Bon Echo Provincial Park: Abes & Essens Lake Trail (3 days / 17 km)

A tourist watching the beauty of Bon Echo Abes Essen Trail

The Abes and Essens Lake Trail is the only backpacking trail in Bon Echo Provincial Park and one of few in Eastern Ontario. A short drive from Kingston and Ottawa, this trail is a great option for local backpackers of all skill levels. 

The trail is made up of three interconnecting looped trails—Clutes (3.5 km), Essens Lake (9.6 km), and Abes (17 km) and is rated by Ontario Parks as moderate to difficult since day-hikers frequent the area. The first loop is clearly well-used as it is wi...


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