Hiking in Algonquin Park
Nestled in the heart of Northern Ontario, Algonquin Provincial Park is a gorgeous, green gem that should not be missed! Nature lovers have enjoyed the over 7,000 km of forests and lakes since the park was initially created in 1893. Although Algonquin has become notorious for its 2,000 kilometres of canoe channels, making it a popular portage destination, the park also boasts a wide array of scenic hiking trails.
The North and South sections of the park are split by the highway 60 corridor, which spans west from Huntsville towards Whitney in the East. At first it may seem contraindicative to take a highway through such a beautiful area, instead of accessing from a more remote entrance, but let me assure you there are benefits.
Along the corridor, there are still wildlife sightings despite what you may think, which makes any drive through Algonquin more exciting! We saw a young male moose (a bull) peacefully drinking in a swamp area off the shoulder of the road. It was magical! In addition to this, the corridor conveniently borders dozens of easily accessible trailheads that will quickly whisk you away from the car park into Mother Nature’s embrace.
The “Look Out” Trail at point 39 off Highway 60 does just that. At a mere 2.1km, the well maintained loop trail is quite easy to manage for children, dogs and adults alike. Although it does rise in elevation off the start, the trail could be tackled from the right side, offering a more gradual grade for those who wish for an easier ascent.
Picture yourself immersed in a shady, spruce-clad forest, surrounded by birds and a light summer breeze. As you climb the trail, it levels off and opens up into a wide, rock-cliff base, offering a panoramic picture of the park below and beyond.
The view is stunning.
The look out point offers up views of several hundred square feet of the Northern part of the park from above. During the summer, lush green trees span across the entire viewpoint, with the blue waters of Little Rock Lake popping out like a jewel hanging in the distance. You will also see Kearney Lake and the Lake of Two Rivers as you trace the edges of the cliff line.
In the winter, the trees beyond are a little bare but nonetheless the view is still incredibly gorgeous. I can only imagine the beautiful transformation that occurs in autumn as the leaves undergo their colourful seasonal changes.
All in all, the highway 60 corridor is just a humble snapshot of the beauty and wonder Algonquin Park offers. But, if you are seeking a relatively easy hike with a large scenic pay off, ‘Look’ no further: Look out trail awaits.
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