Wild nature characterizes this trail. It crisscrosses through numerous ecosystems, from a maple grove to the tundra.
The L’Orignac-Ouest trail begins at the junction of La Traversée de Charlevoix and Mont Grand-Fonds trails. It extends off to the east to Lake McLeod, where the L’Orignac-Centre trail starts. Continuing eastward, it progresses to a plantation of jack pines and climbs up towards viewpoints of which a particularly striking one is found at kilometer 4. Mont Grand-Fonds, the Noire river valley and Les Palissades can be seen. A bit further, it meets with the Petit Lac Noir. From there, admire the St. Lawrence River and the valley of a geological fault, Les Palissades. This portion of the trail goes through the Camp Arthur-Savard and leads to the municipality of Saint-Siméon.
East access: 318, rue St-Laurent, St-Siméon
Access to Lac McLeod: from Route 138 in Port-au-Persil, take Chemin Breton and continue for 11 km (summer season only)
Mont Grand Fonds: 1000 ch. des Loisirs, La Malbaie (+ 10.5 km)
- Orignac East trail: 6.2 km (East access to Camp Arthur-Savard)
- Small loop Eastern sector: 2.5 km
- Lac Noir trail: 1 km linear (Camp Arthur-Savard sector)
- Orignac Center trail: 17.2 km (Camp Arthur-Savard to Lac McLeod)
- Orignac West trail: 9.7 km (Lac McLeod to Lac au Plongeon sector)
- Access to Mont Grand-Fonds trail: 10.5 km (Lac au Plongeon sector to Mont Grand-Fonds)
Hiking is allowed during the hunting season, some people advise against it, however one must be careful and wear a vest especially in the Orignac-Ouest portion and on the 0 to 6 kilometers of the Orignac-Centre trail.
It is always important to get information from the trail manager before going hiking.