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

Completed the entire loop of the lake starting form the P19 parking lot. Even with the warm weather and rain we had recently the trail is in excellent condition. Off trail the snow has a hard, crunchy surface but with plenty of soft powder underneath. Lake is well frozen and easily traversed. This is one of the better trails to snowshoe in the park with plenty of scenic views of the lake from the trail. Lots of hills and slopes so you'll want to use those lifters on your shoes to save your calves!

hiking
2 months ago

In summer, this is a nice hike with beautiful views and nature. In winter, it is very different, it’s very easy to get lost (especially if, like me it’s your first time on this trail) and if you do, it can get pretty dangerous. We were lost and stuck on the top of a frozen vertical cliff and had to somehow descent and find the trail. For me, it was part of the fun, but if you know that it won’t be the case for you, I wouldn’t recommend this trail in winter.

Note that the trail is right in the middle of golden and bald eagle wintering habitat. We saw on one hike in February six species of raptors including a bald eagle and a peregrine falcon.

Beautiful trail! That’s our go to spot every time!

Excellente activité physique avec de très belles vues.

beautiful hike. quick rewards. stunning views. be sure to go in October!

Beautiful scenic views with great autumn colours in full bloom. The trail has good elevation to keep things interesting along the way. Hiking shoes or boots are a must to handle the rocky terrain.

hiking
5 months ago

Went for a family hike with 2 teenage daughters. Good amount of elevation and difficulty level to keep everyone interested. For those more adventurous you can venture off and find your own way. Will do it again.

Too much bush and plants in the way

Steep and challenging.

Nice trail with waterfall. Moderate level with children. Easy access.

One of the most beautiful trails I have been on in the park so far! Really tough going up but it was all worth it for sure. Definately would do it again!

This is a tough trail. It goes straight up right from the start and doesn't level off until you hit the fire tower at the top. It's very rocky so wear hiking shoes. You'll get a good work out. Also, it is more like 5 km rather than the 4 stated.

hiking
6 months ago

Really beautiful trail, but very rocky, would not recommend going alone unless you're very experienced, just to be safe. Gorgeous view from the lookout

nature trips
6 months ago

Great trail with nice view of lake. A little too easy for me so stopped to go into the caves. Best part was wading through the cavern waters and being underground!

hiking
6 months ago

tough and boring.

on Luskville Falls Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful and not too crowded. Big scramble up the rocks at the beginning had us sweating hard and sucking air - but it’s worth it!

Hiking boots are highly recommended- we did this trail in runners (we misjudged the terrain!), and while nobody rolled an ankle, I imagine it happens a lot up here.

Once you hike past the rocks, the trail becomes a more mellow walk/hike. We opted to go further than the loop and up to the fire tower - views were a little anti-climactic but not bad enough to spoil the hike. All in all a great walk.

Beautiful scenery of the lake and surrounding forest. Wide open trails/roads make the terrain easy to manage. Biking the trail is more ideal as there are long stretches of flat open space.

hiking
7 months ago

nice trail. it was challenging in a good way. no waterfall, not even a trickle

rock climbing
7 months ago

Very poorly marked trails! Had two girls see us and they said they were lost. Thought nothing of it. Till I went to east down, ended up on a dangerous cliff and had to get 911 to help us.

A favourite for a good workout and beautiful when the falls are active. Recommend doing the loop portion counter-clockwise because the descents are safer that direction. Good training for hiking in the Appalachians!

I took my 13 year old and 7 year old on this hike. It was long but fairly easy. Going through the cave made it totally worth it but be prepared with water shoes and headlamp to get through the cave.

hiking
8 months ago

Did this last weekend starting counterclockwise (so through the marsh first) and was stalked by a SWARM of deer flies for the first 4km or so, to the point where I almost turned back and threw in the towel at one point. I was wearing DEET bug spray but clearly it wasn't enough to deter the pests. I spent most of the 4km waving my arms around me CONSTANTLY to stop them from landing on me and biting, and by doing short running bursts to try and lose the cloud, which was very annoying and pretty exhausting but a good workout in hindsight considering the rest of the hike was very easy.

If you decide to do this hike, I'd recommend a bug net and thick hiking clothing to prevent them from biting through your clothes (Lululemon leggings are NOT adequate protection! as I learned the hard way...). Bringing a can of bugspray with you to spray as you go probably wouldn't be a bad idea either, unless you don't mind waving your arms constantly and bursting out in a sprint every now and again.

The bugs let up at about 5-6 kms in though and the hike is pretty nice after that. It's relatively flat so pretty easy but makes for a good trail run since it's pretty well worn (not too many snags or rocks).

Best part: Bring your bathing suit and jump in the lake to freshen up at the end of your hike!

hiking
8 months ago

A bit busy mid-May. Easy for a beginner hiker. Nice places to stop.

Did the hike clockwise and loved it. Ended up doing 12k by time the excursions off-loop were done. Was absolutely beautiful! The end maybe easier for sure but a nice reward along the lake. That and a momma dear with her 2 little ones! There were bear sightings today by some other people closer to the campground FYI.

Trail closed along the east side of the lake, presumably due to poison ivy along the trail.

Very poorly marked. Very unsafe if you lose the trail which is very easy to do.

hiking
10 months ago

A serious hike for the ottawa region. The nicest part of the hike is the first 2/3 when you are walking near the waterfall and scrambling up the rocks. However, you can continue on towards the fire tower. That's ok but a bit anti-climatic.

A negative of the trail is that the signage towards the fire tower is a bit poor. You have to cross the stream and it isn't as obvious as it should be.

Another negative is that we went on the Victoria Day weekend and it was crazy busy. I have never seen a trail this busy in Gatineau Park - and that includes the main trails in the park during the Thanskgiving weekend. The sheer volume of people takes one star away from the trail. Otherwise I would probably rank it 5 stars as it was quite varied and interesting.

hiking
10 months ago

I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to hiking, so I hard to rest throughout the hike as it's quite the ascent. Absolutely loved it.

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