Burnt Point Loop Trail
The Burnt Point Loop Trail is a fantastic hiking route near Tobermory that will lead you through the beautiful terrain of Fathom Five National Marine Park, making for a fun family adventure out on the trails. While out hiking this route, you will pass by several scenic lookouts that offer stunning views of the rocky shoreline of Georgian Bay with its shimmering blue waters. With easy-to-navigate trails that are well-maintained and a good variety of terrain, this route is perfectly suitable for hikers of nearly every skill level.
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Route Description for Burnt Point Loop Trail
A nice and easy hike near Tobermory, the Burnt Point Loop Trail does feature a good variation in terrain types that will keep the hike interesting with some rough and uneven terrain under foot. Be sure to wear decent hiking footwear for the best traction on the trail. Additionally, hikers should check trail conditions prior to setting out, as portions of this trail are often closed due to high water levels. A valid park pass is also needed to access the trail.
Despite its moderate rating, this hike is perfectly suited for a fun day of family exploration in the forests and along the shorelines of Fathom Five National Marine Park. Well-maintained paths that are easy to navigate, beautiful views, and wonderfully atmospheric forests all make this an appealing trail for hikers of every age and skill level. If you are looking for a straightforward way to explore the scenic shores of Georgian Bay, then the Burnt Point Loop Trail might just be the perfect option.
Setting out from the Fathom Five National Marine Park Visitor Centre, follow the trail northeast for 145 m to cross over the road and arrive at the observation tower. Here, you will be able to grab some quick views of the surrounding landscape before setting out on your hike. From the tower, continue east along the forested frail and keep to the right for the next 0.6 km to arrive at a junction. Take the path on the left and keep right at the next two forks to arrive at a beautiful viewpoint at the edge of the striking waters of Little Dunks Bay, set within the much larger expanse of Georgian Bay.
After taking in the views, backtrack the short distance to the main trail and keep right over the next 1.3 km, as you meander through the tranquil woodland setting on the way to the tip of Burnt Point. Once there, you will enjoy some more views overlooking the rocky shoreline of Georgian Bay. These are the last views of the water for the remainder of the hike, so make sure to take your time and soak up the natural beauty of this rugged, yet beautiful landscape.
Continue along the trail as it bends to the southwest, keeping straight for the next 1.5 km through the forest. This stretch of the trail will see you make your way past several small ponds and mature trees that give the woodland setting an almost mystical feel. Reaching a fork in the path, head left and continue on for 320 m until you arrive at a series of junctions. Keep right through each of these and continue straight to follow the initial portion of your hike that will lead you back to the visitor centre where you began your adventure along the Burnt Point Loop Trail.
Insider Hints for Burnt Point Loop Trail
- You will need a valid park pass to access this trail.
- Make sure to wear proper hiking footwear for this hike, as there is a good variety of terrain along the trail.
- Sections of this trail are sometimes closed due to high water levels. Be sure to check trail conditions prior to heading out on your hike.
Getting to the Burnt Point Loop Trail Trailhead
To reach the trailhead for the Burnt Point Loop Trail from Tobermory, head southeast on ON-6 for 700 m and turn left onto Chi sin tib dek Road. After 1.1 km, you will arrive at the parking area for the Fathom Five National Marine Park Visitor Centre.
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