Manitoulin Island: The Cup and Saucer Trail and Lewis Twin Peaks Trail

Josée’s parents had recently bought a hunt camp on Manitoulin Island. I drove up the night before so I could get an early start the next day. I started by visiting Kagawon Falls (Bridal Veil Falls). Read about it here: https://ontarioadventurer.ca/2020/10/24/kagawongfalls/
I hiked the entire loop including the “adventure trail” which is about 9.4km. The allure of the trail is the fantastic views from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. Starting in Rochester New York and ending in Wisconsin the Escarpment meets Ontario at Niagara falls and leaves on Manitoulin Island. About 700 meters in to the hike you’ll find the gum tree.

20201024_095508The gum tree

The previous night the temperature dropped below zero creating icicles. 

20201024_100606 e1.9 km in you can either stick to your current path or head down the adventure trail. It is slightly rockier and there are two ladders to climb along with a cave to crawl through. 

20201024_102358At kilometer 2.6 I finally got to the lookout that I’ve seen in so many others photos. 20201024_102816 e

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0221.JPGWhat the birds see when we’re too busy taking photos of the landscape.

From here the trail follows the Niagara Escarpment for another 2km offering beautiful landscape views the whole way through.Untitled ePhoto of the Niagara Escarpment

20201024_110521Photo from the ridge

After the ridge the trail is just a well maintained forest trail that was beautiful with all the yellow leaves.20201024_100305

Here is a video from the top: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iC8VQmIrQc

The Lewis Twin Peaks Trail

As of 2021 this is trail is closed to the public. 

After Cup and Saucer I went to hike this trail because it was super short and was supposed to offer great views of Georgian Bay. The trail was well marked. It went around Bass Lake to two peaks that offered alright views. One of Bass Lake and the other of Georgian Bay.

20201024_140326Bass Lake

20201024_141558Georgian Bay in the distance


Click on the BOX icon to make the Google Map full screen, to see all the photos I took and where they were taken. Click on the Blue photo symbol to see all the photos. There are 12 in total. You’ll have to zoom out for the Lewis Twin Peaks Trail

Stats:
Cup and Saucer
Total hike: 9.4 km
Elevation gain: 267 m

Lewis Twin Peaks
Total hike: 1.7 km
Elevation gain: 36 m

 

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