The Torrance Barrens has two main loop trails, the Main Trail and the Pine Ridge Loop Trail. Both of these hikes can be extended using the Barrens Extension. Please keep in mind that the Barrens' hiking paths are considered 'semi-wilderness'. Trails are sometimes flooded and are almost always muddy and buggy!
Main Trail: 3.0 km
The Main Trail circles the Highland Pond. A boardwalk first
brings you across the marsh, offering a great opportunity
to spot turtles, frogs, snakes, and waterfowl. A moderately
steep incline brings the trail up to a ridge, offering picturesque
views of the pond and the fens surrounding it.
Pine Ridge Loop Trail: 5.0 km
The Pine Ridge Loop Trail features several additional views
of some of the characteristic Barrens landscapes. The trail asc-
ends to a ridge which parallels the Southern shore of Pine Lake.
Barrens Extension: 6.0 km
The Barrens extension can be added to either hike, and brings
the trail around an additional marsh, in which beaver activity can
often be detected
The Torrance Barrens hiking trails all begin from the main parking lot area off of the Southwood road (Muskoka Road 13). The first trail from the parking lot brings you to the dark sky viewing area. Head to the right, and you should see the beginning of the hiking trails near the shore of the marsh.