Western Uplands Backpacking Trail Backpacking

Backpacking Trails Map of Algonquin Provincial ParkDescription

Western Uplands is an overnight backpacking trail with loops of 32 to 88 kilometres in length. The trail can be accessed from the Western Uplands Backpacking Trailhead/Oxtongue River Picnic Ground or the Rain Lake Access Point.


  • 32 to 88 km (3 loops)


Operating Dates

  • Open year-round
    • The trailhead of the Western Uplands Backpacking Trail at km 3.0 of Highway 60 is prone to flooding during late April/early May, watch for closures during this period at Algonquin Park Advisories.
    • During winter, access from the Rain Lake Access Point entrance is closed, as no winter road maintenance is conducted by Ontario Parks on the Rain Lake Road. The Highway 60 entrance of the Western Uplands Backpacking Trail is open during winter.
  • See possible closures at Algonquin Park Advisories.

Difficulty Rating & Rationale

Difficult. Steep climbs, side slopes and sharp turns.

Features & Amenities

  • Parking
  • Bathrooms
  • Picnic ground at Highway 60 trailhead
  • Scenic lookouts
  • Glacial erractic boulders
  • Lakes and rivers
  • Rain Lake Ranger Cabin (Rain Lake trailhead)

Trail Map

The Backpacking Trails Map of Algonquin Provincial Park is the essential trip planning map-brochure that outlines detailed routes, campsite locations, required equipment, how to make campsite reservations, and important safety information.

Backcountry Permits

Make a reservation for your backcountry camping permit up to 5 months in advance. Permits are only available online or via telephone.


A valid camping permit is required for trail use.

Equipment Rental

Do you need to rent a canoe, tent, or other camping equipment? Find a business that can supply some or all of the required equipment for your backcountry trip.

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