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Trip Planning » Who managed to get a backpacking trip in Algonquin this year? » 9/08/2022 7:30 am

hiker72
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@MartinG
Thanks for the link! This is a very interesting and informative read.


 

Trip Planning » Who managed to get a backpacking trip in Algonquin this year? » 9/07/2022 7:32 pm

hiker72
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Thanks Jdbonney, this post is the first time I have shared my thought with anyone - I think I will submit the idea! I too am curious of the state of the old railway line...
Andrewr0520, I was contacted by a park ranger after expressing my closure concerns and was told that this section of trail was the least used and that they were excited to see the area be reintroduced back to nature. My hunch is that a cost/benefit analysis was also done on maintaining nearly 8 km of trail for 3 lesser used sites (of which the 2 at Loft Lake were redesignated as paddle-in sites). I don't think there is any correlation to the lost girls incident as I heard that this happened south of Rainbow Lake.
Again, thanks for your replies!
Rich
 

Trip Planning » Who managed to get a backpacking trip in Algonquin this year? » 9/06/2022 4:46 pm

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Jdbonney wrote:

The other site on panther lake is nicer. Neither of them are great though. Panther used to just have a single site when they first opened it up. A couple of friends and I were among the first to ever use it as part of a backpacking trip many years ago. I remember checking in and the guy printing the permit at the west gate was so confused as he didn’t even know it was for backpacking. The canoe route map at the time showed it as a portage trail still.

Anyway, great hike. It’s too bad they closed that section that used to go to loft lake. Not sure if you would have chosen that instead but it was always nice to have more choice. So strange they would not look to reopen that section given how busy the trail has been since 2020. I guess they figure people will lose interest as international travel opens up again.

Thanks for sharing, love reading about the backpacking trips, there aren’t a lot of hikers on here.

Oh, and impressive last day. That would have been tough for sure.

Thanks for the interesting background on Panther Lake. I totally would have stayed at Loft Lake (preferably the north site) if it was available. I was really dismayed when they closed that section of trail and would absolutely love to see it reinstated. On a side note, for fun I have checked out the decommissioned sites at McCormack and Leach lakes and can't help but wonder whether something can be done there too.... My bigger dream would be to create a larger 3rd loop option connecting Cranebill, Brule and Potters back down to Loft as most of the trail would already be forged via the low use/maintained portages. If only....

Trip Planning » Who managed to get a backpacking trip in Algonquin this year? » 9/05/2022 9:21 pm

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Hi Sally, sorry to hear that you couldn't make it out to Algonquin. I was surprised how much it's still booked up given Covid restrictions have lessened. I did a solo trip this past May but did not bring a camera, so no pics. I remember it quite well though, so here goes...

Saturday, May 15
I arrive at Kearney and check in mid-morning. The day is mostly sunny and quite hot and humid. My plan is to do loops 3 and 2 of the Western Uplands trail from the Rain Lake access point. I arrive at Rain Lake to an overflowing parking lot. Fortunately, my compact car fits into a tight spot so no precarious road parking is needed. I set out, noticing how busy Rain Lake is with canoes and a small motor boat. I also encounter a substantial number of hikers on the trail - the busiest I have ever seen. The first flat section following Rain Lake goes quickly and is relatively dry given the time of year. I make a rest/snack stop at the Railway bridge remains at Islet Lake. Apparently, the black flies had started to bite within the past couple of days, but I don't find them overly aggravating as I am prepared for them. I make a lunch stop at the first site on Brown Lake and take it easy for a while as the heat and humidity have started to wear on me a bit. Upon feeling refreshed, I make the final leg of my first day's journey to West Otterpaw Lake. I pass by another solo hiker setting up camp at the second Brown Lake site, and do not encounter anyone else on the trail until after I arrive at my site. I take a quick breather at the Brown's Creek crossing bench and continue non-stop after that to West Otterpaw. I have the western site booked there, and it's a decent enough spot with a nice view of the lake and a level tent area. Another solo hiker passes by the site as I relax there, and the rest of the time is completely quiet. I don't believe anyone else is camped on the lake or nearby Gervais Lake for the night, and I am thankful for the solitude. After some KD and sausage I have a sm

