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

Beau parcours !!

Beautiful short trail with lots of stairs and amazing views of Pink Lake!

Very buggy, had to jog a few parts because they were so bad! Trail was nice, fairly easy but could be a bit bumpy for a stroler. Also my car window got smashed while we were hiking and things were taken from my backseat so that really sucked, but the hike itself was nice.

10 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!

Great place to exercice or to look at the panorama. There are a couple of lookouts.

simple nice trail

great easy loop for all ages.

rock climbing
17 days 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.

19 days ago

Pink Lake is as others describe, a beautiful short hike. However, As an overweight 51 year old, I found it ..... more difficult than easy. I'm not unfamiliar with hiking at all having been in the US Army but compared to Carbide Willson ruins that are listed as moderate, I found Pink Lake harder than it was just due to the MANY stairs on PL trail. It is a wide trail, clearly marked. but the STAIRS! Go, enjoy just be prepared.

A bit busy with tourists but absolutely love this trail. Early morning before 9 or after 4pm is best time to visit.

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!

Great trail. Can be very busy at times

47 degrees today but still a lovely walk!

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.

It’s a very nice trail with a cool limestone kiln. The lookout wasn’t as good as the pictures made it seem but it was very pretty. If you move at a good clip the bugs are not much of a problem. The paths alternate between one person wide and uneven path to five people wide and wood chips which makes for interesting changes to the scenery. Would definitely go recommend.

Great views!


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.

1 month 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!

1 month ago


1 month 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.

2 months ago

Great views of Ottawa valley

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

We hiked it with the dogs on the Victoria Day holiday. Description here is quite accurate. Nice trail with a waterfall and a scenic hill top view. A little something for everyone. Had an easy time with the dogs.

2 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.

3 months ago

Did the whole jack pine trail in 52 min. Pretty well groomed and easy for all types of hikers, families included. Mosquitos are kind of aggressive near the boardwalk but if you move at a decent rate you should be fine. Nice trail

3 months ago

great views. moderate inclines. can be crowded

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