The Upper Madawaska Basin Trails, with more than 50 kilometres of trails centred around Spectacle Lakes, and taking in Bear and Burnetts mountains, are located 20 km west of Barry’s Bay (Ontario) along the Hwy 60 (Algonquin Route) corridor and 31 km east of Algonquin Park. The trails are accessible through 5 trailheads.

Vehicle parking is only available along shoulders of public roadways.

Trails are not recommended for recreational use during HUNTING SEASON

The trail network was designed to provide links between all the primary trails. This allows the user to plan a couple of hours on the trail or make it an all-day outing, and to take just a short jaunt or a more vigorous endeavour covering as many kilometres you care to do.

All trails have vantage points offering stupendous panoramic views in all seasons.

All trail information is provided through permission of the Madawaska Trails Group.

List of trails and trail activities:

Trail network access points:

Hwy 60 – East (South side)
3.1 km east from Spectacle Lake Road junction
45.52936 -77.84177758

Hwy 60 – East (North side)
3.2 km east from Spectacle Lake Road junction.
45.528973 -77.841079

Hwy 60 – West (South Side)
– 23471 Hwy 60
– 2.2 km west from Spectacle Lake Road junction.
45.525901 -77.894171

Spectacle Lake Road – North (West side)
– 0.8 km south from Hwy 60 junction.
45.531506 -77.863248

Spectacle Lake Road – South
– 2.3 km south from Hwy 60 junction – end of public road.
– Parking area.
45.524308 -77.8501667

Link to trails map:

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Upper Madawaska Basin Trails characteristics

Length: More than 50 km of trails
Difficulty: (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet.

Amenities: None

Attractions: Panoramic views

Madawaska Trails Group

Find it: See description above

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 45.5293600
Longitude: -77.8417776