Pukaskwa National Park Trails

Marathon, Ontario

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Part of the mystique of Pukaskwa National Park comes from its location on the shores of Lake Superior, the largest by surface area–and possibly coldest– freshwater lake in the world. The lake’s average temperature is so cold–4ºC (39ºF)–that Arctic plants thrive along its coast. This unpredictable swelling sea has a reputation for storms that make its waves powerful enough to sink grand ships like the Edmund Fitzgerald among many others. Even when calm, Lake Superior can be terrifying, with varied currents and swells capable of influencing coastal rivers. Pukaskwa National Park has been protecting 1,878 km² (725 sq mi) of territory since 1978. The park includes 14 watersheds, five different rivers that run their full course here, from beginning to end, parts of three other rivers, more than 950 lakes and Tip Top Mountain, the fifth highest in Ontario. A wonderful backcountry trail, and three short walks enable visitors to explore some of the mysteries of Pukaskwa for themselves. This trail guide includes Beach Trail, Southern Headland Trail, Halfway Lake Trail, and Coastal Hiking Trail.

Pukaskwa National Park Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Part of the mystique of Pukaskwa National Park comes from its location on the shores of Lake Superior, the largest by surface area–and possibly coldest– freshwater lake in the world. The lake’s average temperature is so cold–4ºC (39ºF)–that Arctic plants thrive along its coast.

This unpredictable swelling sea has a reputation for storms that make its waves powerful enough to sink grand ships like the Edmund Fitzgerald among many others. Even when calm, Lake Superior can be terrifying, with varied currents and swells capable of influencing coastal rivers. Pukaskwa National Park has been protecting 1,878 km² (725 sq mi) of territory since 1978. The park includes 14 watersheds, five different rivers that run their full course here, from beginning to end, parts of three other rivers, more than 950 lakes and Tip Top Mountain, the fifth highest in Ontario. A wonderful backcountry trail, and three short walks enable visitors to explore some of the mysteries of Pukaskwa for themselves. This trail guide includes Beach Trail, Southern Headland Trail, Halfway Lake Trail, and Coastal Hiking Trail."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Marathon
Distance: 41
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 4 trails totaling 1 to 10 days
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Pukaskwa National Park Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

8/29/2009
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Good hiking, well setup and nice views.The guide provided here is low quality, go to the park's website or office for better information.


8/18/2008
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If you don't want to see another soul, this is the place for you! Great trail, easy, but interesting.



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May 2018