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Eastern Pines Trails
|DISTANCE:||Three stacked loops of 4.3 km, 4.9 km
and 10.8 km
|TRAIL TYPE:||Unpaved trail|
|DIFFICULTY: ||Rocks and slippery in places: boots
are essential. Buggy in season
The Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail comprises of three interlocking loops, situated in the northeast corner of Algonquin Park. Plan a short walk or an overnight hike and enjoy the sandy beaches of Grand Lake, scenic views of forests, spectacular cliffs, wildlife, glacial boulders and the High Falls. The trail starts at Achray, where the painter, Tom Thomson, worked as a forest ranger in 1916 and, overlooking Grand Lake, he painted the famous Jack Pine.
How to get there
From the intersection of Hwys 17 and 58 west of Pembroke, drive eight kilometers north-west along Hwy 17, pass the Forest Lea Road turnoff and take the next left turn onto Doran Rd (Cty Rd 26). Travel 300 metres, and then turn right onto the Barron Canyon Road. Drive 26 km on pavement, then gravel to the Sand Lake Gate on the Park boundary, where you can buy permits for day-use vehicle or camping and excellent publications by The Friends of Algonquin Park. Continue on for another 19 km (passing by the Barron Canyon trail parking lot), before turning left onto the 5 km long spur road sign posted for Achray. Park at the Achray Campground site. Information and safety tips are given in Backpacking Trails of Algonquin Provincial Park, Published by The Friends of Algonquin Park.
- The Berm Lake Trail loop is a day-use interpretive trail, tak- ing you around the pretty lake and through forest typical of the eastern side of the Park. The ecology of pine and oak forest, as seen from numbered posts, is described in a trail guide published by The Friends of Algonquin Park.
- The southern portion of the Johnston Lake Trail offers good wildlife viewing with binoculars. Pines on small islands in the lake are home to a heronry and an osprey nest. Camping is permitted at sites along the Johnston Lake Trail and the High Falls Trail.
- The High Falls Trail taken around Bucholtz Lake, winds between huge glacial boulders. The southern part of the trail has an impressive lookout overlooking Johnston Lake and Grand Lake. Walkers and canoes converge on the High Falls. Take care on the slippery rocks. Water may not be alone in glissading down a naturally scalloped water slide.
Links of interest
• The Friends of Algonquin Park
• Ontario Parks
• Algonquin wolf information: CPAWS