Limberlost’s rugged topography includes four of the highest peaks in the region, towering cliffs, sheltered valleys, pristine lakes and three distinct drainage systems. The reserve’s topography, in addition to supporting a rich selection of plant and animal life, also exposes many types of rocks for those interested in studying geology or collecting specimens.
From Limberlost’s earliest days as a recreational resort, the four highest peaks on the property were popular destinations. Hiking and riding trails were developed leading to the crests of Echo Rock, the Ski Hill, Millar Hill and the Buck Lake Lookout.
The views from the Echo Rock and Buck Lake Lookouts, eastward over the lakes and beyond the Limberlost Reserve, are particularly attractive in the late fall. On a clear day, the view from Millar Hill over Algonquin Park is exceptional. Limberlost is equally well endowed with secluded valleys. Of these, the Kalonga Valley with its active beaver population and other wildlife is one of the most interesting.
Large beaver meadows, year-round streams and mature trees make the Kalonga Valley an ideal place for artists, photographers and birdwatchers. Early risers can witness animals coming down to the valley floor to feed and drink.
Many of the valleys have natural wetlands which absorb surface water runoff in the spring and then slowly release it in the dry season. This process helps recharge underground aquifers and enhances water quality by trapping sediments, which further helps to ensure the pristine nature of Limberlost’s major lakes.
The most extensive wetlands lie in the McReynold Valley on the west side of Lake Solitaire, which drains through the Boyne River into Lake of Bays. Other wetlands, prolific with bird life, include the plateau above Oliver Creek and a valley immediately north of Buck Lake.