Hunt Lake Trail

HARD 34 reviews

Hunt Lake Trail is a 14.2 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Whiteshell, Manitoba, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
278 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

rocky

16 days ago

hiking
20 days 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.

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21 days ago

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22 days 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

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1 month ago

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.

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2 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
2 months ago

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

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3 months ago

Good hike. Good challenge. As previously stated. The hike is not a loop. It's an out and back. The trail itself, and the sights are pretty magical.

3 months ago

Great trail but tough to do if you are not used to it. It ends at the little hut. We spent at least 30 minutes looking for the trail because we went by the map with the red loop. It's all grown in past the Hut.