Highland Backpacking Trail, Algonquin Provincial Park

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  • I was about to solo hike the 35km but I only had one day so I decided to just take my time. I first camped by provoking lake and met really nice travelers. For sunset on my first night, I walked 30 mi...  more »
  • My wife and I did a number of the shorter trails along Hwy 60 while staying in Algonquin for a few days. I was looking for something more challenging and did the short loop of the Highland trail as a ...  more »
  • The 35 Km hike around the long loop provides sufficient hills to challenge the legs and the pack-laden back. If its raining, the paths become brooks in many locations, making the hills even more diffi...  more »
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  • Two loops 19 km and 35 km. I did the 35 km + wandered around some of the campsites and checked out the lookout at the top of Starling lake with a slight view of Lake of two Rivers and it came in at 37.2 km with 1651 m of elevation gain I suggest doing this in 2 or 3 days. Bring a pair of fast drying shoes or waterproof boots as this loop is very wet! Or do this in the middle of a dry summer.
  • Did the trail in two days, one night. Challenging with lots of ups and downs, as well as muddy sections. Harness lake had some beautiful campsites. The only thing that we didn't like was that it was a lot of hiking through thick forest with not many scenic views. However, there were a couple of great lookouts through the course of the 36km loop.
  • As beginners, this was a perfect trail for us! It's scenic, mostly shaded, some small climbs and you're rewarded with great secluded camping grounds after a manageable track of around 5km at Provoking Lake. There's also a waterfall at the half-way mark!
  • Great start if your getting into backpacking, then you can start picking off the western uplands loops, easy hiking,provoking,head and harness are beautiful,faya is worth visiting to,only 1 site. Back of loop extremely buggy,and boring. Worth considering going back out from harness the same way you came in,you won't be missing anything , sites close to that end of provoking you can barely call a site
  • Really nice backpacking trail with a few really cool views. A really great way for beginners to spend a few days in the bush.

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