Centennial Ridges Trail

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Centennial Ridges Trail
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Globalina
Toronto123 contributions
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I did this trail a few times in the past 10 years during spring, summer and fall time. Summer hikes can be quite challenging due to heath, humidity and mosquitoes. During the mosquito and black fly season it is crucial
to cover yourself properly (long sleeves cotton shirt and long cotton pants, along with hat and head net) as well as plenty of bug spray and water to be hydrated (4-5 small bottles is what I usually bring). This combination might not be the most appealing solution during hot sunny days and in that case you might have to pick a different season. During spring time trail can be muddy.
The views are amazing, specially the one at points 10 and 11, which is the last ridge on the trail (unless you start the hike in the opposite direction). Many sections of the trail have steep ascents and descents, exposed tree roots and rocks. It is not recommended for someone with low physical fitness. There are many nice points on the trail for breaks and pictures and you should take your time if you get tired. Keep in mind that it can take anywhere between 3-6 hrs to complete this trail, so arrive early to ensure you have enough time.
I have never seen much wildlife on this trail
except for a few chipmunks and birds. It is a popular trail, so you will not be alone mainly in the summer time.
Written June 27, 2022
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OntarioCanuck1
Georgetown, Canada3,842 contributions
Couples
Long trail with many elevation changes, certainly need to start early and come prepared with water and likely food. Other option is to just go part way for great views and then return on same route. Trail can be muddy but the views are spectacular on the ridge, not to be missed during fall colours.
Written October 30, 2021
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Dawn L
Grimsby, Canada262 contributions
Couples
Great, long hike with epic views!
From parking lot it was 13.48 kilns and not flat! It took us 3 hrs and 49 minutes with picture stops and a lunch stop.
Plus I recently sprained my ankle and was a little slower as I can't afford to reinjure it!
The only negative is the flies but because of the reviews I was prepared with bug spray but honestly netting would have been better.

I didn't see a lot of wildlife either, a few birds lots of chipmunks and millions of dragon flies.
Glad we did it, great exercise and great views!
Written June 13, 2021
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AK8397
Ontario, Canada757 contributions
This is a longer trail, about 10 km in total. It is rated difficult, and that is mostly because of the many ups and downs, as well as the many rocks and roots that seem to be everywhere. We also went after a rainy day, and there were a lot of muddy areas to go around (or through!). So it can be challenging, but it was worth it.

There are several scenic look-outs, including two main ridges with spectacular views of the woods and lakes. We went in September when the leaves were starting to turn, the crowds were down and the bugs non-existent. Perfect!
Written October 16, 2020
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M&A2012
Toronto, Canada683 contributions
Couples
This was easily the most beautiful hike we have done in Ontario. It is moderately challenging with lots of ascents and descents. Each of the ascents rewards you with a spectacular view from along the ridge. There are 12 marked viewpoints but each one of the viewpoints along the ridge (there are at least 4 that I recall) actually has multiple viewpoints. When you arrive on top of the ridge there is no need to congregate with everyone, just walk ahead and you will find several other spots, each more beautiful than the last. On top of the ridge are sweeping views over the tree canopy and the lakes below. We timed our visit (Sept 26) around the peak viewing season for maples and the canopy was a sea of red, orange and yellow. The trail was full of colourful maples and poplars, contrasted by beautiful white birch trees.

None of this 10 km hike is flat or smooth - it is winding and narrow (single file for much of it) and you are hiking over rocks, rock face, tree roots and mud. Wear hiking shoes or you will regret it.

There are no washrooms except for an outhouse in the parking lot. Go early - we arrived around 10:30am and had to park on the side of the road 1/2 km from the parking lot (by the time we got back cars were parked nearly 2km out). The last two viewpoints of the 12 were a slow go because of all the people entering the park and just doing those last few viewpoints in reverse direction instead of the full loop. The full 10km loop took us 4 hours including 1/2 hour picnic lunch, tons of photos, and the painfully slow last few kilometres when the trail got crowded.
Written September 26, 2020
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Miltonmoose
Milton, Canada16 contributions
Family
Beauty trail. Got out early. Only saw one other person and it was so peaceful. Some ups and downs for sure, but I would call it a ‘moderate trail’. If you have decent fitness you can enjoy this one. No bugs this time of year. Just me and my oldest and it was one of my favourite few hours this crazy year. We are decently fit, but we did it in just under 3 hours so I don’t think you have to count on it eating up a huge portion of your day!
Written August 22, 2020
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CMA83
Richmond Hill, Canada7 contributions
This is among the longer and the more challenging trails in Algonquin Park. There is a lot of uphills. But it is all worth it as there are many view points and unlike the Track and Tower that has a single look-out with many people resting, this one is less crowded.
Written August 20, 2020
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Kidwais
Toronto, Canada371 contributions
Highly recommended for the sheer view from the highest point, especially in the Fall. On the way too, you will be greeted by colours out of this world !

Categorised as a difficult hike, it is still doable if you are genuinely interested and in fair health. For those who want to reduce the stress, it is possible to break up the climb into smaller lengths at a time.

Since we went in cool weather, we did not carry drinking water, but those who are anxious could do well with two small bottles or one large one. There are no washrooms en-route so you have to use the one at the base if you can manage in a place less than clean. On return, you could be hungry but Algonquin offers several options for food and drinks. Avoid rubbing shoulders with bus-loads of tourists by attempting the hike early morning.
Written November 6, 2019
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fairfam2017
Ontario, Canada58 contributions
Family
Reviewing a hike is difficult secondary to fitness levels. Myself I am late fifties and I found this quite challenging. The hike is rated for 6 hours however I see from reviews quite a few people completing it quicker. Unless you are in great physical condition I would not recommend beginning without six hours of daylight left. As dusk approaches the open areas are fine but within the interior it can get quite dark. Found the blue trail markers difficult to see. In some spots the distance between them is considerable and more than once I backtracked a short way to relocate bearings. After a couple times I asked my daughter to lead the way. Not an overly cautious person I am surprised to now find myself considering a headlamp to keep in my backpack. There are steep drop offs and caution would be advisable with anyone especially children. With all alarmist warnings complete I found the views spectacular and the hike rewarding. There are guidebooks available with reference points within. There is an especially beautiful lookout between waypoint 10 and 11 however wonderful views are throughout this hike.
Written October 24, 2019
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Megan R
Toronto, Canada23 contributions
Hiked this trail in just over 3 hours. Big elevation changes (going up to the ridges and back down) but it was worth it. Views were great and the trail was in good shape.
Written September 16, 2019
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