Booth's Rock Trail
Booth's Rock Trail
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Ontario, Canada884 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Booth's Rock Trail is my favourite trail at Algonquin and I've walked most along the highway 60 corridor: gorgeous forest and the climbs are rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding forest and lake. In fall the high ridge lookout is breathtaking - one of 2 or 3 most spectacular vistas to be had in the park corridor - a photographer's dream. The trail is listed as difficult: it's not technical but there are some steep climbs and some spots can be slippery when damp. (The trail is hilly with some significant ups and downs, not buggy in fall, 5.1kms, 3hrs, average-good fitness level) Definitely take some water (maybe a snack for the ridge views) and wear your trail shoes/hiking boots. The suggested 3-hrs is on the generous side even when doing the Barclay Estate loop as we did - however between reading the booklet, stopping and sitting to enjoy the views, and photo breaks, we took exactly 3hrs.

If you are trying to see the peak of fall colour, plan your trip for the last week of September as that is historically the best time to see the leaves in Algonquin. This year it was a week later - and will be gorgeous for another 1-2 weeks. For fall colour - the other recommended trails are Hardwood Lookout, Track & Tower, Centennial Ridges, and Lookout plus the highway though the park gives anyone with fitness/mobility issues fantastic views of the colours. Oh - and the 50-cent interpretive trail guides are great - each one tackling a topic (this one was human effects on Algonquin) and giving learning and context to your walk. We stop and read these along the way as our break stops. Did this help you - I'd like to know
Written October 6, 2016
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Evanesp
Winter Haven, FL190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
This is a very beautiful and scenic hike.
But it is very long and tiring if you do the whole 6 mile hike.
The best and most beautiful views are the last couple of stops
At the very end of the hike.
I strongly suggest, that you go up towards the end of the hike rather than the start of the hike.
At the intersection where it says to start the hike just go left toward the end of the hike.
You will thank me for it!
Written January 5, 2015
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Catpea33
Kingston, Canada41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Solo
Of all the trails I walked during a recent weekend in Algonquin, this was my favourite. It's better to be there fairly early - before 10am - so that the trail and viewpoint are quieter. It's a 5km walk with some fairly steep sections but the bonus is that the last half is either downhill or flat. The trail can be quite rough in places and I'd recommend hiking boots because this isn't a boardwalk trail as the number of sprained ankles from 'flip-flop and trainers' hikers this weekend demonstrated. Also, the viewpoint is dangerous - it's a cliff - so if you take children then make sure they don't run away from you at the summit!

Also, just as a tip, if there are cars parked on either side of the road leading to Booths then don't even try to park in the trailhead car park because there isn't much turn-around room at the end and chances are you'll get stuck. Also, be aware that RVs need to pass so try to park sensibly if you're lining the side of the roads.
Written October 2, 2014
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BernieJ
Barrie, Canada219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
I went on this trail with my son and we really enjoyed ourselves. I will say that it is a slightly harder trail to walk especially the first half, and good shoes and a bottle of water are a must! I was huffing and puffing a bit when I read the trail guide (which you should absolutely do because Algonquin is all about education and experience) at a few of the points of interest along the way but the hike is a good one and if you persevere you will be treated to amazing views, and a great place to rest at the top of the ridge. The trail starts and ends on the flat former rail line which you will learn about when you take this walk. I would say its one of the best trails in Algonquin!
Written October 17, 2017
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L0ve2TravelCanada
Toronto, Canada431 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
The trail if about 9 Km south of the main road (Hwy 60). It starts off tough. A lot of going up and muddy ground but once you are out of breath and beaten up, you'll see the panoramic view of Rock lake surrounded by beautiful trees. The rest of the trail is down hill and it has many wooden stair cases along the way. The final part of it is just a leveled path along the lake. The official park map notes the time to hike the trail to be 3 hours. It took us an hour and half (including the break at the lookout) to finish the hike.
Written October 15, 2017
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crystal439
Toronto, Canada25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We have been visiting Algonquin for decades and have done most if not all trails in the park. This is one is a favourite. It has a little bit of everything. The views are astounding and some of the best especially in the fall. I would suggest not doing the trail backwards as there are quite a few steps and going up would be difficult. Be sure to bring your camera, sturdy hiking shoes and a bottle of water. It usually take our family ( we are fairly young and in decent shape) about 2 + hours to complete the trail. This includes time spent taking in the views and visiting the old estate.
Written October 17, 2019
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Anna M
Huntsville, Canada43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Hiked booths rock in 2hrs with 2 kids ages 8+6. Lookout was phenomenal. For hours after kids kept saying "we were on top of the world." No safety barrier so kids need to be held or under control. 1500ft elevation (I looked it up). Buggy in sections, but man, the view was great. Doing it again this weekend :)
Written June 6, 2019
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Spursfan1961
Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Booths Rock Trail is a great 5km hike taking you through a typical Algonquin bog, before it starts to climb up to what is one of the best views in the entire park. It can be a bit strenuous in sections, which why unfortunately I haven’t done the full trail since my knee replacement surgeries.
Luckily, you can do the trail the other way around, and you can have a nice flat walk out to the old Barclay Estate. This is one of our favorite places in Algonquin Provincial Park. Most of the estate has been taken back over by nature, but through some exploring you can still find a few clues that this was once the estate of one of the wealthiest men in North America, John Rudolphus Booth. Booth ran his logging and railway businesses well in to his 90’s, and he passed away at the age of 98.
There are a couple of nice little beaches on the way back to the parking lot, that are very refreshing if you’ve done the trail on a hot day.
I think this is one of the best trails in Algonquin Provincial Park, and it will always be one of my favorites, even with my knackered knees.
Written October 6, 2017
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Colin V
Oshawa, Canada34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Solo
I've been hiking this trail for 30 years and I never get tired of it.

It can be a little rigorous but if you take your time and pace yourself, it'll be worth it.

I recommend bringing lunch and refreshments and sit atop a cliff overlooking the beautiful park.

I never pass up an opportunity to visit this trail. It's just the right length for some good exercise.
Written September 28, 2015
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broll13
Leamington, Canada8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Our very first trail we took in Algonquin Park was Booth's Rock. First of all we brought our small white dog and I had running shoes with no tread. You definitely need hiking boots for this trail or you could break your neck. Do not go on this trail if there has been lots of precipitation. There is so much mud, the trails are not a clear even path with a very uneven terrain. Opsticals like slippery rock, tree roots mud, steep and shallow areas were this entire trail. When you get to Booth's Rock which is more than 3km into the trail, you can easily miss this prime spot as there is no sign that says you have reached this fantastic rock and the beautiful scenery you will see at the top of the rock. Luckily my husband got curious and checked it out, otherwise we would have missed it and walked this terrible over 5km path for nothing. Best of luck to anyone who walks this path. Not recommended for someone with a walking aide or an elderly person who is uneven on their feet.
Written November 8, 2014
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