Went with my family here recently. The weather is cloudy and it was raining just slightly which was a blessing in disguise, can't imagine how hard this path is in +30 weather. I find that this trail isn't exactly "easy" since it's all sand. You have to climb sand dunes which is very hard on the legs after a while. The punch bowl was beautiful, can only imagine how blue the water is when it's nice out. I'll do the punch bowl portion of the walk again for sure.

I can for sure say this trail really tested me. I ended up splitting it into 2 because 1 water bottle was just not enough.

Day 1 was the spirit sands and that was exactly what you would expect - sand. It was amazing seeing sand dunes in Manitoba like that. Also gave myself a solid pat on the back for making it up.

Day 2 was devils punch bowl. The hike itself was great, but the destination was a let down. The water that is so supposedly so amazing to see looked like a swamp. Maybe the water is to low right now but it just wasn’t exciting. But the trail itself was great through the rolling hills. The destination is why I rated this trail a 4 instead of a 5.

For sure bring lots of water - especially through the sand dunes. 1 water bottle (24oz for me) will not cut it (at least for me it didn’t).

Did the Spirit Sands trail on Sunday in +30 weather. Amazing trail. Maybe too hot to do it at 1pm but we had our dog too and as long as we kept hydrated and kept him wet too, we were good!

This was a great hike! My boyfriend and I accomplished this hike in about 3 hours with a couple of breaks here and there (30 min altogether). I would not call this an easy hike, the devils punch bowl is much much much easier than the spirit sands section. The sand dunes were MASSIVE! We will definitely do this again!

Loved every minute of this trail

Did this trail multiple times, once at night. If you want to do some stargazing this the place to go.

Decent hiking trail

Easy trail for a 2-day hike, or loop can be completed in a day. Access to Jackfish Lake is not very good, and first cabin was full when we visited, so bring a tent if visiting on a weekend.

Really cool hike. Bring lots of water.

I wouldn't rate it as easy due to numerous steep sand dunes and the length of it. I've done several easier hikes in the whiteshell that were rated moderate. Definitely worth seeing and an enjoyable day. Bring lots of water.

Beautiful setting, moderate amount of hills to keep it interesting. Glad I hiked spirit sands first, it was more challenging than the punch bowl.

Very nice hike. Did it in 3.5 hrs with a 15 minute lunch break in there. Definitely would do the Spirits first and then the Devil's Punch Bowl because the Spirits has a fair amount of steep incline in sand, to the point where I would not want to imagine doing it after already hiking 11km. Make sure you have a parking pass for the grounds, they're $5 for a day.

beautiful trail!!

Trails were nicely groomed. Signage was good. Definitely an enjoyable experience.

Beautiful and very unique part of the province! Did the entire hike to the Dunes and the Punchbowl in about 3 hours. This included the 1.6 km Oasis spur trail, which I thought was really cool but it's kind of hilly and the entire trail is sand, which makes it a bit more difficult. Very little shade and it's like walking through a desert, so if it's hot outside, bring lots of water!

Gorgeous - very unique ecosystem- fab walk

Monday, October 17, 2016

took my family there for a picnic and went to the devils punch bowl. very fun trail sand is a challenge but all good

Saturday, June 04, 2016

From the sand dunes reminiscent of the Sahara to the wet oasis of Devil's Punch Bowl - this hike offers a diversity rarely seen in one round trip. Starting in the sandy area, one has the chance to spot rare vegetation and animals, such as hognose snakes or pincushion cactus. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained - stay on the trail, though, since apparently, the army used to test mines in this region way back, and going off-trail is not recommended. You get to the river bank of the Assiniboine and hike some forested and desert-like landscapes. The highlights are Devil's Punch Bowl (a greenish oasis - bring bug spray!) and the Spirit Sands dunes, always shifting in the wind. There is water available on the trail to replenish your water bottles. I wouldn't attempt this hike in spring, since the Assiniboine often floods then, and the access roads will be cut off. I hiked it in early summer, so I have no experience for winter hiking here.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The trail was very well groomed. Firewood was well stocked and the cabins looked very nice. The water at cabin 4 was great though I would recommend taking something to flavour the water from cabins 2 and 3.

Access to Jackfish Lake would have been nice. Deadfall blocked the views and the area surrounding was very marshy. The short trails to the lake seemed not to be maintained despite great upkeep everywhere else.

1 month ago

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