Centennial Ridges Trail

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Dawn L
Grimsby, Canada254 contributions
Great views!
Jun. 2021 • 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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Ontario, Canada693 contributions
Great trail, but can be muddy
Sep. 2020
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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Toronto, Canada674 contributions
Challenging & breathtaking hike
Sep. 2020 • 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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Milton, Canada16 contributions
Get out early! It was beautiful
Aug. 2020 • 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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Richmond Hill, Canada7 contributions
Worth the effort
Jul. 2020
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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Toronto, Canada371 contributions
Well Worth the Trudge
Oct. 2019
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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Ontario, Canada58 contributions
Must see
Oct. 2019 • 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
Hard but good trail
Sep. 2019
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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Suffolk, UK4 contributions
Hard but enjoyable trail
Aug. 2019
My boyfriend and I completed this trail on a recommendation from an Algonquin ranger who told us this was her favourite in the park, and we really enjoyed it. The trail itself is about 10km long and took us about four and a half hours to complete, with a number of breaks for lunch and chilling at the lookout spots. There were a lot of ascents and descents and from what I can tell this trail is the hardest in the park- we managed perfectly fine (both 23 y/o of average fitness) but we worked up a sweat and our feet did ache by the end! This trail also *definitely* requires hiking boots- you will be walking over roots, rocks and bedrock. Do not be fooled by the fact that this trail has the same difficulty rating as the Lookout trail- Lookout is far easier and we did multiple hikes on the day we completed it. After the Centennial Ridges trail all we wanted was to sit down and have dinner!

We found that the sections on this trail which go through the dense forest were not the most exciting, but there are a number of gorgeous lookout points as well as spots that open out to lakes and a river where you can see beaver dams (we didn't see any beavers sadly)! If you're thinking of doing this trail I would pack a lot of water and snacks- we only had a small water bottle each and were really thirsty by the end, as some of the climbs are fairly demanding. Also bring bug spray as the sections of dense forest by the water were a bit buggy (in the August afternoons at least)!

All in all I would recommend this hike for people who are in good shape and who enjoy long hikes as well as a bit of a challenge.
Written August 31, 2019
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Canada408 contributions
Great hike
Aug. 2019 • Family
This took us about 3:40. We took small photo breaks and maybe a 5 minute snack break. We are experienced hikers and move at a decent pace, but I would agree that this is a challenging hike due to the consistent elevation change and rocky terrain. Would be even more so if the trail was wet.
This does have plenty of lookout points throughout the trail - but to be honest, I wouldn’t call most of them spectacular views. I have to say that the view you get from the Lookout Trail might be more satisfying for many hikers with much less effort.
We did see bear poop right on the trail (just a bit after sign post 8). Looked like Yogi just ate a big bag of blueberries.
Written August 6, 2019
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