Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

North Escarpment, Bald Hill and Reeve's Ravine Trail

hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(36)
Riding Mountain National Park

North Escarpment, Bald Hill and Reeve's Ravine Trail is a 15.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near McCreary, Manitoba, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 15.4 mi Elevation gain 2,142 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wildlife Over grown
Description
Waypoints (0)

This is an absolutely gorgeous and scenic hike with the good amount of challenge involved. The trailhead is located a 45 minute drive along Highway 19 from the Wasagaming townsite. The trail was beautiful and passed through forest and along the edge of the valley with gorgeous views of the escarpment along the way. There are lots of ups and downs, with some steeper inclines, but it is doable! You will eventually arrive at a junction in the trail, with a sign. Someone has scratched Bald Hill on the sign with an arrow pointing straight ahead. Follow straight ahead for about 7 minutes and you will find yourself climbing onto the narrow and rocky ridge at the Bald Hill Lookout. Although it is not an official trail, the trail is easy to find and follow. The hill is literally bald - it is just rocks and nothing else, with very steep edges. The rocks are flat and slippery and the ridge is narrow, so be careful how close you get to the edge. The views of the surrounding hills, valleys and forests were absolutely stunning from the top of Bald Hill! You hike back to the trailhead along the same path. It takes around 4 hours to complete the round trip hike and in total. We recommend this hike for those looking for scenic views and a good challenge. Wear proper hiking boots/shoes and long pants, as there is some poison ivy along some parts of the trail.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (36)
Photos (89)
Recordings (18)
Completed (80)
View user's profile page
Brittany Thiessen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 22, 2020
HikingGreat!

I hiked the Reeve's Ravine Trail to Bald Hill on September 19, 2020. I arrived at 9:30 AM to start the trail and was the first one on the hike which was peaceful and lovely. On my way back to the parking lot, I passed close to 50+ people hiking up to the hill, so would highly recommend getting there early. The fall colours were absolutely gorgeous this weekend! The views from the top of Bald Hill were stunning with the pops of yellow everywhere. The trail is difficult, and most of the elevation gain is within the 2.5 km leading up to Bald Hill, where there are frequent climbs and some switchbacks. The views are worth the effort though and it is very rewarding! The hike along Reeve's Ravine to Bald Hill and back is approximately 11.5 km. There are multiple options for hikes in this area and many of the trails connect if you want to hike longer.

View user's profile page
Francine Jeffery
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 12, 2020
Hiking
View Francine's Recording
View user's profile page
Liz Tran
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 4, 2020
HikingGreat!
View Liz's Recording
View user's profile page
Brittany Thiessen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 25, 2020
HikingGreat!

I hiked along the Reeve’s Ravine trail to the Bald Hill lookout on August 23, 2020. It was just under 12 km round trip. The trailhead begins from the east side of the park, along a rough gravel road just past the Gorge Creek bottomside trailhead. This hike is challenging and so rewarding!! The views are among the best in Manitoba. For the first 2.5 km, the trail follows along a winding path through the lush forest and over a few creek crossings with wooden bridges. There were some gentle ups and downs in this section. At the junction, it continues to the left along the Reeve’s Ravine trail to the Bald Hill junction for another 2.6 km. This section began to steadily climb and had lots of steep inclines. It opened up to beautiful views along the edge of the escarpment! At the Bald Hill junction, the trail followed straight ahead for another 550 metres to the top of the hill (there is a new parks sign indicating this). This section was mostly downhill and then there were a set of metal stairs leading to the hill. Bald Hill is a narrow and rocky hill with a flat section at the top for enjoying lunch while admiring the incredible views. The scenery of the surrounding hilly landscape with fields in the distance is amazing!! You would never expect to see this in Manitoba. The trail continues back along the same path and is mostly downhill on the way back. The hike was approximately 400 metres of elevation gain and was quite the workout. It is appropriately rated as difficult. Hiking poles and study hiking shoes or boots are recommended for the steep parts. It took us around 4 hours to complete the hike including stops. The bugs were not bad at all and there were hardly any mosquitoes. There are no washrooms at the trailhead so plan accordingly. This is one of my favourite hikes in Manitoba!

View user's profile page
Béla Gyarmati
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 18, 2020
HikingGreat!

This trail was about 14km round trip. It was gorgeous with many different views along the way. The incline was pretty intense at some points but I'm also pretty new to hiking so I'm sure a seasoned hiker can do this no problem! The view once you get to Bald Hill was stunning. I will definitely be doing this again.

View user's profile page
Diane Delaronde
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 18, 2020
HikingBugsGreat!

This trail seems to be in the middle of nowhere. I was happy to see other vehicles in the parking lot. I learned a good trick for hiking from other hikers...and that's to bring some bells to keep the bears away. No bear sightings! Found the MB exploring red chairs. Beautiful view from there. A lot of walking up and down.

