This post describes only the portion of the Kabeyun Trail that links Sawyer Bay to Lehitenen’s Bay.
- Distance: 12.5 km (linear)
- Total time: 1 day
- Difficulty: Difficult
- Hiking below the towering cliffs of the Sleeping Giant and along the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior
- Hiking around the Sleeping Giant formation
From Sawyer Bay to Lehitenen’s Bay, the Kabeyun Trail follows the beautiful shoreline of Lake Superior while the towering cliffs of the Sleeping Giant rise steeply alongside. The terrain is relatively flat other than the fairly steep climb over the “feet” of the Sleeping Giant as you round the tip of the peninsula at Thunder Cape. There is also a large boulder field to navigate between Thunder Cape and Lehitenen’s Bay which gives this part of the trail it’s classification as difficult. The trail widens from a single track to a wide double track a few hundred meters from Lehitenen’s Bay.
Highlights along this part of the trail includes hiking below cliffs of the Sleeping Giant, rounding the tip of the Peninsula (aka hiking around the Giant), catching a bit of a view from the top of the “feet”, and the beautiful cobble beach at Lehitenen’s Bay.
This section of the Kabeyun Trail intersects the Head Trail and the Thunder Cape Trail, both of which are short out-and-back trails that can be hiked as add-ons. There are a few nice primitive campsites on the trail between Sawyer Bay and the “feet” of the Giant, one of which has access to a Thunder Box (an open air privy), and several very nice sites at Lehitenen’s Bay. The campsites at Lehitenen’s Bay are equipped with fire pits, a bear locker, and also have access to Thunder Boxes.
This portion of the Kabeyun Trail can only be accessed by foot. To get here, you’ll either have hiked in from the northern most portion of the Kabeyun Trail, from Sawyer Bay Trail, or from the South Kabeyun Trailhead.
- This is a very remote trails. Be prepared to be completely self sufficient before you head out. Remember to share your plans with someone.