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Highland Backpacking Trail

Km 29.7 of Highway 60, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
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The short loop makes for a nice and challenging day hike

My wife and I did a number of the shorter trails along Hwy 60 while staying in Algonquin for a few... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Frank B
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Oakville, Canada
Relatively challanging but not epic

The 35 Km hike around the long loop provides sufficient hills to challenge the legs and the... read more

Reviewed September 8, 2017
Diverdan28
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Ingleside, Canada
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Km 29.7 of Highway 60, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 day hike. I hiked the...More

2  Thank Frank B
Reviewed September 8, 2017

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 difficult. The views of Provoking and Harness Lake are quite scenic...More

3  Thank Diverdan28
Reviewed August 28, 2017

The Highlands Trail (the big loop) is not the most scenic hike in Algonquin, and the elevation changes provide a challenge, but the experience is beautiful. Visited with two friends -- both fit and experienced backpackers -- and each of us was hammock camping. We...More

1  Thank DecoDoppler
Reviewed November 16, 2016

Just finished my 3 day/2 night solo trip in the middle of November. Cold fall temperatures, with a tiny bit of ice sheets forming on some stagnant pond waters. First night spent on a site on the West end of Provoking. The site was the...More

7  Thank chris_mcquarrie
Reviewed August 18, 2016

Like Maple Leaf Lake and Maggie Lake on the Upldands trail - you will find lots of garbage at some of the sites around Provoking Lake. Head to the second loop with Head Lake and bring a water purifier as the water is silty -...More

5  Thank Mischa S
Reviewed July 26, 2016

Well, we're at it again! The sweetie and I decided to load up some backpacks and tackle the Highland backpacking trail in Algonquin park. Now, we did the big loop which is recommended that you take 3-4 days to do, but we foolishly booked only...More

9  Thank average_shulb
Reviewed July 7, 2016

It is the most beautiful park to camp, hike and enjoy, you can not finish seeing this park, just gorgeous. It is so beautiful, that every twist and turn on the hike was breathtaking.

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Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

We planned on hiking the shorter route but on account of the significant icey conditions and flooding in parts, the pace of our trek was much slower than we had expected and we had to turn back to make sure we didnt get stranded after...More

2  Thank humpty1962
Reviewed January 6, 2016

We went all the way to outer limits of the trail in one day, which was very doable. I would suggest getting there early, we got there late and the sun had set by the time we had reached our campsite. It's great challenging course,...More

2  Thank Elliot H
Reviewed September 21, 2015

This was my third time on the Highlands Trail, but my first time doing the second loop. The first time we just did the loop around Provoking Lake, but this time I hiked up to Head and Harness lake. The trail is well maintained, and...More

3  Thank chab009
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zeff21
May 3, 2017|
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Response from heathert2211 |
Everywhere in algonquin you have to make a reservation and check in at the nearest gate before you head out to your site. Hope this helps :) happy hiking!
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