Ganaraska Hiking Trail: Devil's Lake to Black River Road

HARD 26 reviews

Ganaraska Hiking Trail: Devil's Lake to Black River Road is a 30.9 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Minden Hills, Ontario, Canada and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
30.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
741 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

paddle sports

snowshoeing

trail running

bridge out

camping
2 days ago

Tried this with my 9 year old son. It was a bit much for his first but we managed to get to Sheldon Lake where we spent one night and did some fishing. He caught 2 small bass. It was a lot busier then I thought but can’t wait to go again with my wife next time. I enjoyed the challenge.

hiking
19 days ago

Be careful on this trail. A guy died on the trail this winter and a lot of effort was made by authorities to make a rescue. No cel service. No bail out points. No Park service and no rescue without volunteers. The trail may be only a little over 30 kilometers but for any reason losing your way is more like hopeless and helpless. Saw 7 bears in 4 different locations in 3 days. Bugs are brutal May through July.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the family here on April 1st, 2018. It was about -5C when we started (9:30am) and -1C when we finished (2:30pm). Great trail with several changing sections including a pretty good cliff to scale (12-15ft) and several beaver damns to walk across. Not sure you how you would walk across without the lakes frozen over as you would get pretty wet. We did a 2 hr camp at Sheldon lake, which was absolutely beautiful...even with everything frozen. The camp sites that are at Sheldon lake looked pretty nice, but I imagine they would be hard to secure as they were full with a couple of set of campers...even in below zero temperatures. Will have to go back in spring/summer to do the trail again!!!

5 months ago

Excellent trail for silence and meditation.

backpacking
7 months ago

Hiked from Minden Hills, Devils Lake (accessed by the trail head at Deep Bay Road) to Victoria Bridge to our families hunt camp in the area with our little dog, Beanz. We lucked out with the weather at this time of the year, as it was beautiful and sunny during our 3 night hike. We found the trail challenging, crossing numerous beaver damns and marshes, climbing rock escarpments, bush whacking through dense bush and strawberry bushes, and trekking through rough wilderness terrain, however we found it extremely rewarding, stopping to take in the wonderful scenic views at Victoria Lake, Wolf Lake, Loon Lake and finally Victoria Falls, among numerous other lakes. There are a few campsites at these locations, and numerous canoes and boats dotted along the way for hikers to enjoy. We saw hardly any people after the first portion of the hike to Victoria Lake (just a few overnight hikers) and later, two hunters at Wolf Lake. Other than that, we felt completely alone in the wilderness, spotting a few snakes along the way, startling a few partridges, and watching a beautiful blue heron fly off into the sunset. There are a few things that we would do differently if we were to hike this trail again, we would take much smaller packs, and maybe give our selves a few days so that we can set up camp early and enjoy the numerous great fishing holes that this trail has to offer. Overall, we would definitely recommend this hike to any experienced backpacker who wishes to enjoy some of the remote and challenging wilderness in Ontario.

7 months ago

the space is good. sometines open sonetines close.

9 months ago

Beautiful but the ride in was a bit too tight and bumpy! Which made it feel twice as long getting in. The ppl around are very friendly :) so that makes it more pleasant lol.

backpacking
10 months ago

I have been here a few times. Find it pretty buggy in the summer months. I like to backpack and camp a few nights in Sept and Oct. no bugs and very few people if you go mid week. Will be going back again this coming fall.

trail running
11 months ago

Buggy, muddy but great hike!!

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Beautiful peaceful hike. If you're a novice hiker, it could be slightly challenging but nothing a relatively fit person couldn't handle. Bring water proof shoes, dry socks and some serious bug spray. Lots of hungry mosquitoes. Don't stop or you will get eaten by them.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Great challenging hike. Pack deet and dry socks!

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Great for a short day hike, snowshoeing, multi day hikes as well as canoe trips. Weekends get a little busy but there is always space to pitch a tent.

snowshoeing
Monday, February 20, 2017

great trail for snowshoeing, challenging but fun. no one in sight. can't wait to come back in the summer!

hiking
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Beautiful. Hiked the trail from Victoria Bridge to the Otter junction. Could not find the blue side trail for the Montgomery Creek loop. Also the bridge for Black River Junction is closed.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

great trail and side trails, beautiful views and refreshing lakes

backpacking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

The land bridge that splits Victoria lake and Wolf lake was unpassable in August 2016, we had to turn back and cut our hike short. Beyond that, beautiful trail, beautiful park.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Beautiful trails. Lots of wetlands. Clean and quiet.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Loved it

hiking
Sunday, November 08, 2015

Awesome

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017