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Great trail. Beautiful views.

hiking
5 days ago

Good trail for sure. Important to note that this loop is made up of a series of trails, and if you don't download the trail map it might be useful to write down which trails you take at various forks on the path. We got a bit turned around because we hadn't written it all out.

great trail that takes a few hours. some difficult bits but mostly is a good hike. has some great views along the way and plenty of wildlife.

backpacking
7 days ago

Great trail and route, but trailhead is hard to find. It is just to the left (east) of the bus stop at Rue Marie Burger and Chemin de la Mine. Don’t rely on the app as route tracking was inconsistent. Pink Lake is a must see. I did this route early morning (6:30am).

hiking
7 days ago

Good trail but it is best to go left at the fork to give yourself a good challenge and save the view/lookout for last. We did it the opposite way and thus it was mostly downhill!

Lovely and a very easy hike!

challenging elevation, nice shady trail. lookout beautiful.

We enjoyed this hike and it provided a great workout. It was steep in spots, and rocky, but offered two lovely lookout areas that were well worth the climb. Pleasantly surprised with this trail. Hardly any bugs (August).

great trail. some steep parts but manageable. was a little busy at the ruins but nothing crazy. loved the sights.

Buggy and views are just so-so.

a well maintained trail with facinating ruins. overall a great hike with lots to see.

excellent trail, well maintained and can be followed in low light, heavy rain. Only drawback is you can hear traffic. Also, one can drive right up to pink lake. So, traffic is heavier there.

I’ve done this trail twice now and I really enjoy it. When I hiked it at the end of June the bugs were quite bad. However, this time we didn’t experience any bugs. Today we hiked in the pouring rain, the rocks were a little slippery in spots, and it was a bit muddy. A great trail nonetheless.

hiking
28 days ago

A few nice lookouts

The ruins were really cool. Lots of folks swimming. Crossed some ladies carrying a stroller with toddler - not a great idea. Not ideal for small children.

An enjoyable, easy hike. A good trail if you’re looking for a short weeknight hike.

Great views!

easy hike to the ruins and falls!

Quick hike - well shaded, average amount of bugs. All in all a nice, quiet hike with some great scenery. Trail is very wide and easy to follow.

Had a fantastic time! Dogs swam and the hike was beautiful the ruins are really cool.

Lots of shade. Couple steep climbs but not too difficult. Keep going beyond the Falls to add extra steps. Can get busy on weekends but lots of space.

1 month ago

Great loop trail with lots of rocky outcroppings with views of the surrounding hills , river, lake, and Ottawa skyline in the distance.

Park at P11 at OBrien beach. Lovely trail, very easy hike. About 30 mins walk to the ruins . Nice views of Meech Lake along the way. Dog friendly. Busy on weekends but not too bad on a weeknight. The ruins are so cool, and the falls are very pretty. Bring your bathing suit and a picnic to this spot!

I love this trail. It is a great workout, but not a difficult one. Beautiful views are a treat along the way!

Relatively easy hike with well groomed trails and a short portion along the road.. add in the look out along trail 28 for sure!!

hiking
1 month ago

Did the loop clockwise and it’s a decent hike. The beginning and end are along well groomed trails. Trail 9 is fun and muddy in spots right now. Bug spray is a good idea right now!

Easy trail. Well maintained. Light traffic

I did this trail on a beautiful, sunny Sunday in June. Parked in P12 (across from Meech Lake) around noon - the lot was starting to fill up but still had many spots. First few KMs of the trail I saw quite a few people and cyclists but once I was deeper into the trails I saw very few people. The trail is dog friendly and my dog adored it. Quite a few freshwater streams in the first few KMs are a good spot for the dogs to get a drink. Good trail for jogging. The ticks are really bad on this trail, my dog was covered in them when we left. I didn't make it all the way to the Champlain lookout this time around so can't speak for that. Leaving around 2 PM the P12 parking lot was almost completely full.

Nice easy hike but super busy. There are a few trails off the main on you can do

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