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Western Uplands Trail is a 59.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nipissing, Ontario, Canada that features a lake 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.

Length 59.3 mi Elevation gain 9,196 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Western Uplands Trail is a multi-day backpacking loop. A valid camping permit is required for use of all trails in Algonquin Provincial Park. For permit information and fees, visit: http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/general_park_info/fees-algonquin-park.php

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Syvannah Beverly-Anne
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HikingMuddy
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Rob Mackenzie
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HikingFloodedMuddyRocky

Challenging and rewarding hike. Muddy as all heck, though trekking poles make it easier to hop around the mud on rocks and logs. Lots of ups and downs. Did I mention that I highly recommend trekking poles?

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bo diak
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Have hiked it several times, the Rain Lake access offers a nice easy first day on the old rail trail. Winter camping at Panther L was a blast. I love the options for different routes so it never feels the same.

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Jen Hall
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Hiking

Wet and muddy!! Only went to Maple Leaf and back, but was a great trip

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Codie Jessie
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Hiking

Blue loop. Camped at Maggie. Did it in two days rather than three, because of some unexpected circumstances. Trail was in good condition considering the amount of rain received.

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Ariel Amaral
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HikingMuddy
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Sean Lawes
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HikingRocky

Nice day hike to Maple Leaf Lake and back. A few bugs but not enough to worry bother us. More uphill on the way in which made a nicer hike out. Stopped for a snack and rest at quiet Maple Leaf Lake before heading out.

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Dharmendra Shiroya
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It's a decent trail if you love backpacking. We 2 people did 95km loop, and it was beautiful experience. There are lots of people doing first loop, but if you are going for this, you better do biggest loop. You won't regret at all.

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Daniel Weerdenburg
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HikingOff trailRocky

Great trail, however it is pretty tough! Make sure you’re in great shape! Can’t wait to do it again!

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Orion Addis
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Dave Waters
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Sam Soehn
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HikingRocky

Took the eastern path and did an out-and-back 40km route over 3 days (Oct 4-6, 2019). Path was very easy to follow - no worry of getting lost. Has some more challenging sections that start about 7km in. Bit tricky to see the rocks/roots with all the fallen leaves, so take extra care where you step to avoid injury. Great time for moose sightings - we saw three!

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Steve Liu
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Hiking

Completed the 3rd loop clockwise in a bit more than 72 hours. Weather is awesome (a treat), terrain is moderate, and there were zero bugs around during this very dry season. The trail is quite nicely maintained and very well marked, which makes for easy navigation. Dead leaves covered everything after last week's fall storm - beautiful, but beware! This may pose a major hazard as it makes discerning obstacles (potholes, rocks, dead branches) beneath the camouflage extremely hard. Ankle sprain could be common. So pay extra attention when you traverse under such condition.

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Kristina Peterson
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HikingMuddyRocky

I completed the middle loop of the Western Uplands trail, it was approx 55km and I spent three nights there taking my time. Made my days 12-14km long which only took a couple hours between sites. Research campsites prior to heading off on your adventure and you’re golden! Some steep rises but nothing terrible, can get rough on the ankles at the rocky bits. Algonquin is a great hike.

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Krzysiek Krzysiek Mic
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Alex McNabb
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BackpackingMuddy

Coming in from the Rain Lake access point it is very flat, not very challenging. Hardest sections would be hopping across the swamped out parts Rest of the trail is over uneven terrain. rocks, tree roots, up and down several meters of elevation at some points, sections are washed out or flooded or made of mud - watch your step always. Downed trees make for extra obstacles. Trekking poles help a lot. Be prepared, be safe. bring extra socks. Having said that, it is an amazing test of endurance.

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Ryan Mcphee
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Hiking

Make sure your ready this trail is an ass kicker

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Ian Bissell
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Hiking

The trail kicked my ass, but I want to go back when it's a little cooler. July during a heat wave was my mistake.

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Anthony Higgins
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Backpacking

Second time doing the loop at the bottom end of the Western Highlands, accessed from Hwy60, and it was amazing. I happened to pick the perfect weekend (2nd weekend in May) which was perfect hiking temperature of around 14C in the day, but a but chilly at night (around 3C) but the best thing ... zero bugs! And I mean zero. Hit the window between not too cold, and before they hatched. My first time on this trail, last year, was incredibly wet and I didn't have the right boots, so felt like I was "portaging" around wash-outs on the trail all day long, and took me 2.5 days (2 camps) to get through. This time I had proper boots and it wasn't as wet - and did the loop in 9.8hrs hiking. Even so, I did spend a night a Maggie Lake which was amazing. I live in Toronto so I drive up and stay at a hote/motel in Huntsville the night before so as to get an early start. Great hike that's totally do-able in a weekend for Torontonians.

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Greg Down
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Backpacking

Great trail, well traveled in summer but thins out in fall. Nice campsites lakeside along the way.

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Kory Snache
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Great hike. Lots of wildlife and well marked and easy trail. A little hard on the knees bring a hiking pole. Winter camped along it, amazing

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K Barks
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Backpacking

Very wooded trail. Very beautiful lake views at campsites. I recommend the campsite at Eau Lake. Very quiet and private single site with water access. Although many report wildlife, I did not experience any encounters of such.

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Nancy W
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Hiked the middle loop in June 2016. Great trail but the bugs were horrendous that time of year. Scenery not as nice as Highland Trail, which I preferred.

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Jason Matthews
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Nice woodland hike, almost no views though. The trade off is there's lots of wildlife. Proper food hanging is important as well as a healthy respect for moose. Especially bull moose in the fall rut.

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Nathan Edgar
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