I had four goals this summer: 1) Check out the islands at Limestone Islands Provincial Park 2) Hike La Cloche Silhouette trail 3) Hike the Lake Superior Provincial Park coastal trail 4) Hike the Highland Backpacking Trail in one day. One, two and three were multi-day trips that were super weather dependent. However, the one day trip was perfect for this weekend.
I woke up early enough to get to the Algonquin Provincial Park front gate just as it was opening at 8:00 am. I got to the trail parking, there were quite a few cars in the parking lot from people who had stayed the night. The day started off as overcast even though they were calling for sun all day.
The start of the trail, they are more concerned about your valuables then your life.
About 1.1 km in I got to the first lookout.
Small waterfall 2.3 km in.
Starling Lake 3.5 km in.
Two hours in and I got to the only “lookout” on the main trail. It was still foggy.
So far a very uneventful hike. After 14.3 km I got to Head lake and passed a few campsites.
After 17.2 km. I took a break for lunch at a really nice campsite at Harness Lake.
View from the campsite at Harness Lake.
The sun was finally out but the trail unfortunately was pretty boring for the next 10 km until I got to a nice view of Provoking Lake.
View of Provoking Lake at km 28.7
There are 16 campsites along Provoking Lake. I passed 6 of them and they all looked great. On the way, back there is a short side trail to a gorgeous view at the top of Starling Lake. The view from the top is the feature image at the top of this page. From here it was a 4.5 km hike back along the section of trail I did at the start to finish off the loop!
Overall this is a very beginner backpacking trail and I would suggest it to anyone interested in getting into backpacking. The campsites are in awesome condition, there aren’t any steep climbs and it’s bug free in the fall which is the best time to be in Algonquin Park. It is a fairly muddy trail so I’d suggest going later in the season.
Click on the icon to make the Google Map full screen, to see all the photos I took and where they were taken. Click on the symbol to see all the photos. There are 20 in total.
36 km hike
1016 meters elevation gain