Cup and Saucer Trail

Cup and Saucer Trail, Manitoulin Island: Address, Phone Number, Cup and Saucer Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Cup and Saucer Trail
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Eliza H
Montreal, Canada13 contributions
Oct. 2021
A very nice and interesting trail! It requires some scrambling and ladder-climbing though, don't expect a leisurely comfortable walk. It's a hike. The views are very pretty at the top! We did the loop, but the second half (back through the forest) was less exciting although less crowded. The trail seems to very popular, expect a lot of people.
Written October 8, 2021
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Grant H
Bracebridge, Canada4 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Build the wooden stairs in two sections with a platform, it is over 50 degrees, and with wet wood our dog, so us too, could not make it to the bluff, crazy stupidity.
Written September 13, 2021
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7 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Family
It was a good hiking trail! Lots of rocky terrain at the bottom when going up the mountain, and the stairs and railing was a fun surprise!

Definitely recommend doing this trail! It was pretty packed with people but the view is really nice and it’s not super strenuous at all - anyone can do it!
Written August 30, 2021
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London, UK292 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Friends
Quick tip: red trail is the main one and you will see 2 paranormic views. Blue trail is an extra ~5km trail but eventually loops back to red trail. The “Adventure trail” is 500m but you will be using your hands and feet and body to get around. No walking sticks will help in adventure trail! I liked the trail, it was mostly flat. Some paths are narrow for one to get through. Otherwise the view is soooo nice!
Written August 17, 2021
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LaSalle, Canada67 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Friends
What an awesome trail! I was a bit nervous about taking my boys (ages 11 and 13) because of the cliffs based on some of the other reviews. I was also a bit nervous that the trail wouldn’t be well marked. But I was wrong on both accounts. The red trail was very well marked and truly a pleasure to hike. The view at the top was beautiful and I highly recommend this trail to anyone looking for a moderate work out. Very doable if you wear running shoes or boots and can handle a bit of physical exertion. I did come across a couple people who were struggling, but overall I saw a lot of people of all ages managing it well. Total length of the red loop was 5 km.
Written August 13, 2021
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Ontario, Canada204 contributions
Jun. 2021
This is one of the best and most challenging hikes I have been on in Ontario. The trails are not marked that well, so there were a few times we were not sure which way to go. We went on the blue trail which apparently is easier. There are some difficult spots, example stairs, ladders etc. I brought my hiking sticks which was helpful for me. Once we got to the look out, there was a sign, however we didn't realize the way we choose to go back was the adventure trail. I thought it just looked like we would get back to the car quicker. We had two young boys, 9 and 7 with us who loved the adventure trail...they wanted to do it again. If you're not fit to climb rocks and go down ladders and through small enclosed places then I would skip this trail...stick to the blue trail. Worth the hike!
Written July 19, 2021
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Noel H
Toronto, Canada37 contributions
Jul. 2021
Was super busy and you had to wait on people in certain spots. It's a fairly tough trail so not the best spot for mobility challenged people or big dogs though they still go. There's a wooden staircase part way up and I never did figure out how people got their dogs down. It was a long line up because of that at those stairs.

It's a workout for sure on a hot day.
Written July 14, 2021
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Toronto, Canada153 contributions
Jun. 2021
The Cup and Saucer trail is a fantastic hike if you're on the island! It's well-marked, has fabulous views, and it's a great workout. There's options for less experienced and more experienced hikers. Worth doing if you have some time!
Written July 12, 2021
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Toronto, Canada749 contributions
Jun. 2021
Michigiwadinong: The Cup and Saucer Trail

Combined distance of all trails (includes the Adventure Trail and the Blue Trail): 10.57km
Moving time: 2h 40 min
Stopped time: 1h 38 min
Things to Bring: Water, Binoculars, Lunch, Blanket (or lightweight portable chairs)

The trail is most famous for the breathtaking views from the top of the escarpment - and they are spectacular. We’ve taken in the views in both June and late-September, and both times of year have their special charms. In June the forest is lush and cooling, and wildflowers are evident along the trails. In late-September the forest is ablaze with fall colours which are particularly beautiful when viewed from on high.

