But the views definitely rival Finger Point Trail. Length: 2 km round-tripElevation gain: 275 mTrailhead: Mt McKay Lookout Drive / scenic lookout parking lot. A LOT. For Minnesota, which borders Ontario along the Pigeon River, it’s their tallest waterfall at 28 meters (92 feet). If you’re looking for a short but fun and challenging hiking trail right on Lake Superior, check out Finger Point trail at Pigeon River. You'll have to share with fellow outdoor enthusiasts: mountain bikers and trail runners also frequent this trail. Paddle on Pickerel Lake, explore beautiful forest and soak in the serenity. Length: 10 km round-tripTrailhead: Dawson Trail Campground. Another option, of course, is to hike to Middle Falls from the visitor center. The paved road provides it through the surrounding forest, and more complicated paths branch off along the way. Middlebrun Bay Trail is a gentle out-and-back hike that follows the stony shoreline of Lake Superior to a secluded beach—nice for a chilly dip in the summer or admiring dramatic ice formations in the winter. This trail was once a logging road. The Cascades hiking trails near Thunder Bay are very well marked by colors on the trees, but it’s a bit trickier finding the path back; pay attention to where you come out of the trees. Or, take a leisurely boardwalk stroll to rugged lakeshore views. And their views over the steep walled gorge below are definitely better. very big culvert under the highway). Midway along the path, Finger Point Trail takes you right alongside the lake. To orientate yourself, check out the park map and watch for trail signs on the trees. Here’s a map of Pigeon River hiking trails near Lake Superior. amzn_assoc_region = "US"; Destinations that will leave you Breathless. Below are my favorite pieces of hiking gear and links to good options for you. Click here to learn more or control your settings. hiking forest views birding wildlife nature-trips lake walking dogs-no trail-running camping wild-flowers backpacking kids river snowshoeing dogs-leash Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Here’s The Deal: "Cascades Conservation Area is a favourite Thunder Bay residents. Leading through forested areas and passing by lakes, meadows, cliffs and a small waterfall, this out-and-back route is home to assorted wildlife, especially deer and moose. Find out this fall — grab your boots and tackle a selection from 18 of the region’s best trails (then grab a local craft beer to follow), Copyright © Explore Magazine. I’m definitely not a hard-core hiker (as you can see by me wearing jeans in the picture below! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Poplar Point Trail. That’s the lookout at the end of Finger Point Trail. It's located on the Indian Reserve of the Fort William First Nation and was originally known as "Thunder Mountain." The first section has a ton of tree roots along the path, and the middle section also has large rocks. On the second day, we hiked Lookout Trail in the morning and had lunch at the foot of Middle Falls. Length: 1 km round-tripTrailhead: Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park parking lot. Along the way, you'll encounter some moderate-to-steep climbs. Lookout Trail is our last of the five Pigeon River hiking trails near Lake Superior, and the most challenging. All hiking trails are well-shaded through the pretty poplar and birch forest. Hikers can follow this trail all the way to Thunder Mountain. If you’re looking for fun hiking trails near Lake Superior, check out the trails at Pigeon River in Northern Ontario. Comment below! More information: alltrails.com. amzn_assoc_linkid = "6703a047f19307602c71be05e7325b15";