Cobre Lake Trailhead

Cobre Lake Trail

Off the grid is where I love to be, and the Cobre Lake Trail certainly seemed to qualify. Located just north of Mississagi Provincial Park which in turn is north of Elliot Lake, the lake sits on the edge of the vast, nearly uninhabited Ontario North Woods. Twelve kilometers, or 7.5 miles, in length, the Cobre Lake Trail passes no less than a half dozen lakes, pushes through a dazzling variety of forest types, across bare rock outcrops, along sandy beaches, and to the open summit of Mt. Belvedere with its expansive views. If that wasn't enough the color season was making an early arrival so the colors were surprisingly vivid in spots. I had a feeling ahead of time this would be a hike to remember, and boy oh boy, was it ever...as always, enjoy!


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  46.638619, -82.804055


Route Type:  Loop                       Difficulty:  HARD

Hike Length: 7.5 miles                  Hike Duration: 4:00

Trailhead Temp: 51'F                    Trail Traffic: 1-5 people

Min. Elevation: 1,280'                    Max. Elevation: 1,740'

Total Vertical Gain: ~1,000'          Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile:  133'

  • matthew

    on January 13, 2013

    I hiked this trail in late August 2012. The temperature was in the 30's C which made a swim in Tenfish Lake obligatory, but made for a heated walk otherwise. This is definitely one of the most rewarding trails I have hiked in Ontario and I have been on many. The lookout on Belvedere is as good as it looks and the trail doesn't disappoint in any way. Every lake does have its own character. As of 2012, Elliot Lake has erected a very impressive and informative display board at the trailhead. As for the trailhead, let me just add that the access road is still very rough but go slow in a Camry and its driveable. There is parking for about 8 cars at the trailhead. For first time visitors, the access road forks shortly after leaving the highway. Turn to the left at the fork. To the right leads to a Crown Land inpromptu camping spot on the south shore of Cobre Lake. I camped for a few nights at Mississagi Provincial Park, about 10 minutes south of the trailhead. A wonderful park with its own spectacular trails, especially Semiwite Lake and Helenbar Lookout. Sadly, at the time of this writing, it turns out I may have been one of the last to ever be able to camp there. The Ministry of Natural Resources announced shortly after camping season closed, that they were closing Mississagi PP to camping (along with 8 other parks in Northern Ontario) which is so unfortunate as Mississagi had one of the most verdant and secluded campgrounds that I have seen in the provincial parks system.

  • HockShots

    on November 24, 2010

    I really enjoyed vicariously revisiting this wonderful trail through your photo gallery and ample commentary. A wonderful trail by any measure. I used to spend a lot of time on this trail in the mid to late 1980's when I worked in Mississagi Provincial Park. The vistas from the lookouts are spectacular, and the lakes pristine in various sizes and each with its own character. Although I was never there this late in the season to see the blazing fall colours, in many other respects the trail has not changed much, and I recognize the exact location of many of your photos.

  • Marla

    on September 27, 2010

    What a wonderful day you had! Beautiful pics!

  • Kathy

    on September 25, 2010

    All I can say is "wow"!!!! I do love summer and it's warmth, but the colors of fall sure reflect God's grandeur-- a brillant canopy against the breath-taking beauty of the lakes-- yes, and even the rocky trails!!! Thanks Dan!!!!

  • Cheryl

    on September 24, 2010

    I love the 2nd picture on the last page. That would make a great wall hanging!

  • Cheryl

    on September 24, 2010

    That's pretty neat that you can register that you were there.