I’m looking forward to fall, especially when I browse through the pictures of our wonderful roadtrip in Ontario last year. When we arrived in Algonquin Provincial Park, the Fall Foliage had just peaked, which meant that our eyes were going to see the most beautiful colors. We hiked kilometres through the park and enjoyed the nature and autumn colors. One of the hike we did was Mizzy Lake Trail, a 10,8 km trail through a wooded area and along beautiful lakes and marshlands.
The great thing about Mizzy Lake Trail, but also all other trails in Algonquin Provincial Park, is that you can borrow or buy a booklet for $0,50 at the beginning of the trail. The whole hike is described along with some numbered points. So you learn all sorts of interesting facts about the places you see. There is also a map so you know exactly how far you are and how much you still have to go. The trail is also well marked.
Great opportunities to spot wildlife and beautiful nature
Because Mizzy Lake Trail is a fairly long trail, you won’t see many other hikers and you can completely enjoy the beautiful scenery. In addition, dogs are forbidden on this trail. An extra bonus for me, because I’m afraid of dogs. Because of the quietness and the absence of dogs, the chances of spotting animals are big in this area. Beavers, deer, moose, squirrels, turtles, coyotes and even black bears belong to the species that are present here. Sounds very promising, but unfortunately. Despite the calm that prevailed everywhere, we had no luck. The rustling turned out to be false alarm every time. Apart from a number of cute squirrels our wildlife counter sticked to zero this day. But we saw a great diversity of natural areas. Grasses which showed the first fall colors, a huge amount of pine trees, large and small (swamp) lakes, quiet streams, dense forests. The nature here is stunningly beautiful.
The areas through which we hiked were gorgeous. In several places there are wooden paths, for convenience but also to protect nature. These wooden trails bring you along the shores of large lakes and through extensive wetlands. The great thing about Mizzy Lake Trail is that it takes you through forests but also along lakes and wetlands. Without this, this hike would be monotonous, because there are no vantage points. Furthermore, the fall colors were not in majority everywhere. In addition to trees from which the leaves discolor, there are lots of trees that remain green until at least October, such as pines. The green created a nice contrast with the orange, yellow and red.
The ultimate autumn feeling
Fall was in full swing on Mizzy Lake Trail. Feel, see and smell, that’s what this season is all about. The colored blanket on the ground, the fresh scent of the pines, the silence of the forest, the rustle of the leaves but also of the birds and the squirrels in the forest and the light that the trees filter so beautifully. It was a feast for all our senses. The most beautiful were the countless types of mushrooms we saw in all colors and sizes. On trunks, hidden among the green plants or between fallen leaves. Mushrooms that I sometimes hadn’t seen before. No fall hike that I would make later on would be as beautiful as this one, I was convinced. This didn’t turn out to be true, because Centennial Ridges, which we hiked the next day, turned out to be even more stunning because of the numerous views and color explosions.
Are you also looking forward to the fall season?
This trail isn’t difficult because there are only small height differences and the trail mostly runs through forests and along lakes. The rocks, tree roots and mud make it more challenging. And of course the colored foliage on the ground makes the trail slippery. Although the level of difficulty isn’t high, you have to be careful sometimes. Duration of this hike is 6 hours but including a few stops and an extended lunch break, we finished in 4,5 hours.