Had a week off. Decided to try the 2nd loop of this trail in Algonquin.
I walked the 1st loop (33 km?) in June 2012, a two night trip. The 2nd loop (55 km?) would require 3 nights.
A lot of the trail skirts beaver ponds and dams...
...and crosses a number of bridges in varying states of repair.
Swampy northern end of Maple Leaf Lake.
The section north of Maple Leaf is quite scenic.
Lookout near Little Hardy Lake
Trailside cascade that flows down to Little Hardy Lake.
Little Hardy Lake
The last fall colours on Steepside Lake
Found a campsite on Maggie Lake that featured this enormous burl.
View east from campsite. That night I saw amazing northern lights AND a meteor that streaked right across the lake.
Walked around Maggie Lake. This is the view from one of the western campsites.
Heading north, the first obstacle was crossing Minnow Creek. Last year this bridge was straight, and high above the stream. This year I needed the pole to help jump across some gaps.
The section north of Minnow Creek climbs into gorgeous hills.
One of the brownest deer I've ever seen
Burls became a recurring theme of the trip.
Was surprised to find this brand new bridge over the East River
View from the bridge. Really, all the "rivers" in Algonquin would be called creeks anywhere else.
Climbing north from the East River, you encounter this big slab of talus that has fallen from the hillside above.
Good place to rest my weary feet.
From the boulder north, the trail becomes a bit more rugged.
Beaver ponds are a familiar sight on the trail.
The trail usually crosses just below the dam.
This one was a good 3 or 4 metres high.
Walked right past this dry stream of boulders. Then the I lost the trail. Went back. Realized this IS the trail!
Beautiful Samos Lake. Not so beautiful is the steep cliff you have to climb to get from here to Clara Lake.
Finally reached Clara Lake, about an hour before sunset.
Set up my hammock as the sun was setting. Bug net is just to keep things from falling onto the ground. No bugs in October.
View from the hammock in the morning, Clara Lake
Near Cashel Lake
Near Pincher Lake is the intersection with the third, more northerly loop. Next year!
Yet another bridge
Some of the last red maples in the park
Lunch on Pincher Lake. Trangia alcohol burner fits nicely inside the woodburning stove.
From Tern Lake, the trail climbs steeply to a beautiful leafy plateau before descending to Otterpaw Lake.
Lake east of Otterpaw Lake
Saw a LOT of snakes on this trip
Eerie beaver pond between Otterpaw and Rainbow Lakes
Rustling leaves make it impossible to sneak up on any animals
Hammock and tarp at Susan Lake, on the edge of a steep drop to the lake.