Mississagi River Valley

Hiking Rock Candy Mountain

Hiking Rock Candy Mountain
The Rock Candy Mountain Hiking Trail is a real treat for those who climb to the top.

Rock Candy Mountain is located on Cumming Lake, about 35Km North of Thessalon, along Hwy 129. If you’ve driven through the Mississagi River Valley, you might remember the sheer rock wall on the far side of the lake, with piles of fallen rock at the shoreline.

Hiking Rock Candy Mountain

Jim Kehoe of the Outpost Lodge has done a bit of research on the rock formation, “Guests at the lodge hike the trail and always want to know more about it. It seems the mountain was once home to an ancient volcano.” The stripe in the rock or sill, is where lava once flowed out of the mountain through the existing rock. Pieces have fallen off the mountain and lay at the base like rock candy, hence the name.

Jim recalls, “This spring a group from the Kensington Conservancy hiked the trail and from the mountain top watch an adult kestrel playing with its young. The adult falcon would fly overhead with a stick then drop it, teaching the young bird to catch out of the air”.

Hiking Rock Candy Mountain
We hiked up on one of the hottest days this summer, and were thankful for the canopy of trees shading the trail. It’s a good hike and definitely gets your heart pumping, but once you reach the first lookout, you realize it was totally worth the effort.

In front of you, a spectacular panoramic view of Cumming, Tunnel and Axe Lake. A pair of kayakers paddled below us, as we enjoyed the incredible view.

Located just north of the lookout, there is a small private camp on the edge of the rock face, which is not accessed from this trail. The light show from that front window must be amazing during a thunder storm.  

Hiking Rock Candy Mountain

The Rock Candy and Grindstone Falls hiking trails are maintained by several Mississagi River Valley lodge owners, who are doing an excellent job.  We were pleasantly surprised at the pristine condition of the trail and lookout points. It’s encouraging to see that hikers are respecting the trail and leaving only footprints.   

To access the Rock Candy Trail, turn right down the first road just past the Tunnel Lake Trading Post if you are heading north. Park at the first clearing along the road and look for the trail sign just a bit further, on the left hand side of the road. Happy hiking!

Hiking Rock Candy Mountain