The Lookout Point Trail at Algonquin Provincial Park is a 2.1 km loop that presents breathtaking views of hundreds of square kilometers of landscape. With an elevation gain of about 70 meters across the hike, it’s a short but challenging walk.
We visited around noon on a Saturday in late October. By this time it was late in the fall viewing season, and the Sugar Maples and Aspen trees were now bare. The Tamarack trees however were still bright yellow. It’s a popular trail at this time of season.
You can access the trail by a medium sized parking lot off Highway 60. You are required to reserve a Daily Vehicle Permit (DVP) through Ontario Parks Reservations, and you’re able to reserve up to 5 days in advance. Reserve along the “Hwy 60 Corridor” to park here.
The hill itself is a remnant of glacial activiity, retreating in the area around 10,000 years ago. The rocky cap that encloses the ridge of the Lookout are much more ancient solid bedrock existing long before glacial activity.
When starting along the trail, you’ll reach a fork in the path. Stick to the right side of the trail for a more gradual slope towards the peak of the trail.
The Algonquin First Nations have inhabited the Algonquin Park region for thousands of years, prior to European settlement. Logging occurred in the park in the early 1800’s, where mostly pine (especially the Eastern White Pine) were most sought after. The provincial park was established in 1893 to dedicate a region for conservation and wildlife protection.
Have you visited Lookout Trail at Algonquin Provincial Park? Let us know about your trip in the comments below!
Spruce Bog Boardwalk is a quick and easy hike along the Highway 60 corridor in Algonquin Provincial Park. The trail is 1.5 km and made up mostly of boardwalk, and is a leaisurley path with even terrain. We visited the trail on a Saturday in Late October in the early afternoon, and the parking lot […]
On a Saturday morning in mid-October, we arrived at Eagle’s Nest Park. Located within Bancroft, the area is a perfect spot for scenic views (especially If you are driving through on the way to Algonquin). There are four trails at just over 3 km total to explore. The gates of Eagles Nest Park road were […]
Meadowvale Conservation Area is a lovely park with expansive fields, plenty of amenities, and scenic views of the Credit River. The park is within Mississauga, and is nestled within the suburbs of Meadowvale. There is a large parking lot at the end of Second Line West, with plenty of space available when we visited on a […]
Lions Valley Park is about a 45 minute drive from Toronto with no traffic, and is nestled between the suburbs of northern Oakville. The park features trails that meander through and around a valley carved from Sixteen Mile Creek. We visited on a Saturday in October, and parked near a dedicated entrance called Sixteen Mile […]
Forks of the Credit Provincial Park is located within Caledon, and its 282 hectares is managed by Ontario Parks. It’s about an hour drive northeast from Toronto and features approximately 10 km of hiking trails including the Bruce Trail. We visited on a Saturday in September and made sure to reserve in advance online for […]
Kerncliff Park, located within and managed by the city of Burlington, is truly a hidden treasure of diverse landscapes and scenic hiking trails. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Toronto with no traffic, northwest of the major intersection of highway 407 and 403. The trails weave through dense forest with shade to keep cool […]