- Distance: 11.4 km (22.8 km return)
- Time: 2.5 hours (5 hours return)
- Difficulty: Moderate
- World-class cross country skiing in winter months
- Beautiful old growth pine trees
- Access to the most remote part of the park
- Biking is permitted on this trail
This wide and linear trail provides hikers and bikers access to the north end of the park in the summer, and is groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter. It’s an inland trail with decent topography and beautiful pine trees that links Marie Louise Lake Drive to Thunder Bay Lookout road and provides access to Twinpine Lake Trail along the way. While it’s transformed into a world-class cross-country skiing trail in the winter, swampy sections, tall grasses, and long stretches with not much going on can make this trail feel a bit underwhelming when hiking it in the summer. This being said, it’s a great trail if you’re looking to get off the beaten track or access remote parts of the north end of the park.
From the north, park on the shoulder of Thunder Bay Lookout Road (3 km from the turnoff to Highway 587) and start your hike at the North Burma Trail Junction. From the south, park on the shoulder of Marie Louise Lake Drive and start your hike at the South Burma Trail Junction.
Nuggets of knowledge
- There is a small natural clearing with a picnic table about 4 km from the North Burma Trail Junction that’s used as an aid station in the 50 km event of the Sleeping Giant Loppet in the winter. It’s a great place to stop for a little picnic in winter and summer months.
- This is a remote trail; be prepared to be completely self-sufficient before you head out and remember to share your plans with someone before heading out.