Hunt Lake Hiking Trail
Hunt Lake Hiking Trail
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700 West Hawk Blvd, Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba R0E 2H0 Canada

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HolisticPioneer
Winnipeg, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • 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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Ashley P
Winnipeg, Canada727 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • 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, Canada986 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • 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, Canada3,237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • 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, Canada22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • 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
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017
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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Tammy R
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
We went on this hike with four boys (ages 7-12), and four adults (two around 40 and two around 70 years old). This was a challenging hike but we were very glad we did it - it sure felt like a huge accomplishment at the end!

We made it to the 1/2 way point (trail's end) in 2 hrs and 42 mins. We had a 45 minutes lunch break before heading back on the return trip. Unfortunately, we took a 25 minute detour when we took a wrong turn at one point, but we still managed to make it back in 2 hrs 55 minutes (including the detour). All together it was a 6.5 hr day! Watch for the blue sign markers as well as the yellow and pink markers tied to the trees. On the way out the lake will be on your left, and on the way back, it will be on your right. Don't just blindly follow your 8 yr old guides ;)

There are no bathroom facilities along the way.

There are many uphill and downhill climbs. You climb over paths, rocks, roots, etc. Some parts can be a bit wet, but we were fine in our runners. Hiking boots probably would've been a better choice - our feet were very tired by the end.

At the half way point there is a small hut, and a fire pit if you're interested in a weiner roast for lunch.

Parts of the trail are somewhat overgrown, particularly as you get closer to the end (perhaps because not everyone makes it that far before turning back?).

Will definitely do it again!
Written August 30, 2017
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Dayanara1974
Winnipeg, Canada30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
I did this hike today for the first time and LOVED it. All the other reviews are excellent and I would agree that it's one of the best hikes in MB. The views are incredible and there are a lot of places to rest along the way. I wouldn't recommend this hike for a begginer or a first time hiker, unless you're in great shape. It's challenging as there are a lot of rocks and tree roots and there are steep hills. You're climbing high up and down again throughout the entire 12.6 kms. and quality hiking BOOTS (not hiking sandals) are a must have. I can't wait to go back!
Written August 10, 2017
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Miranda-Fay F
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
It's an intermediate trail, be wary on the way back as the trail heading back isn't marked super well we did this hike this past Sunday and three other hikers got lost on the way back. It is a great hike though wouldn't take kids in the full 6kms, lots of elevation changes the breeze that comes off the lake is just the greatest thing on a hot day. Enough cover that no one got too badly sunburned, bring lots of water and have fun!
Written May 17, 2017
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