Explore the most popular hiking trails near Whiteshell with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Sunday December 23rd 2018 - 8:12pm
I am currently seeking brave-hearted courageous individuals who are up for snowshoeing the mantario trail

I'm going to start training January 1st doing smaller trails in and out of the city doing a few overnights to dial in my gear

must have a vehicle to park at the other Trailhead and all the gear knowledge and cajones to survive on the trail

this is not for the faint of heart serious inquiries only if this is something you are interested in send me an email and we can discuss more in person

yurkowskidylan@gmail.com

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! Beautiful views, climbs and forested areas. Difficult but doable terrain (can be very slippery when wet!). My friend and I completed the hike in six hours (including an hour of photo taking and hanging out at the trail end). Only complaint is that it is poorly marked on the way out. We actually found a fellow hiker who had circled back by accident due to the poor markers. I would suggest using this app to keep track of your hike. But can't wait to do it again!

2 months ago

Such an impressive trail in Manitoba. Loved the rocky inclines that make you feel as if you're no longer in the prairies but the rockies!!

trail running
2 months ago

Wondering about trail conditions in the winter? Is it heavily used by foot traffic, snowmobile or dogsled?

hiking
2 months ago

The Top of the World trail had fantastic views and was really rewarding, although it took some effort to figure out where the trail was and how to get there.

The beginning of the trail starts from the parking lot of the Falcon Trails Resort, across from the main office building, about a 15-20 minute drive from the Falcon Lake townsite. You have to follow the High Lake Trail and follow the signs for the High Lake Eco Cabins and it eventually meets up with the Top of the World loop, where there is a sign indicating this trail. It was a little difficult to find and confusing at times and the signage could definitely be better. The trail map on this site is wrong and the top loop is not part of this trail, just the bottom loop.

The loop was along the rocky and forested landscape typical of the Whiteshell. The viewpoint overlooking Falcon Lake and the surrounding forest was gorgeous and there was a nice bench for sitting and admiring the views there. This was definitely the highlight of the trail. It was a short and scenic trail that was moderately challenging.

The trail and views were worth the initial confusion and effort in finding the right path. Would highly recommend this one!

hiking
3 months ago

we found this trail hard to find, but found it eventually while walking around. the trail map on here is wrong. the first loop closer to the water is a trail, just not this one, although you can still do it and it will lead you to it eventually. you can park near the resort and the trail head is right across, follow "High Lake Eco Cabins" trail. there is signage for Top of the World trail now. it is a short hike, not steep. well worth it! we just went in fall, the colours are stunning!

Very easy to follow. Trail is nothing special but the view at the end is nice.

Second time doing this trail. They have made signage better and have added some Woden bike challenges. View at the top is amazing.

Its easy to find once on the high lake trail. An enjoyable trail with a very nice view especially in the fall when the leaves are turning.

We did this trail yesterday. Its an easy walk on what is largely a gravel road that runs from the falcon trail resort to high lake. An enjoyable walk that does have you in full sun for most of the hike.

LOVE this trail! So scenic and nice and challenging!

hiking
4 months ago

A bit aggressive pick for this ol’ flatlanders first hike, but proud of doing 9 kms.!

hiking
4 months ago

People aren’t joking when they say it’s hard to find. It took us awhile to actually find the right trail after having to ask two people for directions. The directions from this app are incorrect!! Directions: follow the dirt road down past the place where it tells you to turn in (this area is a guest only area and not the trail), you will see the resort office building, park somewhere close to it. Across the road there is a trail called “High Lake Trail”, you walk in and there are three ways to go: two are a bike path I believe. Just stick to the right path. Follow the “High Lake Eco Cabin” trail until you find the sign for “Top of the World”. There is one sign and then another which is the entrance to the trail itself.

Once we got to the trail it was beautiful and the view point was amazing. The view point was definitely worth the confusion at the beginning. Hope my directions help!

hiking
4 months ago

We are novice hikers, but we really enjoyed this trail. We were underprepared (not nearly enough water, bad shoes that made the hike back painful), and had underestimated the distance somewhat, so learn from our mistakes! The trail was enjoyable with lots of fun rock climb sections and neat changes of scenery; I’m grateful we are able to do those. Total: about five hours hike time in (to the shelter) and out, with a nice 30 minute break in the middle.

No longer lightly used, many people on the weekends

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing trail loved it, great views !!

hiking
4 months ago

Great, challenging hike with beautiful views! Expect alternating terrain, lots of roots and broken rock. Go for a swim at the end!

This is a real gem. My favourite hike in Manitoba. Don’t let the fact that it’s in a prairie province fool you. Took us 4.5 hours with minimal breaks. Perfect for an active dog. Bring water!

hiking
4 months ago

We enjoyed this hike, especially the lovely view of the lake from the lookout. Having skied these trails in the winter, it was nice to see what they looked like in summer.

hiking
4 months ago

First multi day backpacking trip for my husband and I. Couldn’t have asked for better weather, trail was mostly dry and no ticks. Completed in 3 full days. Camped at north Marion the first night and Mantario the second. No bear sightings for us but heard from a few others on the trail they spotted a few.

