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Pisew Falls and Kwasitchewan Loop

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Pisew Falls and Kwasitchewan Loop is a 17 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located in the state of Manitoba, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from May until September.

Length17 miElevation gain2224 ftRoute typeLoop
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeSnow
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Ben Berg
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Was ok, nice little leg stretcher on the long drive to Thompson

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Jessica Hartley
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HikingBugsGreat!Off trailOver grown

Did this as an overnight the middle of August. This was a challenging hike, at times it can feel grueling but the night at the falls made it totally worth it. Campsites were empty and Falls were amazing. There were some boggy parts in the initial trail and we took the longer Philips Lake route (15 km each way, 5 hours with packs) due to reports of flooding on the Grass River side (sounds ok now based on others reports). Be careful about 700m after the fork there is a second small trail off to the left and this is the one you need to take, otherwise you end up at a campsite with a boat at Philips Lake. we had to double back. fyi there is an extra 6k missing from all signage so trail loop is 28 km

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Brittney Cowan
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CampingMuddyOff trailOver grown

Crazy hike. Lots of ups and downs on the trails. We did the Grass side one day one in a total of 21k (7 hours) to get all the ways to the falls. Wouldn't recommend that side on a wet/rainy day. Then did the Phillips side on day two in a total of 15k (5 hours) . Much easier, still difficult enough with climbing over trees and roots. We were definitely first timers and managed but extremely soar afterwards. Well worth the view and the feeling of accomplishment.

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Lindsay Craig
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Margaux Miller
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Every sign for this hike is incorrect. It says it isn't is 22km but it is significantly more, more like 28 km. It seems as though they forgot to count the initial leg of the trail twice because that part is an in and out. There is no way around doing 28km. Great hike though! Mixed terrain. Difficult.

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Kristin Annable
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We did the hike in one day and it took us 12 hours, with lunch at the falls. If I could do it again, I would camp overnight, the campsites are beautiful and it a loooong 12 hours — bring lots of water, mosquito spray, an extra pair of socks and some moleskin to protect your wet feet from oncoming blisters. Previous posts said the Grassy side was washed out, we started Philips side and ran into hikers who said Grassy was fine, so we did the loop with no troubles — save one spot near the campsites. Grassy is far more scenic! Overall there were many obstacles along the trail — downed trees, muddy spots mostly — but all manageable. Look out for alternate paths created by other hikers to avoid the mud and wet. Before the big fork it is very wet. The Grassy side was drier save one washed out part of the trail between the campsites — it requires some careful log balancing! The Portage path is quite muddy. As for the markings, there is orange tape that is helpful to ensure you’re on the right path. There is a very tricky part on the Philips Lake side that is so easy to miss — right after the fork between Philips and Grassy there is an unflagged left turn — if you go past this you end up going quite far down towards the lake, if you see a boat you’ve gotta double back! Going from Philips to Grassy there is a trail that leads to the toilets using yellow flags, that’ll lead you to the orange flag route. Overall a great, but tiring experience made worthwhile by the falls — it is a gorgeous view.

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Gabriel Fillion-Dionne
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Gabriel Fillion-Dionne
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Teisha Huff
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Backpacking

The trail was so beautiful and challenging! We backpacked in and camped at the falls overnight. Met some backpackers coming from their overnight stay and advised us the Grass River portion of the loop was washed out, so they came back the way they came in. We decided to do the same. The lack of trail marking was frustrating and caused us to double back. The hike is longer than you think - DEFINITELY CLOSER TO 30KM - it’s best to be prepared. Lots of bear poop on the trail. Lots of fallen trees to climb over and under, some parts are a little over grown. Rained on us all night and the whole way back to the parking lot. This made the tree root scaling very slippery and caused the already water - logged areas even more soppy. Regardless of the hardships nature threw at us, the views were beautiful and the different parts of the trail and forest were stunning! Definitely recommend to stay the night to enjoy it fully. Took us 6 hours in with sun and underestimating the length, 4 hours out through rain, thunder and mosquito clouds.

