Top of the Giant via Kabeyun Trail is a 22.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Islet, 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" 

2 months ago

This is probably in my top 5 best hikes I’ve ever done. I think the distance probably turns many people away but I promise the views make it worth it. The cliffs up there need to be seen to believe. I saw many pictures before going on the trek but nothing prepares you for the real deal in person. The 1-2 kms is almost straight ascent in my opinion wasn’t bad but I do a lot of hiking and an fairly endured.
If you’re gonna do the trek, start early. This allows you time to spend up top as well as detour over to Tee Harbour which is gorgeous (you’ll see signs for it along the way) and get back to your vehicle in time the dinner. It took me and my husband 6 hours or so to complete this hike.

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2 months ago

the first part of the trail (kabeyun trail) was relatively flat, lots of rocks & mud, we regret not bringing our bikes, it would of made the first part much quicker. we took the extra 1km to the "sea lion rock formation" an easy little hike, worth it. there is a bike rack at the Talus Lake trail where you turn off the Kabeyun trail. the talus trail was nice, some inclines! the 3km up to the Head of the Sleeping Giant trail was a fairly challenging 3km, quite steep. the extra 2km to "the chimney lookout" are so worth it, and youre up there anyways might as well do it! those 2km's are easy. such beautiful panoramic views of Lake Superior, Thunder Bay & the park. we stayed at the top for half an hour. the entire 24km + 1km for the rock formation took us 5:30hours. The views are amazing, no pictures do it justice!

2 months ago

We did a combination mountain biking and hiking. Definitely recommend biking the first part of the trail to the base of the giant. They do have bike racks at the base. The hike up was brutal and quite the workout. The top of the giant was gorgeous and the view made it worth it. One of the hardest hikes I’ve done.

2 months ago

A fairly easy trail, ridiculously easy to follow up to the knees. A gorgeous and very rewarding view make it well worth it. The trail is less easy to follow if you continue around it so keep your eyes open. Watch for wildlife and enjoy the lakes and trees that engulf you.

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2 months ago

Pretty challenging hike due to length and steepness once you start the climb from the base of the giant. I recommend biking the first portion between the parking lot start point and the base of the giant trail (there are bike racks). The final view point are unbelievable and totally worth the trek!

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3 months ago

one of my favorites at sleeping giant! The way up (last few miles or so) were definitely the most difficult since it was humid. Plus the ascent up the mountain was pretty steep in parts. However it was a great hike and I saw many kids and dogs too. The views were worth it and I'm going to have to go back for a weekend trip.

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3 months ago

One of the best hikes you will find for a scenic view.

3 months ago

One of Ontario's most stunning hikes. I enjoyed it once the ascend up the cliff began. There is a lake right before the climb that you may use to filter water. Since this is a long hike, mind the bugs and be prepared.

4 months ago

Stunning! The first portion is a little dull (biking it would certainly cut down on time!), but once you’re past Tee Harbour, things start to get interesting. The top section would likely benefit from more trail markers, but it’s fine. The views are absolutely incredible and well worth the steep climb!

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4 months ago

My family and I traveled from Wisconsin, USA to hike this trail and it did not disappoint. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. The first part of the trail goes down past Seal Point lookout. It is about 3 miles long and is quite flat, but follows the shore line, so you get to hear the lapping of the waves. You reach a couple of check-marks along the way, but make sure to stay to the right and follow the trail signs.

When you actually reach the Sleeping Giant trail, the climb is pretty steep with roots and rocks and a lot of undergrowth that obscures the trail a bit. When you make it to the very top there is a sign that points you to a 2km trail along the ridge—do it! You’ll come to a few different false lookouts, but continue on and you’ll reach a lookout with a few trails veering off. Take the one going into the forest, follow it for awhile and follow the blue arrows. You’ll come to an absolutely gorgeous lookout over Lake Superior. The ravine is beautiful and you can hear the echoes of the birds.

It’s a long hike, but the view at the end is totally worth it!

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4 months ago

I'm heading up Top of the Giant Trail from Kabeyun Trail/Talus Lake Trail and hoped someone who had already hiked it could confirm if there are any water sources on the way that can be accessed to filter water. Thanks,

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4 months ago

Long hike in but it is relatively flat compared to the chest. Once reaching the top of the giant trail head you pass a really nice lake. The trail starts to become pretty strenuous as the trail begins to zig zag it’s way up the cliff side. The hike offers amazing views!! One thing I noticed upon reaching the top is that you need to continue hiking until you find the chimney chute route which climbs between two massive cliffs. There is not a lot of trail markers at the top to direct you but don’t get discouraged.

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5 months ago

Just did this hike with my son yesterday and the view from the top was spectacular! The hike was moderate for part of the way and then became difficult for the last 4K climb to the top. 100% worth every sore muscle I have today!

5 months ago

Wonderful reward for the effort in the hike. The views from the Knees of the Giant are breathtaking!!

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6 months ago

Excellent view, decent day hike!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Beautiful views once you are at the top. Tough ascent and descent.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Absolutely amazing hike. Lots of vistas to stop and admire the view from, and the final vista is amazing. Beautiful lake as well before ascending the Giant, where we saw Common Goldeneye ducks with babies. The first 8 km are very flat--after that it's a steep, yet challenging and rewarding climb. Highly recommend.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great all day hike with rewarding view! If you plan well and start early, this trail is rewarding enough for kids. I brought mine, ages 10, 8, and just 6. Up to this hike they had not been over 10 miles in a day so we brought hybrid bikes to pedal the Kabeyun portion of the trail(about 7.5km). Kabeyun is a fairly flat trail with some rocks and tree roots to navigate around and quite wide so very comfortable for a young cyclist. At the base of the Top of Giant trail there is a bike rack that can hold 12 bikes. We locked ours as did the other couple that used the rack. Trail up is steep but isn't long enough to make kids complain too much and there are a few views through the trees for entertainment. View from the top is worth the hike for kids. We saw no other kids on the trail that day. Tea Harbor makes a great pit stop on the return as well and is a fairly private backcountry campsite with a sandy beach.

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