View user's profile page
Stew Moffatt
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 28, 2020
Hiking

Completed this hike July 22nd. It’s a quick hike with rewarding views once you get out of the forest. We completed it just over 2 hours - we were going very fast to avoid the mosquitos. We started at the Reeves Ravine parking area (bottom point on this map). Took the Reeves Ravine trail up to bald hill. Using this map it’s easy to navigate. You end up at a trail sign which has a scratched in Bald Hill lookout which will lead you to the top. Watch out for poison ivy. Mosquitoes were also very bad. Note there’s a few ways to navigate to Bald Hill but I believe the one we did described above is the quickest.

View user's profile page
Brittany Thiessen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 13, 2020
HikingBugsMuddy

I hiked along the Bald Hill Trail to the lookout on top of Bald Hill and back, which was around 12 km round trip. The trail began from the same access road as the Gorge Creek Trail (bottomside), however, you have to follow the narrow gravel road a bit further. It is in rough condition and full of potholes, so go slowly. There are limited parking spaces one at the trailhead. There is also no outhouse at the trailhead so use the one at the Gorge Creek parking lot before going further, if you need. The first 2.5 km traveled through lush forest with gentle ups and downs. It wasn't super scenic at this point, but very peaceful and nicely shaded. At the junction, keep to the trail on the left to continue to Bald Hill for another 2.6 km. The second section had more elevation gain (it was a leg and glute burner at times!) and the scenery became more varied and gorgeous. The trail began to open up to amazing views of the escarpment as it followed along a narrow ledge. The weaved in and out of the forest and back along the escarpment with views of the tree-covered hills. At the final junction, follow the unofficial yet well traveled trail behind the trail sign (an arrow pointing forward is scratched into the sign if you look closely) in order to get on top of Bald Hill. This trail is just less than 1 km that is mostly downhill and leads to a set of metal stairs that you will climb to take you to the top of the hill. Bald Hill is literally bare, with no trees, just flat and somewhat slippery rocks on a narrow ridge overlooking the escarpment. The panoramic views were incredible and rewarding! This was a great spot to enjoy lunch, though it was very windy! The trail follows along the same path back to the parking lot. The entire trail including a stop for lunch took me roughly 3 hours as an avid hiker. I had 5 wood ticks along the hike but the mosquitoes weren't too bad. There were quite a few fallen trees across the trail, mostly along the first section, which can be tricky to maneuver over or under. There were some muddy and wet sections along the first section as well but they were easy to navigate. There was also lots of poison ivy along the edge of the trail, so I would recommend wearing long pants or leggings. This hike is perfect for those looking for a challenge along with beautiful views. If you are coming from Winnipeg, the trail is easier to access from the east side of the park (north of Neepawa along Highway 5 and then left on Highway 19 which leads right into the park), to avoid driving on too much gravel.

View user's profile page
Jasmine Gilchrist
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 3, 2020
Hiking

Go check out the northern campsites but then go back to the Jet trail. The northern trail is overgrown and has not been maintained for 3 years. Walked 40km one day because we had to turn around and evened up walking through a side of a beaver dam and bears den

View user's profile page
Riki Krentz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 18, 2019
Hiking

Starting at the Burls & Bittersweet trailhead (just west of East Gate), we took Burls & Bittersweet, then Reeve's Ravine, and then the 1km "unofficial" path behind the junction sign to Bald Hill. Lots of forking in the trail, my advice would be stick to the left until you get to that last junction sign where someone has carved an arrow pointing straight back and written "Bald Hill". Seems like this is the easiest and quickest way to Bald Hill. My Strava account clocked it just shy of 11km round trip and took us 2.5 hours with minimal stopping. Burls & Bittersweet was a fairly easy walk in the woods with some cute bridges and features. Once you hit Reeve's Ravine you get some strenuous inclines with awesome views over the treetops. Lots of poison ivy on the trail, wear pants or tall socks! We also didn't see any wildlife or evidence of such. Would definitely recommend this hike! We followed the directions from this site: https://discoverclearlake.com/2018/05/17/how-to-get-to-bald-hill-bog/

View user's profile page
Kay B
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 11, 2019
Hiking

Did the Bald Hill trail via the North Escarpment trail. We encountered a moose right in the middle of the trail only 20 min in, and a beer that ran off in the bush on the way back, as others have also commented. We went up to the bald hill and Burls & Bittersweet junction where we took the unofficial trail up. We followed the directions scratched on the sign saying to go straight ahead past the sign, where we went up to the actual hill and then back to the North Escarpment trail head. About 2/3 of the way there is a nice little look out point with two chairs to rest. It took about 4 hours, with the trail going primarily down hill on the way in, and up hill on the way out so it can get a bit challenging. Knowing that the easier Burls & Bittersweet trail also leads to the bald hill, I think next time I would go that route instead.

