Western Uplands Backpacking Trail: Maple Leaf Lake (2 days / 12 km)

Campsite at Maple Leaf Lake on Western Uplands Backpacking Trail

The Western Uplands Backpacking Trail is an overnight backpacking trail with multiple campsites that spans roughly 88 kilometers if you intend to complete the entire loop. It includes plenty of lake view campsites that are very well maintained and well-spaced apart providing a good level of privacy amongst campers. Beginner backpackers can experience the trail by hiking a single section of it.

The full trail trail can be accessed via 2 access points: West Gate and Rain Lake. It is considered an intermediate to advanced difficulty, depending on how far you decide to venture into the trail from the access point. 

This trip report details an option for a 2 day / 1 night route.

Trip Completed: July 2020

Trip Summary

Starting Point31 - West Gate Access PointEnding Point31 - West Gate Access PointDuration2 days / 1 nightDifficultyBeginnerTotal Distance11.8 kmElevation Gain332 m

Location: We started from the West Gate Access Point which is located at KM 3 of Highway 60. The nearest town is Hunstville.

Traditional Territory: The Highland Backpacking Trail is located on the traditional territory of the Algonquin, Huron-Wendat and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Map: Algonquin Provincial Park Backpacking Trails (paper map) or you can use AllTrails Pro which lets you download the topographical maps.

Route Planner: Click here to view and modify this route in the interactive Route Planner

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservation: Reservations must be made through Ontario Parks Online Reservation. In previous seasons, you’d book for a campsite on a specific lake, not for a specific campsite. For the 2022 season, you must reserve a specific campsite.

Permits: You do not need to pick up permits at the park office. You can print your reservation at home and carry it with you.

Outfitters & Shuttles

Outfitter: We didn’t need an outfitter for this trip, as we had all of our backpacking g...

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