Hunt Lake Hiking Trail

Hunt Lake Hiking Trail, Whiteshell Provincial Park: Address, Hunt Lake Hiking Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Hunt Lake Hiking Trail
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700 West Hawk Blvd, Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba R0E 2H0 Canada
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Philippe S
Winnipeg, Canada32 contributions
Solo
This very difficult trail challenges you all the way to Indian Bay following the east side of small Hunt Lake and on to beautiful West Hawk Lake (deep, formed by a meteriote). There are many steep rocky climbs and descents full of roots. Choose a rain free day as it would be dangerous. You walk on top of granite outcrops forming natural sidewalks. Spring might be the best time to visit as all is fresh, no bugs, cool afternoons. Takes about 6 hrs return to do over 12 km of this mostly very narrow trail (wear long pants and good hiking shoes, no open toes). There were several low spots but you can stay out of the mud. Trailhead site has been improved with more parking, new signage and clean toilet. Such an asset to amazing Whiteshell Provincial Park.
Written May 29, 2021
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Lovey
Winnipeg, Canada4 contributions
Incredibly beautiful hike, but definitely a challenge. Wear shoes that have good ankle support and bring LOTS of water (especially if it's hot). I wouldn't recommend hiking if it's recently rained. Expect to be scaling up rocks for different parts of the hike!
Written October 18, 2020
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TnJAdvents
Winnipeg635 contributions
Couples
Absolute amazing hike. Very challenging hike with lots of elevation changes, rock climbing, mud jumping, etc. Very scenic views along some parts of the trail. Took us 5 hours to complete with frequent photo taking and beverage stops. Highly recommend.
Written August 23, 2020
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HolisticPioneer
Winnipeg, Canada1 contribution
Couples
Today my partner & I took the amazing Hunt Lake Trail. First of all the staff at the Manitoba Information Centre was so incredibly kind and knowledgeable, so thank you to them!
Secondly, the hike was absolutely stunning. We went on a Wednesday, there were only 2 other couples on the track and after a couple of kms we didn't even see or hear them again. It really was like we were alone with the lake and the forest. There were a couple of parts which were slightly muddy. However, they were easy to walk around and didn't interfere with the hike what so ever. No images on the internet honestly do this hike justice. We stopped for a picnic on some rocks and were entertained by a chipmunk pinching our bread crumbs. There is just so much wildlife and the refreshing dip in the lake was bliss.
I am the Holistic Pioneer so I hike and mountaineer all around the world & this hike has been one of my favourite day hikes thus far. I can not wait to write about it. You can check out our hike and information at Holisticpioneer.com

Remember to be respectful when you hike and keep noise pollution to a minimum so everyone can enjoy this gorgeous serenity!

Carpe Diem x
Written June 14, 2018
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AshleyB196
Winnipeg, Canada453 contributions
Couples
By far my favourite hike in Manitoba. I have done the hike every year for the last 3 years now, it's enjoyable every time. Great views. Wouldn't suggest it for anyone who is out of shape. 12k - takes us about 4 hours to complete taking time to take pictures & have lunch.
Written June 21, 2017
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Michelle L
Winnipeg, Canada812 contributions
Friends
This trail is wonderful in its various forms. Lake side path which varies from grass, inclines, declines, small bridges and rock climbing. There's a cavern in a rock wall that is possible to climb up to. Absolutely challenging the first time. Several beautiful viewpoints and a warming hut.
Written April 25, 2016
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Cosmopolitan318568
2 contributions
Friends
Superb trail done it many times summer and winter. Plan about 4 to 5 hrs. Lots to see. Beautiful rock cliff and numerous small water stream. Small older shelter at the end with old fire pit.
Written August 8, 2015
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Brittany
Winnipeg, Canada3,244 contributions
Friends
I hiked Hunt Lake for my first time recently and it definitely won’t be the last time. It was incredible! This is my new favourite Manitoba trail! According to my FitBit, the trail was 11.5 km round trip although the map says 12 km.

The terrain was pretty rugged as the winding trail followed alongside the shore of West Hawk Lake, passed through forested areas (some overgrown areas with a narrow path through the bush), involved steep climbs and descents on rock walls and had lots of roots and rocks on the path. The rocks were slippery in some areas so watch where you’re stepping. This hike is appropriately rated as difficult. It is an out and back trail. There were amazing scenic views of the lake along the way with some great swimming spots to take a refreshing dip. Close to the beginning of the trail, there is a really cool cave in a vertical rock wall with trees growing through the rocks that makes for great photos. The trail was mostly shaded but there were some areas in full sun.

The trail ended at a quiet cove on West Hawk Lake with flat rocks for sitting and a shelter and fire pit at the 6 km mark. It was an awesome place for swimming, relaxing and enjoying lunch. The atmosphere was so peaceful! There were beautiful panoramic views of the stunning natural beauty.

The trail was well marked and maintained for the most part. There were some downed trees across the path. It was fairly easy to see where the path was leading though on the way to the end point. There were blue arrows posted on trees and colourful flagging tape to guide the way. On the way back, there were some areas where it became confusing to know which way the trail led, as there were multiple well worn paths. If you find out you have taken the wrong path, just backtrack and find a sign or try another way. I found that when in doubt, climb up! There could be better signage on the way back as most of the signs are facing the opposite direction.

I recommend wearing hiking boots with ankle support, not runners and definitely not flip flops (sadly, I saw this). It’s very easy to misstep and lose your footing on the rocks. Bring a swimsuit and quick dry towel for swimming at the various spots along the way and at the end of the trail. Make sure to bring sufficient water and food - at least 2 litres of water is recommended. It took me about 3 hours to complete the round trip hike not including a stop for lunch and swimming at the end for about half an hour. I didn’t take many breaks and was hiking at a good pace. The trail guide recommends that you allow 6 hours or so to hike this. The length of time will depend on your fitness level. I would consider myself to be athletic and I found this trail challenging but it was awesome.

This hike was an amazing workout and I enjoyed the challenge! It was sweaty and tiring in the heat and humidity but so amazing. It was very rewarding and well worth the exhaustion and pain of sore muscles.
Written July 1, 2019
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hneus2018
Montreal, Canada24 contributions
Solo
The trail was well marked and maintained. That being said the trail is very challenging with rocks, tree roots and slippery areas, but so worth it. Did the walk in about 4 hours.
Written September 30, 2018
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Julie F
East Braintree67 contributions
So we took this trail because it was close to home... we completed maybe half of it. The half we did do, was not all that pleasant... good if you wanted something challenging, but not that great for us... we felt as though we had to watch every step so we didn't trip and fall. There were some spots that if you did fall, you'd probably die because of the height of the path and the jagged hill below. My girls were fine, being 25 and 27 years young, didn't seem to mind the trail. I don't mind steep climbs, just not on jagged rocks. There was a pretty cedar grove along the way which we stopped for a little snack on the return leg.
So if you're young and nimble I guess its fine. But as older hikers, we thought it was a little rough. We'd rather enjoy the view rather than have to watch every step.
Written January 21, 2018
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