Deacon Escarpment in Golden Lake: Trail Report

Deacon Escarpment in Golden Lake: Trail Report

If you’re looking for a mini getaway, staying at the rustic-yet-modern cabins at Deacon Escarpment might be for you. I say ‘might’ but really I mean are-you-insane-why-haven’t-you-booked-already?! They have 30 kms of trails, a private lake to canie, more wildlife that I could identify paw prints, and views that leave you full of gratitude.

Suggested Stops

Deacon Escarpment is conveniently located at the heart of all our favourite things. Historical points of interest, beaches, hiking trails, waterfalls, caves, and shops. Here are a few… Ryan’s Mountain: aka the old CFS Foymont with has long been abadonned by the military. The building are mostly in ruin, yet a few remain in operation. It it the highest populated point in Ontario, and often mistaken as the highest point period. However that bragging right belongs to Ishpatina Ridge near Sudbury at 653m. LetterKenny Road: For all you LetterKenny fans out there, there’s a road with the same name to snap a picture with. There’s also a nice little beach at Gorman Lake to enjoy a swim. Fourth Chute Falls: co-located with Bonnechere caves, fourth chute falls is the perfect spot to stop for a picnic. There is a parklot at the top of the falls, but if you cross the road (same side of the road as bonnechere caves) and head down the trail, you’ll be bless with an impressive view. Shaw Woods Education Centre: has multiple trails to explore along with one nicely built lookout over the lake on the east side trails. Although there are multiple trails, they are relatively short and easier to hike. Bonnechere Provincial Park: take a drive up to hike Bonnechere PP, where they have the popular Egg Rock lookout. Fifth Chute Coffee: I’m not quite sure what voodoo they use to make their daily delicious-out-of-this-world hand pies, but dear Fifth Chute Coffee you do it right! This new (very insta worthy) coffee shop is in Eganville, and a great stop on your way in to Deacon Escarpment. More #winning – they are coffee snobs my darlings, serving only the best of the best that the area has to offer including Ottawa’s own Little Victories. We had a latte, and loved it a latte. The Cottage Cup: I distinctly remember biting into a The Cottage Cup butter tart and thinking, that’s it, I’ll have a dozen to go please. They are that. good. Again, what is with the food in this area, everything just tastes better! The Cottage Cup it right off Hwy 60 in the centre of Golden Lake. You can’t miss it with it’s bright red roof acting a a beacon from down the road. They have great coffee, large tea selection, prepped food to take out, a full range of Hatley clothing and gifts, and a chip truck and icecream selection that has us all coming back. Be forewarned, a small fry order is actually pretty big and shareable! I mean, if you’re into sharing. If not, carry on…

Important Insights

Dear Zac and Steph, can we be BFFs?! As owner’s of Deacon Escarpment, have seemingly thought of everything. The cabins are rustic in nature (eco friendly, solar powered, outhouses) yet incredibly modern (lights, fireplace, charging station, stylish). Then you have the twinkle lights, map of the stars, and binoculars…it’s all the little things that really add up to make this one of the best accommodation experiences I’ve had in a long while. When you go through the booking online, there are the options of cookware/dishes, firewood, and having your bags/equipment shuttled up for you. In the winter, parking is at the main lot and you hike the 1.3 to 1.7 kms to your cabin. In the summer, there’s the option of driving to a nearer lot (600m min from cabins). There are grills by the fire pit for cooking and a BBQ on the cabin deck which worked out well for us, although we did most of the cooking over the fire having the side element on the BBQ was great for boiling the kettle for much beloved coffee. Speaking of coffee, there was a sweet welcome package waiting for us on arrival! It had Maple Roast Madawaska Coffee and two homemade butter tarts by the Cottage Cup (located in Golden lake).

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from, if there are corrections please send to

Land Management

Deacon Escarpment CCT is self-managed by the owners.

GPS Coordinates

45.59610870695527, -77.32236549978624

Street Address

12560 ON-60, Golden Lake, ON K0J 1X0


An easy 169 kms (roughly 1hr 45mins) drive from downtown Ottawa. Take the 417 West, continuing on the 17 West. Take Highway 60 towards Renfrew. Continue following highway 60 through Douglas, Kelly’s Corner, and Eganville. Drive past the town of Golden Lake until you see the sign for Deacon Escarpment on the right (heritage type barn and farm house).


Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception



None. Follow Leave No Trace toileting guidelines



Trail Details

Entrance Fee


Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from Deacon Escarpment CCT.


Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails


Total Distance (km)


Elevation Gain (m)


Cell Reception



Woodlands, Marshlands, Ponds, Picnic Area


Hiking, Birding, Snowshoeing


Permitted on-leash.

Trail Description

The 30 kms worth of trails are colour coded and a lamented map is available either at the entrance (main parking lot) or in your cabin. It is worth noting that the trails are well marked, but from one direction only. The main trails are well maintained as they’re the same trails that the shuttle uses. The smaller trails are still well marked, just more appropriately narrow. Most of the trails have some good inclines to them, so if you’re looking for a good workout this is your chance. If not, slow and steady wins the race. I certainly enjoyed having poles for the trek in from the parking to the cabin (carrying my own gear), since it was a steady incline. The goods news? a) there were tons of animal tracks along the trail to spark curious minds and b) a steady incline to the cabin meant that going home on Sunday was an easy stroll down! There is a lookout (I mean, each cabin has it’s own great view really) right between the trackers Cabin and the Sarah Leslie Cabin. It offers up a full view of the valley and golden lake, and a picnic table to rest and enjoy the view from. There is also Rattray’s Lake and you can get there by either following the red or grey trails. We chose the grey, and apparently in April you should bring snowshoes for these lesser trafficked trails because it was deep! Like up-to-our-knees deep. Made for some hilarious moments during our hike and a lot of unintentional pistol squats while trying get up. I mean really, how do crossfitters do it?! My legs are jello.

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