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hiking
20 hours ago

easy hike to the ruins and falls!

hiking
2 days ago

long but nice hike, bring a wide brimmed hat or cap for sure for flies

Quick hike - well shaded, average amount of bugs. All in all a nice, quiet hike with some great scenery. Trail is very wide and easy to follow.

Had a fantastic time! Dogs swam and the hike was beautiful the ruins are really cool.

Lots of shade. Couple steep climbs but not too difficult. Keep going beyond the Falls to add extra steps. Can get busy on weekends but lots of space.

hiking
10 days 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!

hiking
11 days ago

Park at P11 at OBrien beach. Lovely trail, very easy hike. About 30 mins walk to the ruins . Nice views of Meech Lake along the way. Dog friendly. Busy on weekends but not too bad on a weeknight. The ruins are so cool, and the falls are very pretty. Bring your bathing suit and a picnic to this spot!

hiking
21 days ago

Classic.

hiking
21 days ago

A bit busy mid-May. Easy for a beginner hiker. Nice places to stop.

Relatively easy hike with well groomed trails and a short portion along the road.. add in the look out along trail 28 for sure!!

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.

hiking
27 days ago

Did the loop clockwise and it’s a decent hike. The beginning and end are along well groomed trails. Trail 9 is fun and muddy in spots right now. Bug spray is a good idea right now!

Trail closed along the east side of the lake, presumably due to poison ivy along the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail. Well maintained. Light traffic

I did this trail on a beautiful, sunny Sunday in June. Parked in P12 (across from Meech Lake) around noon - the lot was starting to fill up but still had many spots. First few KMs of the trail I saw quite a few people and cyclists but once I was deeper into the trails I saw very few people. The trail is dog friendly and my dog adored it. Quite a few freshwater streams in the first few KMs are a good spot for the dogs to get a drink. Good trail for jogging. The ticks are really bad on this trail, my dog was covered in them when we left. I didn't make it all the way to the Champlain lookout this time around so can't speak for that. Leaving around 2 PM the P12 parking lot was almost completely full.

Nice easy hike but super busy. There are a few trails off the main on you can do

hiking
1 month ago

Getting to the "parking" when you know where it is is easy enough but you're just parking on the road you're eventually going to hike. You then walk to where you park for the winter start of the trail and that's when the hike actually begins. The trail started nice enough by walking through a rolling hill field and then up into the forest however due to the bugs once in the forest, we turned around after about 3 mins and literally ran our way back to the safety of the sun/breeze. The trail itself (what little we saw) was beautiful but I would recommend avoiding it until bug season is over because they will swarm enough to ruin the hike.

Nice surprise compared to the other trails I have done in Gatineau Park. Plenty of ups and downs and the ruins/waterfalls are beautiful. I'm from BC and this trail reminded me of back home! There are a TON of bugs, so be sure to remember your bug spray!

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.

Approx a 6km loop starting and finishing at P7 which took 2hrs in total. Reasonably well sign posted with a few ups and downs along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

great views. moderate inclines. can be crowded

Majestic walk. One of the best in Gatineau Park. My K9 and I loved it.

Two steep hills. A great trail. Nice views of lake. The ruins and waterfall make the trek worth it.

I never knew this trail existed - probably because it appears to be a winter/snowshoe trail and I don't showshoe that often. My family went for a hike in May and the snowshoe trails for sign 60 were still up and they made for a nice 40 minute loop. This trail is hilly and rocky but quite pretty. Lots of trilliums in May and best of all none of the crowds of the sugar bush. You have to cross the highway to get here (assuming you park at the Gatineau Park visitor centre) but after that you're in the clear. Only caution: there is a 10 minute stretch at the bottom that was quite water logged so bring boots in the spring. I'm not sure if the trail is open in the summer (my guess is no as it doesn't appear on the summer map of Gatineau Park) but it may open earlier in the winter so could be a cool place for a pre-snow walk before the trail becomes snowshoe-only.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely hike! Wish I had time to go further out but it was a great trail to get in some exercise and explore. The ruins was neat with the water falls next to it made for great photos!

Super belle course, peu accidenté!

hiking
2 months ago

We went over Easter weekend and it was quite snowy/icy still making it moderately difficult- we saw a couple other hikes who were all wearing snowshoes, so consider proper footwear/gaiters. The trail head marked on this map is very easy to miss and is off a very narrow street with NO parking. We started on the SE side of the trail, extending the loop by about 2 or 3K. The trail itself isn't marked very well so BRING A MAP! Other than that, it's a beautiful hike with spectacular forests. Pink lake is pretty small itself and you can easily tack on a quick lake loop with this hike. Picturesque and difficult in a good way.

Fairly easy walk out to the ruins. Dogs are allowed on the trail. Ruins are worth the trip!

hiking
2 months 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.

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