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Self-Guided Hikes

Self-guided hikes are accompanied by a guide book which corresponds to numbered posts along the trail where a hiker stops, reads the guide book and gains knowledge and insight into the natural environment and the processes taking place right in front of them.

Self-guided hikes begin at the Algonquin Highlands Trails Office where guide books can be obtained.


Length:  3.5 km
Difficulty:  Moderate
Trailhead Address:  20130 Highway 35 North - 12km south of the village of Dorset

GPS Location:  UTM Zone 17. 0669383E 5002819N

Description:  The geomorphology hike is a 3.5 km loop within the Frost Centre Hiking Trails and loops through the scenic lake and upland country of the Haliburton Highlands. Geomorphology is the study of the landscape and the forces that give rise to the different terrains we see around the globe. This hike introduces the hiker to geomorphologic features typical of this part of Ontario and the forces that shaped them.

Forest Management Trail

Length:  1.5 km
Difficulty:  Easy
Trailhead Address:  20130 Highway 35 North - 12km south of the village of Dorset, just across the road from the Algonquin Highlands Trails Office and adjacent to the ski trail access point.

GPS Location:  UTM Zone 17. 0669383E 5002819N

Description:   This is a 1.5 km self-guided loop through a tract of Ontario’s Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Biome. Follow it and discover some of the members of this forest community, from the obvious to the obscure. You’ll also learn how humans participate in this diverse and complex ecosystem. 


Visit the Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site for information on geocache locations in Algonquin Highlands.

Contact Information

Algonquin Highlands Trails Office 
20130 Highway # 35 North
Phone: 705-766-9033
Fax: 705-766-2402

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