Lookout Point Trail at Algonquin Provincial Park

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!

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  1. We are actually heading to Algonquin this weekend and will be staying in a yurt in Mew Lake Campground. Even though we’re well past the peak of the fall colours, the views still look incredible. The Lookout Point Trail is definitely on my list of hikes!


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