💯Centennial Ridges, Cloud Lake & Rutter Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario💯 .
Ok Ontario, I get it. You're wet and snowy still, but your beauty is driving me to punish myself! The harsh trail conditions didn't stop me from trudging through snow up to my waist and water to my knees, as I knew this trail had a lot to offer; and was I ever right. Centennial Ridges are a 14km hike from Highway 60 (which you will have to do at this time of year as Centennial Ridge Road is closed and unplowed), and offers incredible views of Algonquin Provincial Park and the surrounding lakes within. The trail this time of year was very tempermental, it couldn't decide if it wanted to throw three feet of snow at me, countless "rivers" from all the snow melt, or if it was ok with showing me the red pine needles that lay on its forest floor. Either way the countless viewpoints and frozen dolomite infested boulders were worth every ounce of pain. I have trekked mountains and ridges in The Rockies, The Coastal Range, The Tantalus Range, and even the Italian Alps, but some of them didn't measure up to the grind that Centennial put me through today. I'd definitely recommend waiting a few weeks if you want to head up there, the snow should be down a bit by then. But after being the only person on the trail today, I can say if you're seeking solitude on Centennial, now is the time to go. I can't wait to come back and watch the show that Algonquin Park displays in the fall from the top of that big rock!