Equipment » Ways to improve the taste of plain rice ... » 9/05/2022 7:50 pm

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Hi Barry, for something new we tried Patak's Tikka Masala (https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/pataks-tikka-masala-sauce-for-two/6000188764627). We mixed it with whole wheat couscous (quicker than rice) and really enjoyed it. It is a tiny bit heavier due to some liquid content, but we figured it was worth it for a change. There are other flavours as well if you enjoy Indian food.
Cheers,
Rich
 

Trip Reports » Fassett Lake Loop » 6/26/2022 8:45 am

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Thanks for another great read Drew! This one brought back some fun memories as we did this same route in 2017 except that we started and ended at Kawawaymog. It was also my inaugural big trip in a canoe after a nearly 30 year hiatus and it totally rekindled my love for it.
We also explored Shad Lake and agree that it would be pretty much at the bottom of a destination bucket list. I can't remember where I read it (maybe on the old forum?), but there was some kind of story many years back about two trippers on the north site on Shad where one was murdered by a mysterious entity. An urban legend no doubt, probably dreamed up by someone going crazy on that really boring patch of grass...
Cheers,
Rich
 

Trip Planning » When are the bugs coming this spring? » 5/17/2022 9:06 am

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PaPaddler wrote:

@hiker72 - I believe the humming sound comes from Midges and not mosquitos.  It's a common thought that you hear a cloud of mosquitos but it's a smaller harmless fly that makes the humming sound we sometimes hear in spring and summer.

Ah, never too old to learn something new - thanks for the information!

Trip Planning » When are the bugs coming this spring? » 5/17/2022 8:24 am

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keg wrote:

They're here!!!!

Was on Macintosh this weekend and the blackflies were beginning to bite.  I'm sure they'll be at full density this weekend. 

A few mosquitoes around but portages were pretty safe.

I just returned from a hike on the Western Uplands Trail (May 14-16) and the biting has definitely begun. Late afternoon and early evening at camp were especially brutal. Despite spray, I still got chewed up pretty good. Agreed that they'll be at full intensity in the next few days. On the plus side, almost no mosquitoes yet, but I could hear the crazy loud drone of them hatching out on Panther Lake on Sunday.
 

Trip Planning » Rain Lake Road condition (access 4) » 5/07/2022 10:01 am

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Good morning,
Wondering if anyone knows the condition of Rain Lake Road? I have a trek planned starting from there next week. I have taken my sub-compact there in the past without any trouble, so hoping it's good to go?
Thanks
 

Catch-all Discussions » Ice Out 2022 » 4/15/2022 11:13 am

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Abe Froman wrote:

Any predictions? I think in another 2 weeks we should be looking pretty good, gonna be slow for the next 2 weeks the way the forecast is going but i guess only time will tell...

I'm going to take this as an invitation to throw out a best guess! Based on where things are at and the long term weather forecast, my mostly non-scientific guess for ice out is May 6.
 

Equipment » Packable NOAA Weather Radio » 4/09/2022 4:29 pm

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I also bring a Weather Radio for trips lasting more than several days. I have an old school hand cranked one with a built in flashlight. However, it's taking an awful lot of cranking for minimal results and part of the antenna has broken off which doesn't help with the already questionable reception. This looks like a good replacement!

Catch-all Discussions » new park now open north east of bancroft 10k membership fee » 4/09/2022 11:14 am

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Marko_Mrko wrote:

Oh also, can purchase a "Backcountry Butler". I'm physically ill. 

But wait...
'We are offering the portage-less portage where members paddle to the end of a lake, leave the canoe and there’s another canoe waiting on the next lake.'

Trip Planning » Quick question » 4/06/2022 4:09 pm

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On the footwear front... I swear by the Wrightsock double-layer crew socks. I have never had a blister with them.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #569 » 3/30/2022 4:26 pm

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Love that area. Stayed at the northern site on Hurdman a couple years back - definitely a bit rough around the edges but the seclusion was awesome! Unfortunately the old outhouse on the Cedar site has been replaced by a thunder box though…

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #569 » 3/30/2022 11:08 am

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Evan Briden wrote:

cedar

Indeed - you're up!
 

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