Sleeping Giant Provincial Park: Kabeyun Trail (4 days / 27 km)

Sleeping Giant is a provincial park near Thunder Bay, Ontario. It boasts a stunning and unique geological formation - a massive volcanic mesa (tabletop plateau). The mesa has sheer cliffs that drop down into the boreal forest and the ocean-like expanse of Lake Superior. Though the Top of the Giant lookout is popular with day hikers, the backcountry on the peninsula offers hikers a unique “West-Coast” experience along the Lake Superior shores. 

Trip Completed: July 2019

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Kabeyun Trailhead

Ending Point:  Kabeyun Trailhead (loop trail w/ detours)

Total Distance: 27 km +8 km of detours to high viewpoints 

Elevation Gain: 566m

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate


This trail is located in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, on the north shore of Lake Superior. The trailhead is ~1 hour from Thunder Bay.

Traditional Territory: This route in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is located on the traditional territory of Anishinabewaki and Michif Piyii (Métis) (source).

Maps & Resources

Map: There is a hiking map available at the visitor's centre. There is also an online map by Ontario Parks.

Campsite Reservations: Campsite reservations can be made through the Ontario Parks Reservation System. You book a "zone" for each night (i.e. Lehtinen’s Bay).

Outfitters & Shuttles

Outfitter: We did not use any outfitter for this trip.

Shuttle: As this route is a loop, no shuttle is needed.

Trip Report

Day 1: Trailhead to Lehtinen’s Bay (7 km)

Distance: 7 km to campsite + 6.6 km roundtrip to the Top of the Giant

We left Thunder Bay at 7:00 am. After picking up our permits at the camp office, we started on the Kabeyun Trail around 9:00 am.

The first 7 km, to Lehtinen’s Bay, is flat and wide (and accessible by bicycle). We took the short detour to the Sea Lion Rock, an interesting rock formation on the shore of Lake Superior.

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