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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!

hiking
22 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!!!

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.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

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

Great winter trail

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!

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!

hiking
5 months ago

Just walked the first part of the trail from p17 (trail 53) - about 3.5 km in and then back - with my 7 year old. As I only did part of the route perhaps my 3-star rating is a bit low (I never got to Lac Philippe) Was mostly pleasant forest with gentle up-hills. The trail was quite wide and is under repair due to recent flooding. A decent amount of mountain bikers but they were always respectful.

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!

Gorgeous trail in the fall. Was quite busy on a Sunday, Oct 22nd.

Found it quite challenging with a baby carrier, but thoroughly enjoyed it!

Very rocky and steep!

Beautiful fall colours in the forest!

walking
6 months ago

This trail is nice as it follows Lac Phiippe and the fall colours are very pretty. A couple of negatives though:
1. The crowds! I was hoping that because the trail is in the Lac Philippe sector and not off the champlain parkway it would be less busy this time of year (October). Nope! Very busy. So you never get that true you-alone-in-the-woods feel.
2. In the fall they close the road at Breton beach. That means you have to walk through a series of beaches before you get to the trail. Of course the walk is also pretty but it would be nice if they left the road open all the way to parent beach so half the walk wasn't actually the walk to the trail.
Still, overall, very beautiful fall colours up here and the lake itself is nice

I love this trail! I take my dog here all the time and she loves this trail as well. Everyone I meet on this trail is super friendly.

Challenging and wet at times, but very beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice, quiet trail. Sometimes the trail is a little hard to find/follow.

Moderate in the summer, difficult in the winter (snowshoeing), but AMAZING all year round! I recommend turning RIGHT at the fork when starting the trail. This way brings you steeply straight up the mountain for a few kms, stopping at the awesome Mahingan Lookout first. Then a couple kms further brings you to the Tawadina Lookout, which has got to be one of the most stunning views of Gatineau Park! Then it's easy going mostly downhill for the last few kms, with nice streams alongside/crossing the path. Great trail

Beautiful lookouts.

great hike

Challenging trail at times. Can be really muddy in the spring. Views are fantastic.

Nice forest, decent climb, sweet views of the Ottawa Valley at the top.

Tough climb but worth it!

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