Hiking 2013 Hit List — Introduction

Every Spring I make a list of the places I’d like to hike during the season, but it never occurred to me to post about it until a short while ago. Always curious about other bloggers who Like my posts, I was checking things out when I found girlycamping’s 2013 Camping Bucket List — cool! So my Hiking 2013 Hit List is a shout out both in thanks for inspiration and in solidarity with all the booted backcountry gals out there.

My hit list is always longer than what I manage to accomplish, but I think that’s the point of setting these types of wishful goals — to challenge and motivate. Let’s see how the next six months or so will turn out — whatever we miss this year will likely pop up again on next year’s list (winky face).

In no particular order, here’s what’s spurring me on for this year’s Hiking 2013 Hit List:

Day Hikes On My Hiking 2013 Hit List

Arrowhead Provincial Park

For quaint, picturesque scenery, we chose to add Arrowhead Provincial Park to our Hiking 2013 Hit List and this picture validates our choice (smiley face).

Bridge crossing over a stream at Arrowhead Park

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park

We’ve been here before, but there are still enough trails here we haven’t seen for us to go back for two more day trips (smiley face). Just one this year, though.

Scenic view of a river flowing into the forest in the distance at Samuel de Champlain Park.

Marten River Provincial Park

Marten River Provincial Park entrance sign

Driftwood Provincial Park

View of the beach at Driftwood Provincial Park.
Image by Radiowallah (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Dokis First Nation

Hard to believe we haven’t hiked the trails on this section of the French River yet, so we’re making up for lost time in the coming months!

View of French River from a Dokis First Nation hiking trail

Mashkinonje Provincial Park

We’ve seen every inch of Mashkinonje, but we’ve yet to hike the longest loop in one go. This route follows the contour of the park, so we won’t be using Atakas Trail (below) — the most challenging in the park, and my favourite. On the bright side, we’ll get to spend a large portion of the day walking the beautiful shoreline of Lake Nipissing.

Marsh along Mashkinonje Provincial Park's Atakas Trail

McCrae Lake Conservation Trail

Scenery from the McCrae Lake Conservation Area
Image by fchelaru via Flickr Creative Commons

Camping Trips On My Hiking 2013 Hit List

Killarney Provincial Park

This trip’s already booked! During May long weekend, we’ll be testing ourselves for five days on a world-class trail through some pretty rugged terrain on the La Cloche Silhouette Trail. Can’t wait!

I’ve done it before, but this’ll be different, tougher, easier, all of the above and more…

Scene of a peaceful lake along the La Cloche Silhouette Trail in Killarney Provincial Park.

Lake Superior Provincial Park

We’re hoping to make a 10-day vacation out of this one!

Rocky beach on Lake Superior
Image by D. Gordon E. Robertson (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Halfway Lake Provincial Park

We tried to visit this park north of Sudbury last year, but got turned away due to forest fires and had a blast at Wakami instead. We’re really hoping things work out with Halfway Lake this year!

Panoramic scenery from Halfway Lake Provincial Park.
Image by Daryl White [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Obabika Lake

This one might be a toughie since we’ll need a motor boat to get to the trail, plus a reliable way of transporting it. This Temagami-area trail meandering through a stand of old growth white pines has been on our radar for a while, but the vehicular issue always stumped us. After numerous car problems this winter, we might finally have put enough money into our elderly CRV to make it happen (winky face).

Sunset over Lake Obabika
Image by P199 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


4 Thoughts on “Hiking 2013 Hit List

  1. Thanks so much for the shout out! Love the list!!

    1. Thanks! Yours is awesome, too! (smiley face)

  2. Adam Leach:

    Thank you very much for this helpful list! Youv’e got some great spots and I’ll definitely save it for future reference (smiley face). I just wanted to say thank you for sharing such great advice and stories on your blog!

    1. Thanks for reading! I’m glad you enjoy my articles (smiley face).