Watch Your Footing on the Hike to Devil’s Rock – Temiskaming Shores

Dark, moody clouds continued gathering above me, but as the chances of rain were low (no thunderstorms either), I booted up and headed out on Devil’s Rock Trail A.

The path quickly turned from hard-packed dirt to muddy, but luckily, side trails marked with ribbons circumvented the wettest sections. And then, the route turned rocky.

I cannot emphasize enough how rocky this trail was! From pebbles to grapefruit-sized stones and giant, buried boulders, the way up to Devil’s Rock was not flat! The entire landscape, right up to the edge, was very rocky!

This trail is an ankle twister if you’re not paying attention. I always carry a tensor bandage, just in case!

Trees were growing close to the cliff, and it was only in the last 100 feet of trail that they started thinning out, giving me a peek at the views from way up high!

After going up and over a few more rocks to my vantage point, the forest cleared. From there, I had 180-degree views from Devil’s Rock over Lake Temiskaming, 300 dizzying feet below. I sat down.

I crawled a little closer to the edge for a few photos, then bum-scooted to where I could safely stand and return to the trail.

Reliving my time near the cliff’s edge still makes my heart pound. Every visitor should be aware of the dangers and avoid missteps.

There is a heartbreaking monument for a young man at this location, and a reminder ‘Soyez Prudent! Be Careful” when visiting Devil’s Rock. RIP Alex Barrette.

? Devil’s Rock, Ontario
? Lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Cree, and, Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin).

About Devil’s Rock hike and history.


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