Baldhead Beach

Lake Superior Provincial Park - Orphan Lake Trail


The Orphan Lake Trail is a 4.5 mile loop through some of the prettiest terrain in Lake Superior Provincial Park. The path leaves the Trans-Canada in the south end of the park. It climbs to a beautiful overlook of its namesake lake, which is landlocked some 400 feet above Lake Superior. From the overlook it follows Orphan Lake for a bit, crosses a burned area from the 1990's which offers beautiful views, and then makes the steep descent to the lakeshore. After a brief time along Superior the trail turns back inland past what, in warmer seasons, is a series of nice cascades and then makes the STEEP climb back to Orphan Lake past some impressive cliffs.

After a two year absence from Lake Superior Provincial Park my calendar and clear skies finally aligned and I was blessed to a truly amazing day on the trail. This hike is sure to be one of my most memorable from winter '09/10...


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  47.490125, -84.810591

Route Type: Lollipop      Difficulty: CHALLENGING (Petzoldt Rating: 6.10 )       Hike Length: 7.2 km      Hike Duration: 3:00      Trailhead Temp: -4'C                            Trail Traffic: NONE!!      Min. Elevation: 183m      Max. Elevation: 311m      Total Vertical Gain: 244m      Avg. Elevation Gain / Km: 34m


2-8-2010