The Pines


Discovery Routes


The Pines consists of a network of three looping trails at the Powassan Mountain Conservation Area and surrounding public and private properties. The Red Pines, which are the namesake of this trail system, find their home below the northern shoulder of Powassan Mountain. Planted during the 1930s, under the guidance of George Ellesmere, the pines reclaim a burned-out waste of bald rock left behind by lumbermen and fire. Powassan Mountain itself rises steeply to the southeast.

The 2.2 km Big Bend (yellow trail) is an easy hike along a wide. well used pathway. The Genessee Loop (blue trail) at 1.9 km takes you through a Red Pine plantation and along the shores of Genessee Creek. The Lookout Trail (red trail) is only 2 km with a short, steep climb to a beautiful lookout of the surrounding highlands and Lake Nipissing in the distance.

Trailhead UTM 627031 mE x 5104246 mN
Ownership Cooperative lands owned by a variety of private and public landowners
Management Municipality of Powassan
Length 4.3 km
Activities Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing
Amenities Lookout
Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Seasons All Season

Rules for Use

  • Pets must be leashed at all times
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited


From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street in North Bay, head southeast on HWY 11 for 28 km (17.4 mi). Take exit 316 for Clark Street/HWY 534. Turn right at Clark Street, and right on Main Street. Turn left at Memorial Park Drive East, right at Big Ben Avenue, and left at Catherine Avenue. There is a small parking lot with a trailhead sign at the end of Catherine Street behind Eastholme - Home for the Aged.

For More Information

Municipality of Powassan

The vast network of trails we celebrate exist on the traditional lands and waterways of the Anishinaabe people within the territory protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and Williams Treaties of 1923.