The Lusk Cave Trail

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The Lusk Cave Trail is a 10.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pontiac, Quebec, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.0 km Elevation Gain: 212 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

cave

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

Please note: Dogs are allowed on this trail from April 15th to November 30th

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 days ago

Lush caves are outside of the trail layout but must visit for sure!!!

hiking
9 days ago

Definitely worth the extra distance to the cave!

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
14 days ago

The Lusk cavern is amazing and worth visiting. I hiked this trail with my dog in late May and it was getting buggy. Overall, the hike was really disappointing. The trails in the forest aren’t maintained at all by the park authorities. There were mud pits everywhere or the trail was too easy on an old road along the Lake. The park could afford to put some effort into making quality hiking trails with wood platforms over regular lowland areas that obviously get muddy. Instead of investing in the trails they just let people scramble the trail wider and wider every year. It’s embarrassing for a conservation area. The last issue is parking. In May you spend 30 minutes walking through the campground from the beach parking lot. So over half this trail is not really in the woods. My recommendation is to visit the caverns, this is not a trail for someone looking for a good hike.

This trail is definitively one my favourites in Gatineau Park. I highly recommend making a quick detour to Lusk Caves; make sure to bring clothes you don't mind getting wet, an extra set of clothes, water shoes and a headlamp (or at least a flashlight). You won't regret it.

hiking
17 days ago

Good, long hike if you do the whole trail. More difficult between Lusk caves and Lusk Lake, but very easy the rest of the trail. Caves are a cool place to stop and check out! (Technically, the caves are off of this trail but very easy to get to and then get back on the trail). Not horribly buggy in August, just the middle section where the trees are a bit more dense.

hiking
26 days ago

10.8 km. Great for nature lovers. Not kid friendly though.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The whole loop was about 6.5kms. I took my 6 year old with me and he really enjoyed it. There were a lot of rocks and son tripped over them a few times lol. The scenery is very nice and the cave was really neat. The bug condition was actually really good, we did get a few bites but it wasn't terrible!

1 month ago

It's an easy walk but the caves are so cool

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

excessively a lot of mosquito and firefly. we are covered with sting. otherwise the hike is good for beginner my all the same long with young children.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail itself was fairly easy, despite the relentless mosquitos. Spelunking in the caves at the end was a really cool experience and a good way to cool off.

hiking
muddy
scramble
2 months ago

Okay trail, great swimming spot at Lusk Lake - it’s secluded enough to be empty most days. Walking through Lusk Cave is the best part though. Bring water shoes, a headlight, and a change of clothes, cause this really is a cave - no light at all with a thaw-fed stream and everything.

hiking
2 months ago

pro tip: you have to pay twice to go here. First to get into the park then again to park your car

hiking
3 months ago

Because of the recent rain parts of the trail were close and the bugs were spectacularly bad but in the end it didn’t matter. It was so pretty. The beginning of the trail is heavily wooded, then there are breaks in the trees where the sun filters through and then the caves which were full of fast moving water. Amazing. I would definitely do it again.

running
3 months ago

Great for a shaded trail run with a swim in the lake after!

4 months ago

one of my favorite trail to do around the area. strongly recommend bringing water shoes or crocks or an extra pair of runners you don't mind getting wet. depending what time of the year you go the water levels in the second part of the caves can be high near the end of the cave. nice part about the caves is that there is an opening halfway through to get out for anyone that doesn't feel comfortable doing the second part (which is a bit more difficult). Also flash lights are necessary in my opinion! towels are nice if you don't want to walk back wet.

4 months ago

Totally worth it just to go into the cave. Bring clothes you don't mind getting wet.

hiking
4 months ago

The caverns are definitely worth the walk; some youngsters even camp there, which gives it that special summer group feel to it. It's a must do for all novice hikers but do bring Crocs & Flashlights!

nature trips
Monday, September 10, 2018

Great trail with nice view of lake. A little too easy for me so stopped to go into the caves. Best part was wading through the cavern waters and being underground!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

I took my 13 year old and 7 year old on this hike. It was long but fairly easy. Going through the cave made it totally worth it but be prepared with water shoes and headlamp to get through the cave.

hiking
Saturday, July 07, 2018

Did this last weekend starting counterclockwise (so through the marsh first) and was stalked by a SWARM of deer flies for the first 4km or so, to the point where I almost turned back and threw in the towel at one point. I was wearing DEET bug spray but clearly it wasn't enough to deter the pests. I spent most of the 4km waving my arms around me CONSTANTLY to stop them from landing on me and biting, and by doing short running bursts to try and lose the cloud, which was very annoying and pretty exhausting but a good workout in hindsight considering the rest of the hike was very easy. If you decide to do this hike, I'd recommend a bug net and thick hiking clothing to prevent them from biting through your clothes (Lululemon leggings are NOT adequate protection! as I learned the hard way...). Bringing a can of bugspray with you to spray as you go probably wouldn't be a bad idea either, unless you don't mind waving your arms constantly and bursting out in a sprint every now and again. The bugs let up at about 5-6 kms in though and the hike is pretty nice after that. It's relatively flat so pretty easy but makes for a good trail run since it's pretty well worn (not too many snags or rocks). Best part: Bring your bathing suit and jump in the lake to freshen up at the end of your hike!

hiking
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A bit busy mid-May. Easy for a beginner hiker. Nice places to stop.

hiking
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Did the hike clockwise and loved it. Ended up doing 12k by time the excursions off-loop were done. Was absolutely beautiful! The end maybe easier for sure but a nice reward along the lake. That and a momma dear with her 2 little ones! There were bear sightings today by some other people closer to the campground FYI.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Maybe not do it again but still glad I did. It's a nice long walk, but in the end reaaaally easy. Not too crowded if you go for the loop.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

One of the best trails in the area just make sure to bring a headlamp and clothes you don't mind getting wet in!

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