Algonquin Provincial Park: Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail (2 days / 21 km)

Trip Report - Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail

The Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail is the shortest of the 3 overnight backpacking trails in Algonquin Provincial Park. Situated in the northeast corner of the park, the trail is typically open from late April to late October. This 21 km loop covers the full backpacking trail, including the side trail to High Falls and the Berm Lake Trail. 

The focal point of this route is High Falls—a popular area on the Barron River featuring a natural water slide and rock pools for swimming. Along the trail, you’ll also see beautiful lake vistas, weave around boulders in a section of trail called the “Glacial Boulder Gardens,” and hike amongst the Eastern Pines from which the trail gets its name. 

While the trail is rated as “difficult” by the Friends of Algonquin Park due to “steep climbs, side slopes and sharp turns,” it’s particularly well-suited to beginner backpackers! It’s also a great route for experienced hikers looking for a more relaxing backcountry experience. 

Trip Completed: September 2023

Trip Summary

Location: The Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail is accessed from the Grand Lake - Achray Access Point at Achray Campground in Algonquin Provincial Park. The nearest town is Petawawa — over an hour away. The trailhead is 3 hours from Ottawa and 6 hours from Toronto. 

It’s worth noting that accessing this area of the park requires driving 50 km on a gravel road. The road is rough in sections and may not be suitable for those relying on a rental car to get to the trailhead. 

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of the Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: N/A

Map: Backpacking Trails of Algonquin Provincial Park

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Campsites are booked up to 5 months in advance via the Ontario Parks Online Reservation system. Specific campsites are reserved. 

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