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Zoe Davies
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Just attempted this hike without success (will be back) I’d for sure recommend camping out and doing it in two days. Some areas are a bit flooded and not a lot of clear marking on direction through the trial, there’s a few forks with no description on which way will take you to the falls (for sure shouldn’t be a deal breaker) But for us it was a tad annoying (should have been expected) but as we were attempting to do it in a day it was frustrating at points, nonetheless it was a good hike! Bugs are bad so be prepared :) Hiked it with my dogs so it was still enjoyable regardless of not being able to make it. Made it to a cute rest point with some boats and a spot for a fire.

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Sarah Bath
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HikingBugsOver grown

My spouse and I hiked to Kwasitchewan Falls last week and it was incredible! We did the hike in a day. About 10 hours with time to have lunch and enjoy the Falls! The water was high but there were trails made up to the fork to get around the water logged areas. We decided to take the Phillips Lake trail in and back rather than attempting the loop (thanks to the previous review!). At first we missed the slight left turn to take the Phillips Lake side. We kept going until we reached the lake where there were boats and we were trying to look for the trail. We realized we had to back track to find the trail turn (it's not along the lake). Along Phillips Lake trail it was over grown, trees down which we had to climb over and under (it was fun!). The bugs we're tolerable as long as you kept going and had lots of bug spray. We didn't encounter any bears but we were still prepared with bear spray. Pack LOTS of water. We had two bladders full and ran out. Luckily I had my Puritii water bottle so we were able to drink water from the falls and streams along the way. Also there's cell phone service until about the fork and after that there was nothing for us. Overall awesome experience and highly recommend people to see the highest Falls in Manitoba!

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Zack H
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Sof Zukov
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BackpackingOver grown

I hiked this trail solo end of May and it was incredible! At the time it was very overgrown and the trail had a lot of fallen trees. Given it was still very early in the season I was not surprised the trail wasn’t cleaned up yet. I only had some mosquitos and flies late in the evening but easy to deal with. No ticks at all. As many others have pointed out this is a 29KM trail, NOT 23KM. I camped at site #1 next to the helicopter landing zone. Beautiful area next to a small cliff and the best place for sunset views. Make sure to give yourself enough time to enjoy the falls, it is powerful and stunning and SO worth it! I encountered a mama bear and her cub right on trail near the grass river and philips lake fork area less than 40 m ahead of me on trail but didn’t have any issues scaring them away. Be bear smart and carry bear spray. There is no bear box so be ready to hang your food.

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Andrew Gilson
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BackpackingBugsFloodedMuddyOff trailOver grownWashed out

Like some of the previous comments said, water levels are high and have washed out parts of the trail. While the majority of these parts are passable just by going around, after the second campsite near Kwasitchewan Falls on the Grass River side it becomes impassable. We were lucky enough to meet a group at the Phillips Lake fork that were forced to turn around and didn't get a view of the falls and suggested we go the other way. We took their advice and went the longer Phillips Lake route and made it to the falls with no issue. There's a couple backcountry campsites near the falls on this side, so no issues there. Bugs were ridiculous, but to be expected given the time of year and the amount of water everywhere. All in all great views and definitely worth the effort.

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Breanne Syvret
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HikingBugsFloodedMuddyOver grownWashed out

Did the trail last weekend with 2 other hikers. We went the Grassy River side and the trail was flooded in many spots including nearby the falls. Some campsites have also been flooded. Please be aware if doing the hike that the trails are overgrown and flooded. You will need to create your own paths at times, climb over trees, and will make even your water proof shoes soaking wet. In addition, the campsites are covered in garbage. We left it cleaner then before but many people left behind garbage. Bugs are really bad right now. Although the trail was flooded, covered in garbage, and bad bugs, the sights were worth it! Def a must do hike. It is 29km NOT 22 or 24.

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