View user's profile page
Michael Salazar
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 9, 2019
Hiking

Excellent went midday and still saw wildlife

View Michael's Recording
View user's profile page
Sam DG
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 29, 2019
HikingOver grown

Beautiful trail with nice views. Wear long pants and bring lots of water. The trail is very overgrown in some spots and there is a lot of poison ivy in the area. Some previous hikers have corrected the Parks Canada signs so be sure to follow their notes or you'll end up in the wrong spot. Completed this trail on July 22.

View user's profile page
Adam B
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 17, 2019
RunningGreat!
View user's profile page
Brittany Thiessen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 22, 2018
Hiking

This past summer, I hiked to Bald Hill along the J.E.T. Trail in the North Escarpment and it was an absolutely gorgeous and scenic hike with the good amount of challenge involved. The trailhead is located a 45 minute drive along Highway 19 from the Wasagaming townsite. It is rated difficult and was definitely a workout for the legs. The trail was beautiful and passed through forest and along the edge of the valley with gorgeous views of the escarpment along the way. There were lots of ups and downs, with some steeper inclines, but it was not quite as strenuous and difficult as I was expecting. You will eventually arrive at a junction in the trail, with a sign. Someone has scratched Bald Hill on the sign with an arrow pointing straight ahead. Follow straight ahead for about 7 minutes and you will find yourself climbing onto the narrow and rocky ridge at the Bald Hill Lookout. Although it is not an official trail, don't let that deter you. The trail is easy to find and follow. The hill is literally bald - it is just rocks and nothing else, with very steep edges. The rocks are flat and slippery and the ridge is narrow, so be careful how close you get to the edge. The views of the surrounding hills, valleys and forests were absolutely stunning from the top of Bald Hill! You hike back to the trailhead along the same path. It took me around 4 hours to complete the round trip hike and in total, it is around 11 km. I would recommend this hike for those looking for scenic views and a good challenge. Wear proper hiking boots/shoes and long pants, as there is some poison ivy along some parts of the trail.

View user's profile page
Isabelle Serceau
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 29, 2018
Backpacking

I went with my grade twelve classmates and it was so beautiful and so scenic! Loved it so much! Would definitely recommend good footwear lots of steep hills and slopes. So worth it though!

View user's profile page
Martin Dobson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 28, 2018

If you’re following the official park route you will end up at a much different ending then this trail shows on here. We were planning on doing the BaldHill route and then skipping over to the GorgeCreek route for the way back. This AllTrails trail takes some detour somewhere. Some reception during the trail but not where we supposed the detour was to happen. The trail is pretty challenging going WEBO. Note: if you take the official trail, do not try to cut through the farmer’s field back to the park entrance. You will be bushwacking for about 3/4 of a mile. Not worth it.

View user's profile page
Alex Vincent
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 25, 2017
Hiking

I recently did the scenic Reeve's ravine, Gorge creek , Bald hill loop of 21 KM. Breathtaking early fall scenery and the falling foliage opens up the trails especially Gorge creek this time of year. Excellent workout and much more scenery than one would expect in the middle of the prairies.

View user's profile page
Kara Swan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 10, 2017
First to Review

This trail was incredible. It wasn't as strenuous as I anticipated, but there are a few pretty steep inclines. The views were stunning and the trail was easy to navigate. At the bald hill junction there was a 7 minute (hike) detour that takes you directly to bald hill. Even though it's not technically part of the trail, I highly suggest taking the detour! The views on top of bald hill are absolutely breathtaking! I had my first bear encounter on this (Reeves Ravine) trail. Luckily the bear was more scared of me than I was of it, and it took off fairly quick. There was LOTS of poop along the trail, so the encounter didn't surprise me too much. Overall, a fantastic experience on this trail! Highly suggest it, but remember we are sharing these trails with wild animals who call the wilderness their home. Please, please, please be respectful and safe! :)

View user's profile page
KayDee Pass
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 11, 2020
Hiking
View KayDee's Recording
View user's profile page
Alannah Thibodeau
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 24, 2020
View Alannah's Recording
View user's profile page
Scott MacIntosh
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 21, 2020
Hiking
View Scott's Recording
View user's profile page
Casey Rainka
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 20, 2020
Hiking
View Casey's Recording
View user's profile page
Pier-Luc Savaria
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 21, 2020
Hiking
View Pier-Luc's Recording
View user's profile page
Tanya Romaniuk
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 11, 2019
Hiking
View Tanya's Recording
View user's profile page
Sunny Dhillon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 3, 2019
Hiking
View Sunny's Recording
View user's profile page
Sandra Fox
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 30, 2019
Hiking
View Sandra's Recording
View user's profile page
Mike Fox
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 30, 2019
Hiking
View Mike's Recording
Showing results 1 - 28 of 36