Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in West Canada Lakes Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
private property
1 month ago

River road basically turns into the trail FYI. Private property signs though I don’t think it included the trail. The end is pretty disappointing, the trail just stops/ends in the woods. Although it’s kind of near a big clearing. And the only way to see the waterfalls is to hike down off trail on very steep declines.

hiking
Sun Sep 30 2018

Great hike, when you find the trail. When you drive off asphalt on River Rd go 3.5 miles and park. Walk straight and you are on the trail. We had a nice dog hike! Very nice easy hike! Enjoy!

backpacking
Mon Sep 03 2018

We hiked this on Labor Day weekend 2018 - got a little late start since we drove in from Boston, but made it to Pillsbury lake right around dusk. The lean-to was occupied so we went a little further down the lakeshore and found multiple established sites to pick from. The view of the lake was excellent and falling asleep to loon calls can’t be beat!

Moderate difficulty with great views of lakes. Don’t take fishing gear- no fish. You will see lions on all the lakes and moose tracks everywhere.

backpacking
blowdown
muddy
Wed Aug 15 2018

I spent 6 days on the French Louis Loop (Pillsbury Mt. Trailhead to Cedar Lakes and back to Pillsbury Mt.) in August 2018. Area is truly special and one of my favorites. The trail had not been cleared before I went through. I don't know if it's true, but I was told that it was due to snow being there late and crews couldn't go through with chain saws. I counted 14 significant blowdowns (that warranted going under, over or around) between the trailhead and West Lake. I disagree with what another contributor said - I think trekking poles are essential and are very helpful if for no other reason because of the trail conditions. Leantos near West Canada Creek, South Pond and West Lake get lots of visitors because of the NPT traffic. There are plenty of places to camp if you follow the regs, especially if you hammock camp. I brought a flyrod and caught trout in West Canada Creek. I didn't fish the lakes and ponds, but will bring my packraft to do so this season. I camped at Pillsbury, near West Lake and the Cedars. This season I plan on getting to Whitney, Sampson and Brooktrout, in addition to spending more time near the Cedar Lakes. I wasn't using All Trails last season, but will give it a try this season.

backpacking
Tue Jun 27 2017

Summer Time Backpacking: Insect repellents are must. Complexity: Easy Terrain: Muddy and swamps all over the trail. Trail is not maintained properly so if it rains you might get into some serious mud. Its was really a challenge to walk on the trail after rain. As its too bushy its hard to find camping spots sometimes but lean-in come in handy. Trekking Pole: Not needed ( carry it if you want some support) Foot Wear: Keens will workout perfect. Scenic View: You will come across few spots near the lean-in / lakes. Water Stream: Lakes all the way, take some filtration units you are fine. Trail Markers: Trail markers are easy to locate. Parking: Almost parking available for 10 cars. Permit: Trail head signup, No fees

Planned to do this over three days, but did it in two because the last leanto was occupied. Great hike anyway, gorgeous and generally uncrowded.

on Groff Creek Trail

hiking
Tue Jun 28 2016

Nice hike through the woods. Trail was unmarked but very easy to follow. Several waterfalls were a short scramble down from the trail. Trail continues further than shown here, but we turned around for food.

hiking
Sun May 31 2015

Great waterfalls, otherwise a pretty but somewhat nondescript walk in the woods.

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Sun Sep 23 2018

camping
Fri Jun 08 2018

hiking
Sat Aug 12 2017

backpacking
Thu Jun 15 2017