Difficulty - Easy to Moderate
Some hills, some trails impassable in summer due to washout. Check hiking map to see which trails are open.
ANGLIN LAKE RECREATION SITE HIKING TRAILS
Located within the Anglin Lake Recreation Site is 18km of prestine hiking and cross country skiing trails. The trails are easily accessible and well maintained and they offer some great places to spend a day hiking and exploring.
This is a true northern Saskatchewan hiking location as it takes you into the forest. The aspen trees here grow very large and tower above you.
The Anglin Lake hiking trails borders the Prince Albert National Park and there is a great self reserve campsite in the area. SaskParks has recently invested $3 million into the park to bring in better services which makes this a great location to pitch a tent and spend a weekend.
The hiking trailhead starts at the Land of the Loon Resort and takes you along Jacobsen Bay a small lake. The trail then takes you to a bridge that many people spend their days fishing. If you are an angler this is a great place to try and haul something in. Once you cross the bridge is where you will find the bulk of the trails.
The Anglin Lake hiking trails are hilly in some sections and can be challenging in the winter on cross country skis.
One of the trails was washed out when we tried to make it to the Fire Tower so be prepared to turn around in early spring if it is impassable. I have marked on the Hiking Map, which trail was discovered to be washed out.
I was blown away by the size of the trees in this area and once you are on the trails it is perfectly quiet from outside noise. Trails like this can be hard to find in Saskatchewan where you can quickly get away from road noise and other distractions. If you come in summer the sound of the leaves on the poplar trees in the wind can be almost deafening.
I recommend visiting these trails if you are in the area as there are not many trails in the Emma Lake or Christopher Lake area.
WARNING - This is bear country so it is recommended to carry bear spray and to follow smart bear safety.
FIRE TOWER HIKE
This hike takes you to the top of the forest and offers a spectacular view of the whole forest and the lakes.
There are two places to start this hike, either at the Land of the Loon Resort trailhead or the bridge that passes over Jacobsen Bay. Depending on how much of a hike you want, starting at the bridge saves a little over 4km on the whole hike.
Take Tower Road (the other routes were washed out) that follows along the Prince Albert National Park boundary line. The hike is 3.5km one way from the bridge.
Take a lunch and spend some time at the Fire Tower. They have a picnic and fire pit area set up for people to use that overlooks the forest.
The last .5 kilometer is up a hill but the rewards are worth it. The hiking path is in good enough condition that if you wish to you can bring your bike instead.
The Anglin Lake Recreation Site is on Highway 2 and north of Christopher Lake by about 25km. You will see a large sign that directs you west towards the park.
Follow the paved road Highway 953 into the park for 8.3 kilometers. The trailhead is in front of the Land of the Loon Resort on Lakeshore Drive. There is a small parking area there for your vehicle.
If you want to start your hike on the bridge, continue to follow Highway 953 for another 2 kilometres past the Resort. You will see a short gravel road on your right that will take you to the bridge. There is plenty of parking for your vehicle.
Cross the bridge to find the trailheads. There are many maps throughout that will show you where to go on your hike.
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