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Not hard but really the reward at the top is worth it!

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this trail today and the waterfall was beautiful! Some areas with snow still, others muddy and some dry. It’s a fairly easy hike with a nice lookout point to rest at at the halfway mark.

Great trail for a good workout steep ascent if you take the harder route! Lots of fun!

Amazing vue of the Outaouais region on the top! Beautiful trail!

My favorite trail in the Gatineau park. You can do the loop twice since it’s short, but it’s a good workout because of all the stairs.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail. Was a bit muddy and still some snow and ice, but overall pretty fun!

Is like very cool

Great workout with some great views!!!

hiking
26 days ago

I agree with the other reviews - pretty simple trail, usually lots of visitors, etc. But it is easy to get to and nice for a Sunday afternoon walk in nature. And right next to it is the little village of Old Chelsea which has a pub, some restaurants with outdoor patios, a new ice cream parlour and a bakery with excellent local bread (if any is left when you get there).

Don't need snowshoes this time of year. Winter hiking boots are adequate. When starting from P13, after about 15 minutes there'll be a fork in the trail. Take Mahinga trail which will eventually ascend. The trail path follows close to the edge, allowing for some wonderful vistas along your route.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike.
This time of year you don't need snowshoes. There are handful of steep ascent and descent, so you may need hiking poles for traction. Or you can old school and walk along the snow adjacent to the trail for more traction when ascending or descending.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Excellent and challenging trail for year round hiking or snowshoeing in the winter.

Great winter trail

hiking
1 month ago

I had planned to snowshoe but the trail was too packed down. Instead I hiked with poles - was difficult but very pretty. Some very steep sections where I wished I had cleats.

Fun winter hike, but the hard packed snow combined with a lot of up and down was quite slippery. Cleats and/or poles advised!

Good little trail but...NO DOGS ALLOWED

Me and my husband had a great time...its a nice trail..the view on the top is amazing....

I love this Trail (in every season!!) Two amazing lookouts (and very different), the sounds of small streams running through a beautiful forest... with a variety of levels of difficult throughout the Trail. It’s about 8.5km total, I think. I recommend turning RIGHT at the fork (near the beginning of the Trail head), to aim towards Mahingan Lookout first. It’s a steep uphill climb for 2km from there. Then a shorter easier 2k walk to the next Lookout, and then a gradual and longer 3.5km walk back to the Trailhead. I also recommend going for both summer hiking and winter hiking(or snowshoeing in my case) to see how awesome but different the landscape is!

hiking
3 months ago

Very enjoyable route for snowshoeing. Some steep slopes that are challenging in winter but the varied terrain makes for a rewarding route that travels through different patches of forest and open field. There is also a fire pit and wood available at Lac Carman should a rest be needed.

Connects with a number of other snowshoeing trails to the north and south.

One of the best trails in Gatineau park. Great views along the Ottawa valley at the half-way point really add to an already enjoyable walk through the forest. Crosses a few streams and can therefore be wet at times - be prepared!

I like hiking on this trail for elevation gained similar to many high peaks in ADK NY. It’s good for preparing before heading to high peaks.

Great hike!

5 months ago

Nice hike. Did it from P7 and it’s pretty good with a few nice views and a nice river.

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent trail wth great views of a small lake, the forest, the hills, and a fantastic viewpoint/Lookout on some farmlands, the surrounding Gatineau hills, and the horizon.

walking
5 months ago

Very leisurely stroll through some fairly nice woods. Definitely not a hike, and not many viewpoints or points of interest. But would be good for wheelchairs or strollers etc.

hiking
5 months ago

Beatiful trail with unseasonably warm weather. At the end was able to cool off in Meech Lake.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail with gorgeous waterfalls in the spring and early summer. Quite a challenge in some areas and a great workout!

Would probably be better in the spring when the water levels are higher and the falls are heavier! Still, a nice short hike, not far from Gatineau. Quick climb, scenic views!

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