Hunt Lake Trail

HARD 73 reviews

Hunt Lake Trail is a 14.0 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back 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.

14 km
242 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



bridge out


over grown


14 hours ago

Scenic, challenging and worth the effort. If you’re looking for a place to test your trail running skills and stamina, this is the right choice. Muddy holes, rocky ridges to climb up and over, and enough roots and boulders that it’s a constant challenge not to roll an ankle.

6 days ago

Great trail with beautiful view of West Hawk lake. The trail is hard. Pleasant views make it worth.

11 days ago

This was a great way to spend my Saturday! Definitely not an easy hike - but well worth the gorgeous views! Just keep in mind that there is LOTS of climbing, so wear good shoes and take it slow if your not used to that kind of activity!

Also fell off the trail twice, so I wouldn’t suggest going alone, but as long as your close to the water (not the loop side) you should be fine!

12 days ago

What a great hike! A friend and I did it and even though we couldn’t find the end of the loop (which I am noticing in comments we weren’t the only ones) we had a great day. This hike is challenging and really takes you away from the Manitoba flat land feel - and it’s not that far away from the city!

I wouldn’t recommend going alone unless you are good with navigation just because it is poorly marked and easy to fall off trail.

17 days ago


Okay, so a friend and decided to trek the Hunt Lake Trail loop based on recommendations from friends and this app. The main section of the trail up to the shelter is fantastic with great views and terrain. The loop, we learned, is no longer maintained.

We hiked the loop, but I would not recommend it to anyone who is not extremely confident in navigation. The trail is poorly marked making it very difficult to find your way through. Shoutout to the guy who came before us and marked more of the trail, I wish I’d read your comment beforehand. I can’t imagine what it was like before you marked it.

Overall I am very glad we did the old loop, it was fun in its own way and gave some nice scenery.

25 days ago

What a rewarding hike! Can be very difficult even for fit bodied people. We almost had to carry one person from group back the last quarter. Maps say in the 12-13km range return. But all of our counters and phones say closer to 20km return. Unreal scenery in all directions. Definitely our most difficult in the province so far with a time of 5.5hrs back to the manitoba/ont welcome centre. Don’t skimp on the supplies. Water, Gatorade, snacks make a world of difference. Would do again in a heartbeat!

1 month ago

Great view, beautiful hike. Make sure to bring lots of water and good shoes, there is a lot of muddy spots to cross and water. This hike took us 5 hours in total but we did stop for a 20 min brake. I would definitely come back and do it again!

2 months ago

Awesome trail in any season! Very challenging but fun!

2 months ago

Love love love this trail. Making it to the end hut and back is a serious challenge. Took us about 6 hours to complete, which included a swim/lunch break at the end. If you want to do a shorter hike ~3 hours there is a great halfway point with a rock, swimming area and firespot. Pretty difficult terrain, wouldn't want to be walking it in the rain.

2 months ago

Did this trail 2 years ago and it was beautiful and somewhat difficult but got it done!

9 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.

9 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

10 months 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.

11 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.

11 months ago

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

Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Great day hike with challenging vertical, lake views, and varied terrain for all day hikers. Good way to break in new gear if you are planning to do bigger treks like Mantario or Westcoast trail.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

It's my favoured trail in MB , ups and downs this trail will make you sweat. From the beautiful view from the lake so mysterious spots this trail will blow your mind!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Good but pretty tiring if you aren't a regular hiker

nature trips
Saturday, April 02, 2016

We went today for a hiking and it was still slippery in some parts of the trail.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Awesome place to go with your dog(s) if they like the water. Tough terrain, don't take this trail lightly. Bring water and food, snacks at minimum. WEAR GOOD SHOES!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Beautiful trail with scattered rugged sections and nice scenery.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I did this trail with my mom who wasn't able to finish so I haven't seen it all. The parts I did see were incredibly beautiful and there are lots of interesting things to see. This has been my favourite trail so far.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

If the app didn't crash the first time, I would have offered a lengthy review. Don't care to rewrite it.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This is a great trail with great scenery and some rugged terrain. Still easily manageable for a family hike. We actually had the coordinates for the loop section that veers into Ontario. This section is marked in spots but doesn't seem to be maintained any more. Lots of trees over the trail and grown in in spots. Beautiful with the fall colours!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

This trail has some nice scenic overlooks along the lake. A few rock faces along the hike and little streams running through.

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