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Hunt Lake Hiking Trail

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Lovey wrote a review Oct 17
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!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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TnJAdvents wrote a review Aug 2020
Winnipeg631 contributions118 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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BrittanyAdventures wrote a review Jun 2020
Winnipeg, Canada3,181 contributions408 helpful votes
I hiked the full 12 km of Hunt Lake on June 28th. This is my favourite trail in Manitoba and I love the challenging and technical terrain and beautiful scenery! I have done this one many times, but this weekend was my first time out this year. This is an out and back trail. The hike starts off by following closely along the shoreline of Hunt Lake with vertical rock cliffs on the opposite side of the trail. I love this section! Shortly into the hike, there is a really cool cave in the rock cliff that you can climb up to for photo opportunities. It was interesting to see how the trees continue to grow through the rock. The trail then follows alongside West Hawk Lake for the remainder and travels mostly through shaded forest, with the exception of some higher elevation portions near the middle and end of the trail, across the rock face. The hike involved steep climbs and descents on jagged rock walls and there were lots of roots and rocks to navigate on the trail. I loved the technical challenging aspects of this hike! There was a beautiful spot to stop for a snack or a swim at just under 4 km into the hike. It was an open area overlooking the lake, with large rocks for sitting on and a small quiet bay off the lake for swimming. At roughly the 6 km mark, the hike ended at Little Indian Bay, a beautiful and quiet cove off of West Hawk Lake. There were large rocks for sitting on, some shaded areas and a shelter. The bay was peaceful and makes for a great swimming area (warning - the water is very cold). There were pretty views of the lake from here, it was peaceful and it's a great spot to enjoy lunch. The hike then follows the same trail back to the beginning. The trail was well-marked for the most part. There is flagging tape, arrow signs posted on trees, and unfortunately, spray-painted graffiti arrows on the rocks. The trail is well traveled and it's pretty easy to follow, though there are some offshoot trails that you have to watch out for. My number one tip for this hike is to BE PREPARED. This trail is rated difficult for a reason. There are lots of ups and downs along the jagged rocks and some steep climbs and descents. Wear proper, sturdy footwear for climbing over the rocks (I literally saw someone walking this trail barefoot and have seen many people doing it in flip flops). Bring lots of water, especially on hot days, and consider bringing a water filter to fill up at the lake (I drank 4 litres on a 35 degree day). I would also recommend hiking poles. They helped tremendously for scrambling up the rocky climbs. Also, please don't blast your music for all to hear while you're hiking... Most people come here to experience the sounds of nature. There are no outhouses along the trail or at the trailhead. There are plenty of areas off the trail that you can find in the woods to use the washroom. Make sure to take toilet paper and trash with you and don't just dump them along the trail or leave in a firepit! There were lots of a mosquitoes in the swampy, low lying forested sections of the trail, but I didn't get any ticks. There are some really muddy sections as well, which require hopping over rocks and logs. Arrive early, as there is limited parking in the small lot at the trailhead. I began the hike at around 9 AM and the lot was already full. You can park along the road but it's pretty narrow. This trail has also been super busy this summer, so you will beat the crowds if you arrive early. Thankfully, the 35 degree kept many people away during my hike, so it was pretty peaceful and most of the time, the trail felt quiet. I love the challenge of this trail with the steep climbs through the rocky terrain and it is very rewarding. There are beautiful views of the lake along the way and the forest is pretty and peaceful. The entire hike (including stops) took me around 6 hours to complete, so make sure to allow enough time.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Lana W wrote a review Aug 2019
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I found this trail an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon, but compared to many hikes I have done, if you are primarily looking for views, I honestly didn’t feel the views justified the effort. I found the hype was overstated. It’s a beautiful lake, but the views from the trail and at trail end are not significantly different than from other parts of the lake. What it is very good for is a workout in nature - the rocky areas are a nice challenge as is the trail length, but I didn’t find that this trail features anything particularly unique about the Whiteshell region, if you are familiar with boreal forest hikes. I enjoyed the unique regional features of the Pine Point Rapids long loop much more.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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BrittanyAdventures wrote a review Jul 2019
Winnipeg, Canada3,181 contributions408 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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