Location: Nipigon, ON
The Palisades trail, also known as the Palisades of the Pijitawabik [PEE-GEE-TUH-WAW-BIK] is a must-do hike for local and visiting hikers providing views from some of the highest points in Northwestern Ontario. The Orient Bay Palisades trail has been created and maintained by the MNR. They have constructed stairs and bridges to protect the terrain from erosion.
The trail starts at the parking area and climbs of 150m over 1.6 km to the summit of the palisades. The trail then follows along near the edge of the cliff but views are only found at the four lookouts along the way. The trail ends at the Cascade Falls. On the return trip follow the Browse Lake loop by taking the left-hand fork shortly after heading back on the trail. From the lake continue on to the junction of the main trail and back down the series of stairs to the bottom.
Drive approximately 40 kilometres northeast of Nipigon on Highway 11 turn right at the blue & white highway sign identifying the trail entrance. The parking area is located 200m from the highway.
If you are into geocaching check www.geocaching.com so you can find the geocaches located along this trail. In the winter these Palisades are the home to one of the top ice climbing destinations in North America.