge is worth it no doubt though!

hiking
5 months ago

Rewarding views at the end of this hike. Biked the first portion on Kabeyun Trail, this took just under an hour. Lots of rocks and muddy in some parts, there were a few stretches I had to walk my bike. The hike to the gorge took a little over an hour. The path was well traveled, lots of hikers on a Saturday. Including time spent at the top, 4.5 hours round trip. Brought lots of water and snacks, used a lot of bug spray.

Great trail if you want to challenge yourself. Trail takes around 7-8 hours to complete, but rewards you with amazing views and photos!!! Would totally recommend.

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rocky
5 months ago

A great hike for people who can hike great distances and elevation. The hike was about 14 miles round trip and took me 7 hours. Most of the trail is flat. The climb is hard and steep, but well worth it when your get to the top. Trail marking isn’t good. Make sure to bring a map.

hiking
6 months ago

I did this trail with my 4 girls ages 9, 11, 13 & 16. We went all the way to the gorge. Was an amazing accomplishment for all. They did really well. The hardest part was the last 6 km out. Every bend we took we hope for the parking lot. It felt so long after 18 km of excitement. It took us 6.5 hours with a short lunch at the gorge and a pit stop to skip rocks and make inukshuks by the water on our way out. We are all pretty active and resilient so it could take others longer. We were very tiered, sore and thirsty with only one bottle of water each for the trip. Wanted to keep it light since I had a cooler bag lunch packed for all of us. Be ready with water for when you come back and have a really great rewarding dinner planned. Amazing challenging trail! Amazing stay at sleeping giant Marie louise provincial park. Want to go back for the head trail.

6 months ago

Did the hike July 6 2019 it is an extreme hike as the last chunk was steep uphill. But people of all ages, shapes and sizes were on the hike, tough but doable and the "juice is definitely worth the squeeze."

hiking
6 months ago

Incredible views from the Top of the Giant. The last couple of kms are pretty much straight up, steep, tough climb, but absolutely worth it! Bugs aren't too bad, as long as you keep moving. Lots of shade.

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Biking the first 8km helps, lots of bug spray needed from 7-10am, and don't skip out on the gorge - go right to the end, you will not regret it!

hiking
7 months ago

Long hike with some steep sections. Did this trail in 2012 over Labor Day weekend. The talus field by the lake was fun to pick your way through. Incredible views of Lake Superior. Definitely was sore after this hike!

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muddy
snow
8 months ago

Nice trail. Making it up to the giant was a great view with the gorge. If you are planning on doing the cut through trail north to pick up the harbor trail I’d recommend waiting a few weeks as we were in knee high snow for 2 miles.

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rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Did this trail last fall. Awesome hike. Advantage of fall hike is no bugs. Would recommend this for anyone able to hike inclines. Some section are serious up hills. But worth the work.

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muddy
snow
9 months ago

A tough 14 miles in the snow... Great hike!

hiking
11 months ago

Steep climb, lots of stairs. I’d recommend biking in from the parking lot to the trailhead (5km ish) and then hiking from there! There are bike racks and everything. Nothing beats the views

hiking
Tue Dec 04 2018

Lot easier to bike, this bike/hike should take about 4-6 hours biking and 6-8 hours hiking.

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