It was a gorgeous November day and I spent most of it paddling off of East Beach. It wasn’t dark yet though and I still had some time to get in a hiking trail before night fell.
Might as well visit my favorite trail in the park, Whiskey Rapids.
The trail is only 2.1 km’s and just the right size for the time I had before it would start getting dark.
I am not sure why, but I have always loved the Whiskey Rapids hiking trail in Algonquin park.
The trail is full of history, which you can learn about by reading along in the guide book when you visit the trail.
It is also a great place to visit, especially in the fall when the big crowds have come and gone.
The trail starts off going down a somewhat steep slope but after that it is a fairly easy walk.
A good portion of the trail runs along water. There is calm still water, water that rushes past quickly, water you can step in and water you stand high above of.
The water views are some of my favorite anywhere and that might be a big reason I love this trail.
I am a water girl, after all.
The water along the trail is generally calm when the winds are low, except for the area where the rapids are. (pictured near the end)
The trail also has a lot of boardwalks, bridges, a few stairs and lots of roots. They definitely add character, don’t you think?
The trail also has alot of narrow pathways that look like someone carved them out of the forest, no doubt made by the endless people who come to explore the trail.
I think this also adds a unique kind of beauty to it.
Well worn, some might say, well loved, I would say.
There are also lots of unique flora and fauna along the trail.
I have recently taken a big interest in fungi and there were many species for me to photograph and check out.
I really loved these ones especially. They were so cute, like out of a cartoon or something.
And I couldn’t resist smushing one of the puffballs to see their insides come shooting out! Such cool little things.
Just before the trail turns to go back into the forest and take you back towards the parking lot, you get a gorgeous view of the rapids.
The sound of the rushing water is magical. Unfortunately, there were a bunch of people where I wanted to take a video for this post, so I just squeezed in and snapped a quick picture.
After that, the trail leads you away from the beautiful Whiskey Rapids and along an old logging road.
I had some fun playing with the setting sun and the long shadows on my way out.
It also created some beautiful views on my way out of the trail.
And just like that, after a bit of a steep walk upwards again, you are back to where you started.
It was time to head home, feeling completely refreshed after spending a day in Algonquin Park visiting two of my favorite places.
I hope you enjoyed my post and hopefully you get out soon to enjoy this trail yourself!
If you have any questions, comments or just want to say hi, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!