Half past noon, we began the last segment of our circuit: the hike back over to the Main Corridor trail and from there, back down to the park headquarters. There wasn't too much to report about this final segment; the one marked lookout along Doe Lake proved to be fairly mediocre, and the rest was fairly nondescript forest. Perhaps the nicest spot between Doe Lake and the Corridor Trail is grassy-edged Arab Lake. It was interesting to me how this lake managed to have such a distinctive and clean ring of clear grassy meadow around its edge (where seemingly all other nearby lakes and ponds did not).
Luke's feet had been giving him grief all day (hotspots and blisters and what-not) and he was quite glad when we completed the loop portion of our hike at around 1:30pm. Not only did this mean that we were nearing the end of our hike, but the Main Corridor Trail is noticeably wider and flatter than the park's other trails, making walking slightly easier.
A short twenty minutes further and we were back at the first of the parking areas, and a few minutes later, back at the park headquarters. We'd done the hike quite quickly, averaging a very high rate of speed (compared to most other hikes we do). Of course, given the terrain and general lack of incentives to stop, this wasn't all that surprising.
So, my assessment of the "Full" Dedication Loop? I mean, nice... yes. Pleasant. It was in my opinion not as scenic as last week's Small Slide Lake Loop hike
, but it had its charms (chiefly the Cedar Lake area). I do miss real elevation, though, and an actual good long view out over the landscape. Why does Ontario have to be so damn flat, anyway... (that's a rhetorical question - I know who is responsible, and his name is continental glaciation).