Distance hiked: 1.5km
Location: Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario
Date: July 4, 2020
Hiking is not always about the distance, but sometimes the views along the way. While many trails in Lake Superior Provincial Park feature sweeping views of the lake and its rugged coastline, Trapper’s Trail (1.5km, rated easy) is reputed to provide a different type of view – of the wildlife. Spoiler alert: it lived up its reputation.
The trailhead for Trapper’s Trail is located off of Highway 17 just north of Orphan Lake and Katherine Cove. The trail follows along the shoreline of Rustle Lake, features two viewing platforms and has a floating boardwalk.
We had a rather ambitious day planned, so we got up bright and early. So early that when we arrived at the trailhead it was around 7:30a.m and we were the only people there. Perfect.
The trail loops around Rustle Lake. We hiked clockwise and started off by walking through the forest along the shoreline. As we were approaching the first boardwalk, we heard splashing in the water. And it was loud. We paused and waited. Sure enough, a moose comes out of the water, crosses the boardwalk in front of us, and heads over to the marshy area on the other side of the lake.
We cautiously approached the boardwalk and watched the moose fade into the bushes. I guess this explains why there weren’t too many bugs around us, it’s because they were all swarming around the moose.
Needless to say, the rest of the hike wasn’t nearly as eventful, but it was still a pretty pleasant hike. The trail is well marked with a series of blue markers and the path is relatively flat with minimal elevation gain.
There are a couple of viewing platforms along the trail that provide a nice view of the lake.
The highlight of the trail (besides the encounter with the moose) is the floating boardwalk near the end of the loop that allows you to walk across the lake and see it up close.
As the trail description says, a quiet walk at dawn really does provide the best wildlife viewing opportunities.
My progress on the 52 Hike Challenge can be found here