Another aspect of the trail gets less comment but is worthy of mention. The walk provides you with a chance to get up close and personal with the magnificent geological formations of the Niagara escarpment. Take in with child-like wonder close up views of hundreds of layers of rock layered like elegant brick work. Stand next to huge chunks of solid stone with deep slices carved by thousands of years of rain. Marvel at how trees sink their roots in between layers of rock, becoming one with the stone, stubbornly thriving.”

Red Trail:
The is the trail that leads from the parking lot to the famous views at the top of the escarpment. It’s a fairly easy walk, but it does require decent mobility as some portions have short but steep vertical sections that require you to clamour over a few large rocks. It takes you to the top of the bluffs and then along the cliff side offering a number of spectacular views of sweeping forests, distant lakes, and the bluffs themselves. We got a close up look at a Downy Woodpecker and a family of Grouse, as well as a number of butterfly species. Tiger Lilies were plentiful along the trailside during our mid-June visit.

The first part of the trail is a gradual ascent but a couple of spots require navigating some large rock formations and climbing a short but steep ladder. The ground also has some narrow deep crevasses in spots where water has worn through the rock, so keep young children and dogs close. The viewpoints are along steep cliff faces - mind your footing and don’t get unnecessary close to the edge.

The entire trail is shaded by healthy forest, which makes this a great walk on a hot day. The main trail is marked in red and takes you by the most popular viewpoints.

Adventure Trail:
The “Adventure Trail”, marked in yellow, is a 500 metre trail adjacent to the Red Trail. It’s a lot of fun with some challenging footwork and fascinating rock formations. You’ll find a ladder that takes you into a cave and one that takes you up onto a rocky, secluded perch. This trail should be avoided in wet conditions - it just cries out for a sprained ankle or broken wrist.

Blue Trail: We chose to walk this loop to come down from the Red Trail lookout points. We like to take this trail because it is much less travelled and provides less busy viewpoints along the top section. If you check our Google Maps for Manitoulin, we GPS marked a spot that is rarely visited with a big flat sheet of rock making for a wonderful place to sit and relax while you drink in the view. The blue trail is a bit rocky and uneven in parts, but generally it’s long stretches of very pleasant nature path through shaded trees; this is a great trail for hot summer days.

The Blue Trail is clearly marked overall, but there are two points that can be a bit confusing. You’ll run into a maintenance road (45.8420398, -82.1117584) - this is not part of the trail. Look across the maintenance road along the tree line and you’ll see blue markers (some blue trail tape as well) that mark where you are meant to re-enter the trees and connect to the ongoing trail. Past this point further down the trail seems to split as well - to our left we noticed a well-travelled foot path that had a rope hanging across it. Take note: that was not the way to go. We went right and eventually rejoined the Red Trail that took us back to the parking lot.
Written July 5, 2021
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Grosse Pointe, MI238 contributions
Jun. 2021
First of all it is 6 MILES, not kilometers. Most of the trail markers have been destroyed, very little trail maintenance and the maps are not helpful. Very dark and in the bush most of the time. Steep, tree roots, very large boulders (the size of a kitchen range), very few signs, no handrails, narrow and sloping with loose soil on top of rocks making very poor footing. It took us 3.5 hours on a nice sunny dry day with a breeze . The view at the top looking down the Escarpment is spectacular. I did not stay long as I was concerned about my ability to get back down in one piece. There were young children and dogs and people wearing crocs and Birkenstocks -whether they went all the way I do not know. I felt like I had achieved an accomplishment. Having done Tuckerman's ravine on Mt. Washington I would say it is about the same. Good hike but prepare for an arduous journey that feels endless.
Written June 24, 2021
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