- Distance: 0.8 km (1.4 km return)
- Time: 20 minutes
- Difficulty: Difficult
- Epic panoramic views
The Nanabosho Trail is a short 800 m trail that takes you to a natural buttress on the northeast face of the Sleeping Giant’s chest and is often referred to as the “Chest Trail”. While the first 350 m are steep, the trail levels off as you gradually descend towards the lookout through a tunnel of white spruce.
The cliffs at this location come together in such a way that the natural lookout offer 270° views that extends from the Head of the Giant to Sawyer Bay, Black Bay, Marie Louise Lake (and the park’s campground), Silver Islet, and Thunder Mountain. On a clear day you can see the Paps (two rounded hills beyond Black Bay), Porphyry Island, and numerous other Lake Superior islands.
There are two trailheads that provide access to the Head Trail by car: the South Kabeyun Trailhead off Highway 587 and the Sawbill Lake Trail off Marie Louise Lake Drive.
Note that you have to hike into the backcountry to get to the start of the Head Trail.
You’ll have to make your way to the North Talus Lake Trail Junction via the Kabeyun and Sawyer Bay Trails from the South Kabeyun Trailhead Parking Lot (5.9 km) or via the Sawbill Lake and Sawyer Bay Trails from Marie Louise Lake Drive (4.9 km). Once you get to the North Talus Lake Trail Junction, you’ll hike 1.8 km on the Talus Lake Trail to the start of the Nanabosho Lookout Trail.
Nuggets of Knowledge:
- The highest point of the Nanabosho Trail is over 500 m above sea level and is the highest point on any trail at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
- Stay well back from the cliffs at the top (there are no barriers) and be careful on the steep parts of the trail.