DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
547 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 day ago

Whenever I visit Riding Mountain, I always hike the first section of the Kinosao Trail leading to Kinosao Lake and then come back to the parking lot along the Brule Trail.

The trail leads through the peaceful forest to Kinosao Lake. The trail is fairly easy and flat with only some minor up and downs. Once you reach the lake, you will see a lovely boardwalk section of the trail, which makes for some beautiful photos.

Kinosao Lake is a gem. In the early morning, the water is so calm and the atmosphere is so serene. You can sometimes hear loons. There is always a canoe laying under a tree at the edge of the water by the dock with paddles and life jackets underneath it, for anyone to take out onto the water. I always love photographing the lake from the dock and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere among nature. There are also great views of the lake (and photo opportunities) right after crossing the boardwalk heading back on the trail, with a bench positioned along the water.

Would highly recommend hiking this trail, especially in the early morning when you will experience the tranquility at the lake. Gorgeous place!