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High Falls, Algonquin Park
|DISTANCE:||6 km there and back|
|TRAIL TYPE:||Unpaved trail|
|DIFFICULTY:||Flat and easy. Last 300 m rocky and slippery in places. Buggy in season.|
High Falls is a small waterchute, perfect for a picnic and a favourite spot in Algonquin Park for a swim to cool off in the heat of summer. This well marked trail through mixed forest, is a pleasant and direct walk to the falls. For a longer walking trip to High Falls, use the Eastern Pines Backpacking Trails that begin from Achray.
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 purchase permits for day-use or camping and excellent publications by The Friends of Algonquin Park. Continue on for another 13 km, passing by the Brigham Lake access point and taking the next left down a short dirt road to the parking lot. Information and safety tips are given in the pamphlet, Backpacking Trails of Algonquin Provincial Park, published by The Friends of Algonquin Park.
- Cross the wooden footbridge and follow the blue markers (showing a hiker symbol) on this well-worn trail through a mixed forest dominated by pines.
- At the first fork in the path, turn right (continue following the blue trail markers).
- Turn left at the second fork and follow the sign to High Falls.
- 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.
- Return the way you came to your vehicle.