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Cliff Top Trail | Mazinaw Rock | Bon Echo Provincial Park | Summer Hiking Photoblog

ARE YOU READY TO TACKLE THE CLIFF TOP TRAIL?

You’re just at the start of the trail – keep going to learn about the hike and see many photos from the hike up and the views from multiple lookout points.

Cliff Top Trail details

Only accessible by water. Paddle to the dock, take a boat or buy a ticket to ride the Mugwump Ferry to reach the Cliff Top Trailhead.

Bring water and stay hydrated! If you need to use facilities, there is an outhouse halfway through the hike on a short side trail with signage to point the way.

Dogs are allowed on this trail, but not on the Mugwump Ferry. I can honestly say that all the dogs encountered were petrified of the metal grate stairs, of which there were many. Unless you can carry your furry friend up and down many flights, please leave your pooch behind, pet parents!

Travel Date: August 2018


1.5

KILOMETERS

MODERATE HARD

DIFFICULTY

45+

PHOTOS IN THIS BLOG


You’ll hike up steel stairs, wood, and natural root steps, and walk around boulders and over the exposed rock faces. There is minimal flat terrain with this 100m ascension over a 750m trail. There is always an angle to the hike.

Shortly after the stairs and a small hike brings you to the first lookout platform.

A longer uphill hike through the forest on naturally rooted steps and steel stairs, bringing you up to the second lookout platform.

The View From Lookout Platform #2

STAY ON THE TRAIL | 🤬 |
Don’t disrespect the parks.

Not only are these people selfishly trampling on sensitive plants and across protected ecosystems, but they are also risking their lives but wandering so close to the edge of the cliff.

The ascent continues.

Only a little further and you’ll reach multiple viewing platforms along the cliff top.

There’s an incredibly breathtaking view of the Narrows plus, both upper, and lower Mazinaw Lake.

This is a fragile ecosystem, not a sandbox

Ontario Parks staff spend plenty of time taking apart the arts and crafts that hikers create along trails. While you are playing where you shouldn’t, delicate plant life is crushed underfoot, moss and lichen are killed by handling rocks, and the creatures that call these rock piles home have to live in this devastation.

You can already see that nothing grows here, except for this garden of Inukshuks. We can do better!

Return along the same trail

I recommend staying on the marked trails and using the designated three lookout platforms not only protects our park, ensuring the wild landscape remains beautiful but also keeps you on a safe path!

Leaving Cliff Top Trail dock on the Mugwump Ferry

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