Rock Dunder

MODERATE 88 reviews

Rock Dunder is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Leeds, Ontario, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
321 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

private property

This trail is closed until May 15th EVERY YEAR. Commencing in 2017, access will not be free. It will require either a "day pass" or a "season pass". A soaring lookout over the Rideau Waterway, and a local landmark for generations. Well-marked trails through mature woodlands, following shorelines and finally climbing to the rocky summit. Part of the Rideau Waterways Land Trust, trail development and maintenance by the Rideau Trail Association. This magnificent site was owned for generations by the Boy Scouts of Canada. In 2005 it was purchased by the Rideau Waterways Land Trust and is now available for hiking through their kindness.

hiking
1 day ago

A really great trail. Easily can spend half a day or longer their. Amazing views and moderately challenging. Can't wait to take my boys their.

hiking
12 days ago

All info regarding passes can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1679673025674426&id=1672193249755737

23 days ago

Very nice hike! I was here on May 30 and the skeeters were
super bad, I would seriously suggest lots of bug spray!

1 month ago

It's a wonderful hike, but I've heard that it is closed to the public. Double check before you head out.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Awesome hike. And a great view at the end. I would definitely do it again

hiking
1 month ago

Thank for your correction re:my review, yes we discussed with them about it; that they should not have just walked past even though others were, but they did apologize, and said it will not happen again.

2 months ago

Beautiful and nice flow in changing views!

2 months ago

As a member of the Rideau Waterway Land Trust (with the exception of last year as I did not receive a membership renewal and could not find up-to-date contact information on the website :( ) and former summer student employee, I am glad to see that the Trust is in fact still active and has begun to do something about the Dunder situation. The last time I hiked in 2015 there were several people off-trail and loose dogs running about despite signage explaining trail use protocols and that the area is an ANSI and has sensitive flora and fauna. Speaking with these people they were incredibly rude and could not be persuaded that the property is indeed private. I'm glad that trespassers are finally being dealt with and hopefully the OPP will become more involved in preventing trespassing but I also hope that this leads to more respectful use of the trails when they are open. The Land Trust does great work in preserving conservation lands along the Rideau corridor and trails such as Dunder can act as flagship properties to help generate funds towards current and future conservation and preservation efforts if people respect them. Also, I hope that those who have been unable to read a sign for the past few years finally achieve that skill. It is truly pathetic when educational institutes like Queen's and Algonquin college are advertising to their students to hike Dunder when it is clearly CLOSED. Looking forward to becoming a RWLT member again once the website is updated.

2 months ago

Possible correction to the reply to Andrea Hunt's comment. A few groups of trespassers were caught on Easter Monday. The other group that we now know were spoken to by a volunteer were comprised of 3 young individuals but no small child. This group was not verbally hostile and were not observed littering -- but they had walked past all 4 "Closed" signs and circumvented the locked chain across the access road to trespass. As another volunteer said the other day, "it incenses me that people can be so disrespectful of private property".

2 months ago

Re: Andrea Hunt's review. Speaking the the volunteer they met, I understand her daughter, son, and friend walked past one sign that says "closed November 15th to May 15th", another sign that says "Closed until May 15th, thanks for your Co-operation, two more signs that say "closed", and a chain stretched across the access road with a lock on it. Furthermore, I understand that they were defiant and that they threatened violence (actually, I understand their words were something like "you are lucky we have a child with us" -- so I guess that qualifies as "inferred violence". Furthermore, I understand they took the trespassing note, crumpled it up, and threw in on the ground as litter. Yes -- unfortunately, it would be preferable if people who act that way do not visit the property. Such disrespect to volunteers and the environment is disheartening.

hiking
2 months ago

My daughter, son, and friend had a great time there on Easter Monday with beautiful scenery, exercise, nice weather until they got back to their car where they found a trespassing note on their car, then a guy yelled at them for trespassing, asked them if they knew how to read, and were asked never to come back because he had their plate# (even after my daughter apologized).

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trails and spectacular view from the top. Love the variety of trials that the park has and the different challenges that each new adventure brings.

nature trips
2 months ago

Being with RWLT (the owners of the property), I find it interesting and disturbing reading some of these reviews and the "activities" this site tells people they can do. NOTE THAT THIS SITE IS NOT CONTROLLED BY THE OWNERS OF ROCK DUNDER, AND IS NOT ENDORSED BY THEM -- IT GIVES FALSE INFORMATION. You CANNOT cross-country ski here -- it is closed Nov 15 to May 15. Sarah Amyotte (review below) suggests bringing a flashlight. THAT IS ONLY FOR SAFETY IN CASE YOU GET LOST -- Rock Dunder is closed from dusk to dawn -- it is only open during daylight hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Correction Needed....(I am with the Rideau Waterway Land Trust (RWLT)).... This trail is closed until May 15th EVERY YEAR. Commencing in 2017, access will not be free. It will require either a "day pass" or a "season pass". The cost will be nominal -- information will be available prior to May 15 -- check the RWLT website (www.rwlt.org) -- it will be updated once the process and price for obtaining a pass has been finalized.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was pretty muddy in certain places but regardless of this was a gorgeous and fun walk. The loop was challenging enough to feel rewarding, but not too hard to be unapproachable by casual hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike; wear waterproof shoes/boots. It's spring & the trail is very muddy in parts; saw a few people struggling to stay dry in running shoes.

4 months ago

Great trail