Hunt Lake Trail is a 12.7 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Division No. 1, Manitoba, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.7 km Elevation Gain: 248 m Route Type: Out & Back

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The terrain is pretty rugged as the winding trail follows alongside the shore of West Hawk Lake, passing through forested areas (some overgrown areas with a narrow path through the bush), involving steep climbs and descents on rock walls and has lots of roots and rocks on the path. The rocks are slippery in some areas so watch where you’re stepping. There are amazing scenic views of the lake along the way with some great swimming spots to take a refreshing dip. Close to the beginning of the trail, there is a really cool cave in a vertical rock wall with trees growing through the rocks that makes for great photos. The trail is mostly shaded but there were some areas in full sun. The trail ends at a quiet cove on West Hawk Lake with flat rocks for sitting and a shelter and fire pit at the 6 km mark. It is an awesome place for swimming, relaxing and enjoying lunch. The atmosphere is so peaceful! There are beautiful panoramic views of the stunning natural beauty. The trail is well marked and maintained for the most part. There are some downed trees across the path. It is fairly easy to see where the path is leading though on the way to the end point. There are blue arrows posted on trees and colourful flagging tape to guide the way. On the way back, there are some areas where it can become confusing to know which way the trail led, as there are multiple well worn paths. If you find out you have taken the wrong path, just backtrack and find a sign or try another way. A good tip: when in doubt, climb up! There could be better signage on the way back as most of the signs are facing the opposite direction. Consider wearing hiking boots with ankle support, not runners and definitely not flip flops. It’s very easy to misstep and lose your footing on the rocks. Bring a swimsuit and quick dry towel for swimming at the various spots along the way and at the end of the trail. Make sure to bring sufficient water and food - at least 2 litres of water is recommended. The length of time will depend on your fitness level andhow long you want to stop for breaks, but 3-6 hours is a good estimated range.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
7 hours ago

Fantastic trail that is technically difficult, especially in comparison to a lot of other trails in Manitoba. Trail includes lots of up and downhill scrambles, it’s rocky, and in many places near the beginning it is quite muddy and marshy so be prepared to balance on old logs that folks have laid out. Good hiking shoes are a must! Took us 5 hours, including breaks, at a fast pace.

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rocky
2 days ago

This was my second time completing this trail. It’s genuinely one of the best hikes you can do in the Whiteshell area, despite it being one of the more difficult ones. Proper footing is a must. There’s lots of roots and pointed rocks that you’ll definitely roll an ankle, even if you’re prepared. The trail was a little muddy in some low areas. We went on a beautiful day, where we had a nice breeze so we only encountered some mosquitos, while we were in the muddy areas. The hike took about 3 hours each way, with an hour worth of breaks, for a total time of 7 hours. Definitely prepare to do this for your entire day, as the path back is not marked as well as it was previously, multiple groups of hikers got lost on the way back. Nonetheless, the views on this hike, especially the area to swim at the end, make this hike extremely worthwhile. Be sure to bring lots of water and snacks, and you’ll have a great time!

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muddy
rocky
3 days ago

Gorgeous! Fantastic lake views! You'll get maximum pleasure from the hiking there. A bit long trail but it definitely worth it!

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rocky
3 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 days ago

Nice trail with some steep climbs

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bugs
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Great views, little muddy on low spots.

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rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Trail was really good. Not too muddy, and the breeze was nice. Few sections where the marking need improvement. 4.5 hours at a good pace. .5 break for lunch.

hiking
6 days ago

Favourite trail in Manitoba. It’s definitely challenging and you need good shoes. It’s easy to trip with all the rocks and tree roots but the trail beauty is worth it!! Took around 6 hours including a couple breaks in between. Good time to go because of minimal bugs!

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing walk we went last week a little windy but so worth it!

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muddy
rocky
8 days ago

On the hike back, I got lost a few times. Make sure to follow the blue or orange markers during the hike.

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muddy
rocky
8 days ago

Great trail! Went with three friends and walked/jogged the trail: around 1.5 hours each direction for us, not including two 15 min breaks. Perfect difficulty, and beautiful scenery! Highly recommend!

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muddy
rocky
8 days ago

Great little gem in South Eastern Manitoba! Highly recommended for many experience levels, but I'm putting an emphasis on bringing proper footwear. You definitely don't want to be tackling some of the rock races with open toe shoes or street shoes. Surprised with how many ups and down you get too, not something you see too often in MB. Great hike with an option of multiple swims along the way, if you should want to make a day out of it.

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muddy
rocky
9 days ago

15 days ago

L'un des plus beaux sentiers au Manitoba. 6 hrs de marche avec pause dîner de 20 min. Nous marchions avec nos deux garçons de 7 et 10 ans...certains sentiers étroits avec falaises. Il faut être attentif. Nous allons y retourner!

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

Amazing hike. Took our group close to 6 hours with one 30 minute break. Definitely need proper footwear! Pay close attention to the trail markers - it’s easy to get turned around!

hiking
20 days ago

Average finishes in 6h. Great views

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