High Lonesome Nature Reserve, a 200 acre property located in the Pakenham Hills, was donated to the MMLT by the family of the late Barry Spicer in April 2012. A network of trails through the forests, over the hills and streams, by the ponds and through the meadows has been developed and cared for by the donor’s brother Ken Spicer. Ken has documented many of the natural riches found there, shared them with the MMLT and encouraged the Land Trust to complete the work he began. MMLT has committed to conserve High Lonesome as a nature reserve in perpetuity.

High Lonesome Nature Reserve lies within the Pakenham Mountain Provincially Significant Wetland Complex. It is a dense mosaic of regenerating forest, about 30 to 80 years old, with creeks wandering through the property.  These features make wonderful, rich habitat for a variety of wildlife. At least seven species at risk have already been observed on the property, including the rare Flooded Jellyskin.

There are 8 km of trails winding through the property, providing opportunities to see the varied habitats and if you’re lucky, to see some interesting wildlife.  The property is open to the public and parking is available at the end of Carbine Rd., just outside the gate, which limits ATV access.  There is a small gate for pedestrians.

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High Lonesome Nature Reserve characteristics

Length: 8 km of trails
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible.
Fees: none

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: none

Attractions: none

Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust, Carleton Place, ON - 613-253-2722

Find it: West end of Carbine Rd, Pakenham. ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 45.3313650
Longitude: -76.3675800