McCrae Lake Conservation Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews

McCrae Lake Conservation Trail is a 14.5 kilometer loop trail located near Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

14.5 km
300 m






no dogs

13 days ago

This is a great trail with mixed forests, a white pine grove, ponds, a lake and Canadian Shield granite. The trail is easy to follow as it twists through the hilly terrain although I got a little confused at the "short cut. "

1 month ago

Beautiful trails, as some people have said there are some areas that are a little hard to follow. In the fall it can be difficult to see the pale yellow markers, but besides that it’s a really nice place to hike!

3 months ago

Beautiful trail with great scenery. It is NOT a loop trail though. Its an out and back on the same trail, 5 miles one way.

4 months ago

Very beautiful trail. Be very careful of not getting lost though. The yellow trail does become confusing so we ended up bushwhacking to get back on track. I would recommend however!

5 months ago

great trail..

5 months ago

Amazing trail. Did today (June 23 2018). Too many bugs and mosquitoes, but that made it really wild in all aspects. Quiet a bit of ups and downs with beautiful rock beds on the way. Most portion is marked in a yellow blazed trail.

GPS: I'd like to share a track from ViewRanger:

7 months ago

Great trail. Did today, still lots wet snow but some brave souls were camping.

8 months ago

I hike this trail every week now, sometimes twice in a week. New to the app so I am just finding all the other ones around. So far in my area this is the most challenging. It is pretty wet right now but still a very awesome place to get out to, a little further down at the end of the trail are rapids if you look on Google Maps. I can't wait till the water opens up to do a canoe trip back there, and a portage even further!

8 months ago

Hiked several times, most recently to the end at beginning of April. Still lots of ice and snow on the trail. Lots of variety – mix of forest types, marsh, wetlands, lake views, elevation change. Lovely Shield country hiking. Most people turn around at the Crows Nest Lookout. My favourite section is past the lookout. There's a lovely large beaver pond at around km 4 with a nice open rock to take a lunch break at. Beyond this section, the forest opens up to scrubbier shield country. The end might be disappointing in the busy season as it gets busy with day boaters both on the lake and Georgian Bay. (There’s also a view of cottages near the end which kind of ruins the remote feeling.) Trail markers are okay, but pay attention or it’s easy to get off the trail. Avoid summer weekends – parking is insane as this is still ‘free’ access to a very busy canoe camping lake. Trail entrance is not well marked – look for it climbing the hill to the west of the parking, not the obvious portage to the lake. The parking is not marked – it’s a side lane off the west on/off ramp to the highway. Look close on the AllTrails map.

9 months ago

Always a beautiful hike

10 months ago

Great winter hike!

10 months ago

Good spot, lots of parking, will travel there in the summer as well

Monday, November 06, 2017

Great hike with spectacular views. Many up and down elevations can be hard on people with knee or lower back issues. Being hiking poles if needed. Also has area for rock climbing off the water. Campsites are nice but no firewood around. Great for swimming and has areas to cliff jump. lookout is a half hour to 45 minute hike.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Trail is well marked (follow the yellow flags otherwise you're on a side trail); it's an out and back trail.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Amazing view from crowes cliff

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Great hiking trail and beautiful private camping site

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Would have not been possible without a mosquito net/hat. Well marked trail with a lot of elevation change.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Many areas of the trail are flooded due to the rain and a few industrious beavers. Some trail signs are missing causing some confusion as to the trail route when going around the flooded areas. Overall a good trail saw moose track's and unfortunately deep ruts caused by a atv

Monday, June 19, 2017

I'll agree with some of the other comments the trail is confusing. first I went to what clearly looked to be a trail with the signs but that just takes you to the water.
The trail begins by the pavement on the road. So mc crae crae you made me crae crae today. but the views are worth it.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

I 100% recommend this. Hike far enough to get to Georgian Bay. It is stunning.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We made it all the way to the end!! It was gorgeous! Best trail yet!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fantastic trail. A bit obscure with the signage. We couldn't find the parking lot (mostly because it's off the on ramp for the 400 and there was no signs telling us that's where it is) but we managed to access the trail from a snowmobile trail entrance. Beautiful scenery and breathtaking colours.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Beautiful waterfall at the end of the trails!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

This trail is beautiful but the lack of signage made this trail a bit of a nightmare. We had NO clue where the yellow markers were taking us so we ended up turning back the way we came. If McCrae Conservation would like people to enjoy this trail I recommend putting a picture of the trail at the start with how many kms it is. If they don't want people to enjoy it keep it the way it is.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mc cray cray make is awesome, keep it clean pls

Monday, May 23, 2016

Great views

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Awesome trail leads to a bluff you can climb if you have the proper gear and exp.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Was going to try this hike but was unable to find it. If it is somewhere around here there are no signs.

1 month ago

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