Backpack the Coastal Hiking Trail in Pukaskwa NP

5 miles  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Jess Curren

Beautiful backcountry views & campsites in Pukuskwa Canadian National Park along the Coastal Hiking Trail.

Pukuskwa Canadian National Park is located near the town of Marathon in northern Ontario. The only road to access the park is at the north end near Hattie Cove. The park is home to the Coastal Hiking Trail as well as a paddling route and other various water activities. All trails are open May 1st - September 30th.

The Coastal Hiking Trail starts near the Visitor Center at Hattie Cove. The entire trail is about 60 km, but there are many different campsites you stay at to the make the trip as long or as short as you want!

With three kids (ages 10, 8, & 5) we chose to hike to Playter Harbour, only 4.5 km from the visitor center. We were even able to leave our Airstream trailer parked in the lot overnight with no problems.

After we had checked in with the ranger and were geared up, we set out at about 4pm. It took us about 2 hours to hike to the campsite over fairly mild terrain. There were plenty of tree roots and rocks to scramble over, but overall the trail was well-defined and easy to follow.

Playter Harbour is tucked back away from the trail in a small outcropping of rocks right on one of the bays of Lake Superior. There is a fire ring, amazing views, a great swimming hole, bear box, and a pit toilet.

This spot is unique in that you can see both sunrise & sunset, so don't forget your camera!

Read More

Tags

Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Swimming Hole

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Explorer

🥇Top Contributor

over 4 years ago

Rugged and wild

One of the best adventures on the coast of Lake Superior. The Pukaskwa is rugged and wild and follows the coast through coniferous forest, above granite bedrock and across lonely beaches. Great adventure. Kid-friendly, if your kids are up for a challenge.

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike to the White River Suspension Bridge in Pukaswka National Park

    We chose to day hike to the White River Suspension Bridge from our backcountry site at Playter Harbour, but for a challenging hike you could start from the Hattie Cove Visitor Center and go out and back in one day. Total round trip distance is 18 ...

    11.2 miles

  • Camp at Neys Provincial Park

    On the Ontario Parks website, Neys is described as one of the finest sand beaches on the north shore of Lake Superior, with Pic Island as it was immortalized by Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven, sub-Arctic plants, forest trails and pristine sho...

    1 miles 0 ft gain

  • Photograph Old Woman Bay

    This 3km pebble beach in Agawa Bay boast of a spectacular view and a good afternoon. Simply park your car and enjoy! Close in the area is a trail (if you wish to hike) to explore the area as well.  

  • Hike Scoville Point, Isle Royale NP

    At a pretty even elevation, this four mile trail ranks as one of the top trails in the National Park system. Begin your hike on the Stoll Memorial Trail and continue until you hit the Scoville Trail. Follow the Scoville Trail for another roughly 6...

    4 miles