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This trail is a bit of a hidden gem in Manitoba, and a must do for any serious hiker into multi-day trips. Very interesting topography and scenery that changes throughout. We did this trail in 4 days from North to South and would do it again!

A nice mix of rooty terrain and rock shelves, access to the crisp river in multiple areas. Well marked.

Did this trail many years ago, definitely a challenge. But isn't that why we do it.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent family hike with beautiful scenery. Rapids/waterfall with a spot to picnic including fire pits, picnic tables and a warming hut with wood stove for cold days. You have the option to do the 8km which includes a second loop or turn around and take it easy and finish the first loop. The way back from the first loop is pretty much a wide gravel path. If I were only doing the first part I would double back on the first half of the loop. The second loop is moderately more challenging with some elevation change but still pretty easy.

Great trail! Had an amazing time there Sept long weekend!

hiking
4 months ago

Well marked Trail with nice views of the fish hatchery next door. Some swampy areas, but manageable.

It’s a nice 1.7km trail that goes over granite rock ridges and through the forest. Not much signage. You can start at the tennis court/parking lot across from the campground or start from Block 8. A couple years ago they put a couple new yellow signs with black arrows so it seems they are still maintaining it but it hasn’t appeared on the Whiteshell Provincial Park Map since the late 1980’s. The trail doesn’t have a name unlike all the other hiking and self guiding trails in the Park. The trail is also fun to mountain bike on.

hiking
5 months ago

My friend and I hiked the whole Hunt Lake Hiking Trail on August Long Weekend including the backloop that goes into Ontario. We completed it in 7 and a half hours. 5 hours on the non-maintained back loop and 2.5 hours on the main trail. It's easiest to hike the trail counter clockwise since all the signs are in that direction and the trail is heavily grown in past the shelter. The first kilometre from the main trail to the visitor centre turnoff wasn't too grown in. After the visitor centre turnoff the trail was really grown in. You could barely tell there was a trail. You would have to look at the ground and see if there was a packed trail to know that was the trail. There wasn't a beaten trail going over the first beaver dam crossing so we were pushing through chest high grass and foliage. After the first creek crossing over the new log bridge the trail got worse. There is not much of a trail due to the new plant growth because of the logging that happened years ago. We just looked for ribbons and headed towards them. The trail crossed another beaver dam and went back into old forest and that's where we lost the trail for awhile. There wasn't much ribbons and there wasn't much sign of a trail so we just bushwhacked for a bit and saw a ribbon and got back on the trail. Just before the second crossing there was more logging so there wasn't much of a trail again. We just walked towards the old logging road which was just tall grass now. We could find where the trail went back into the bush and across the creek so we just bushwhacked to the creek and walked along it till we found the rocks that we could hop across to the other side since there was no bridge. We found the trail again on the other side of the creek and made our way to back into Manitoba across the border. The worst part of the trail would have to be the section between the border and the shelter. The trail was almost non existent. Very little ribbons and thick bush. The back loop is possible just very tricky and not well marked. You need a GPS track of the trail. I marked the trail a lot but there is still sections that I didn't mark because I didn't know if where we were walking was the actual trail. I used a whole roll of ribbon. We probably walked over 100 downed trees, lost the trail 10 times and had to stop and look to see where the trail was many times. The best time to do the loop would be in the fall or spring when there is no leaves or tall grass. The fly's and mosquito's were horrible, they would be constantly flying around your head.

hiking
5 months ago

Starts out very lame with a long roadway walk. The northern section is very flat and easy walk to the rapids. The southern trail offers a must more interesting hike and some rather unique boardwalk sections. The continuation loop from the rapids is a more robust hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this one with no prior hiking experience and found it a little difficult but very rewarding. Made me really grateful to be healthy, mobile, and agile. Didn't bring enough water for the hike back - lesson learned. Also, some paths fork so got lost and made a little loop once and realized we need to be aware of general directions: sun and water to our left heading to the bay and sun and water to our right going back. Did the hike in 7 hours. Learned that enjoying the hike (sights, sounds, smells, and company) is more important that making good time. For future hikes, and there will be more, starting earlier is better to allow for nature enjoyment rather than beating records.
"To walk in nature is to get to know the Creator." -B

By far the best trail in Manitoba. Spectacular views, beautiful lakes, well maintained sites. Trail can sometimes be difficult to follow. Watch closely for Cairns, tape, signs. Impossible to keep feet dry. The northern section, Hemenway to North trailhead (Big Whiteshell) is absolutely atrocious. I highly recommend finishing on this section.

This is not a biking trail like the five of diamonds over at falcon resort which is biking trails but requires a good downhill full suspension bike. You will kill yourself if you attempt the falls section on the southwest side along with the loop which goes around McGillivray Lake. The blue highway route is the section you want for mountain biking and is probably the best trail in Manitoba for intermediate mountain bikers. 1 star in 2017 because the falls washed out the trail and made it difficult to just hike, 5 stars for blue highway route though!

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favourites

Really good hike, beautiful scenery, lots of spots to hop in the lake and cool down. Trail challenging, but well marked. Definitely will do it again.

Was an awesome hike! Completed it in 3 days and might challenge myself and attempt it in 2 next year!

hiking
6 months ago

This was a wonderful self guided trail. Fresh blueberries and raspberry can be picked if you go during the right season. Trail is not too long, and not too short, perfect way to spend an afternoon with lots of things to see.

Very easy trail for the whole family. There were a few short inclines but nothing to serious. We found lots of blueberries along the trail as well as a few wild raspberries and even a strawberry.

hiking
7 months ago

Long challenging trail that doesn't give you the scenic reward. This demanding trail follows along Hunt lake than to West Hawk Lake. Terrain is tough with bogged out areas, overgrown paths and partial up and down climbs.

Would recommend if preparing for a longer hike or just love a good tough day trail.

Would not recommend for first time hikers or hikers who expect a view at the end.

Items: Lots of water, food/snacks, good pair of hiking boots and hiking poles.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail, more ups and downs than expected and lots of people.

An absolutely beautiful place to just go and sit. Very scenic!

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