South trail was definitely more challenging (end we began) with lots of ups and downs, trail after Richie lake heading to north trailhead was a breeze in comparison. Would highly recommend, and will do it again!

hiking
4 months ago

Hunt Lake is my favourite trail in Manitoba. If you're looking for more of a challenge this is the perfect hike! It took us 5 hours to complete (allow 6 hours). Lots of steep inclines & declines & some rock climbing. The end is a little shack where you can write/carve your name! Also has some back country campsites. Be cautious of bears in the area (though I have never encountered one on this trail). Enjoy!

on Hunt Lake Trail

5 months ago

beautiful trail, went late April there was still snow in the majority of the trail which made things slippery. Suggested good footwear with good grip if going at this time of year.

Great trail with challenging up's and downs, the view was beautiful and a great lunch spot at the end. On the way back to hunt lake found the trail wasn't well marked. Did it at a leisurely pace in about 6 hours with stops and with bringing my dog.

hiking
5 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail! Perfect length & difficulty level with a nice lookout in the middle of the trail. We did have to refer to this app for the gps trail map to ensure that we were going the right way, if we didn't have the gps, we definitely would've gotten lost! It would help a lot of the signage was better on this trail

hiking
5 months ago

Great day for a hike. Took my son (12) and finished the trail in around 5 hours (2:06 in, and more leisurely out). Trail was challenging, but in great shape and very well marked.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful hike to do as it's recently been marked making it easier to navigate. a few nice rest spots along the way that have some nice swimming spots. definitely not a hike for beginners or even novice hikers, it took my family and I close to 8 hours to do the whole thing including about a 30 min lunch break. very scenic and no bears/bear droppings sighted on this day. definitely bring at least 2 bottles of water per person as we ran out about halfway back. would not recommend doing this hike if it's supposed to rain or has recently rained, it rained on our way back and it made the smooth slate like rocks very slippery. all in all I would do this hike again if I get to a more fit physical state, this hike is NOT an easy one!

hiking
5 months ago

Overall wonderfully challenging hike and tons of beauty scenery. Son (12) loved it and so did my six year old. It seemed way too challenging but we figured we’d turn back when it did but made it 2km before weather turned.

It was a wonderful day and I loved it but not recommend for little ones my family of three with a dog did it in 5 hours. The trail has lots of rocks roots and slippery trail close to the edge of high rocks super dangerous but have to say I liked it.

5 months ago

Hiked this trail as a warm up for the Mantario trail. Rocky terrain with some elevation change. Starting at 5:30am we beat the rush. By 7am we were at the trails end by west hawk. We stopped for a 45min lunch then turned around. We were back at the vehicle by 9:30am only passing one group who was just starting.
There were plenty of trail markings, and it was easy to navigate. The trail was quite challenging and our pace was aggressive. This is an excellent warm up trail for the Mantario.

5 months ago

The trail can be very challenging depending on how aggressive you timeline is. Your feet will be wet most of the trail. Losing the trail will likely happen at some point. The marking is good but some sections are tricky. The terrain is tough and can be very slippery after rain. Bear boxes and privys at all campsites.

Here is my experience:

Hiked the Mantario in mid September 2017

Day one: Started at the south trail head. With an early start and fresh legs we flew through the few beginning kilometres. We reached Marion lake this had been planned to be the end of the first day, But it was only 11:30am... Here is where the Three of us agreed on the new plan of completing the trail in 2 days. We set our sights on spending our first night Moosehead Lake. Our pace from Marion to Peggy had slowed significantly from earlier in the morning. Suffering by the time we got to Peggy we had a 45 minute break. From Peggy to Olive was gruelling. We all were extremely fatigued, and hurting. The days end was in sight. After the short jaunt Moosehead Lake we set up camp just in time to be hammered by a heavy storm. We ate in our tents, ran out in the rain to put our food in the bear box and fell asleep soon after.

Day two: waking up later than we had hoped, we ate packed up and headed on out. The trail to Mantario Lake was tough. The camp site was beautiful definitely would have made an excellent day to spend our second night if we had stuck to the 3 night plan. We filled up our water and pressed forward. Completely exhausted we agreed to skip the hike into Ritchie lake for water, the 800m round trip was not that appealing. This cost us as we ran out of water before reaching Big Whiteshell. Desperate we filled a bottle from a rainwater stream formed from the rain the night before. Best tasting water of the trip. Weakened but not defeated we dragged ourselves to Hemingway lake. As we reached the first shores of big whiteshell darkness began to fall. We came across a couple of campers at one of the sites. They informed us we still had 2 hours until the trail end. The last 2 hours were rough, body’s shutting down we hobbled the last stretch of the trail in complete darkness. This seemed to be the only portion of the trail with little to no markings, but we may have just missed them. A little while after loosing the trail a mere 400m from the end, we finally crossed the finish line. It may have been 10:45pm but it was still Day 2.

Day three: This was a recovery day. We were very very sore

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