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Casque Isles Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A adventurer's dream come true, and then some! A must-do trail in Northwestern Ontario.


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33.9

Miles

54.5

KM

95%

Runnable

1,301' 396 m

High

604' 184 m

Low

5,277' 1,608 m

Up

5,253' 1,601 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

The Casque Isles Trail is a signed and groomed recreational running trail that offers scenic vistas to the visitors who wish to share in Lake Superior's majestic and rugged beauty in Ontario, Canada. Beginning in Rossport, passing through Schreiber and ending in Terrace Bay, the total length of the Trail is 53 km.

For those who do not wish to attempt the entire trek, the Trail is divided into 5 Segments; each with it's own Access point from Hwy-17 and each presenting it's own unique wilderness experience. These Segments vary in length and difficulty so that both the advanced and the beginner can enjoy the North Shore.

Inspiration for the trail's name came from a quote by Dr. John J. Bigsby—a physician, geologist and member of the British commission in Upper and Lower Canada—who wrote about Lake Superior's north shore from atop Pic Island in 1823. To quote:
"As I turned towards the land, tall casque-shaped islands were seen here and there, full of sinuosities and overlooked by pleasingly grouped hills of conical or waved outline from 600 to 800 feet. I was well repaid for the trouble of the ascent."

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Description

At 53 kms (33 miles) in length, this wilderness recreational trail is divided into 5 Segments and boasts 11 different access points. From the shores of Lake Superior to incredible vistas from the lookouts and the forests in between, the Trail provides a true North of Superior experience as it travels along the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. While some seek the challenge of running the entire trail, day running can easily plan excursions from 6 to 13 kms (4 to 8 miles) or less if desired. If you're traveling along the top of Lake Superior the Casque Isles Trail is a must see!

The Trail has been hand built and maintained by passionate volunteers since 1976. Blue markers mark the main trail and white markers mark side trails or Access trails. The trail is classified as difficult, but there are sections that provide for an easy run. There are some steep grades and the creeks may have to be waded seasonally. The trail is suitable for runners who have some experience and are prepared with proper equipment, food and water.

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Jun 26, 2021 near Marathon, ON

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