4 miles
519 ft
-536 ft
Avg time


  • Riding Area
    West Hawk Lake
    West Hawk Lake, Manitoba
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Family Friendly
  • Global Ranking
    #9678 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Hunt Lake is a 12.6 km (return) trail that leads north to Indian Bay to a picnic shelter and returns along the same trail. Allow at least 3 hours to reach the trails end. Steep, difficult climbs along the trail reward the hiker with spectacular views. Overnight camping is not permitted.
Type: Hike (out and back)
Time: 3 Hours
Difficulty: Intermediate


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Local Trail Association
More Stats for Hunt Lake Hiking Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -16 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,086 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,159 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,106 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,089 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,048 ft
  • Avg time
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on Sep 7, 2018
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to hunt-lake-hiking-trail trailhead (49.739910, -95.179740)
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Hunt Lake Hiking... Trail Reports

Sep 7, 2018 @ 8:20pm
Sep 7, 2018
Adult bobcat seen on trail half way between Adele Island and Little Indian Bay. Trail was dry, all 3 bridges were damaged, missing or misplaced....
Oct 20, 2017 @ 6:49pm
Oct 20, 2017
Shelter still has a big hole in the roof and wall. Missing signage and a couple trees down on the trail
Sep 4, 2017 @ 10:29pm
Sep 4, 2017
1 or 2 trees down on the main trail.
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Oct 22, 2017 @ 8:19pm
Oct 22, 2017
Hunt Lake Hiking Trail
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Oct 22, 2017 @ 8:18pm
Oct 22, 2017
Hunt Lake Hiking Trail
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Oct 22, 2017 @ 8:18pm
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Hunt Lake Hiking Trail
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Oct 22, 2017 @ 8:17pm
Oct 22, 2017
Hunt Lake Hiking Trail

3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag Darren445 (Sep 4, 2017 at 15:19)
 My friend and I hiked the whole Hunt Lake Hiking Trail on Saturday including the backloop that goes into Ontario. We completed it in 7 and a half hours. 5 hours on the non-maintained back loop and 2.5 hours on the main trail. It's easiest to hike the trail counter clockwise since all the signs are in that direction and the trail is heavily grown in past the shelter. The first kilometre from the main trail to the visitor centre turnoff wasn't too grown in. After the visitor centre turnoff the trail was really grown in. You could barely tell there was a trail. You would have to look at the ground and see if there was a packed trail to know that was the trail. There wasn't a beaten trail going over the first beaver dam crossing so we were pushing through chest high grass and foliage. After the first creek crossing over the new log bridge the trail got worse. There is not much of a trail due to the new plant growth because of the logging that happened years ago. We just looked for ribbons and headed towards them. The trail crossed another beaver dam and went back into old forest and that's where we lost the trail for awhile. There wasn't much ribbons and there wasn't much sign of a trail so we just bushwhacked for a bit and saw a ribbon and got back on the trail. Just before the second crossing there was more logging so there wasn't much of a trail again. We just walked towards the old logging road which was just tall grass now. We could find where the trail went back into the bush and across the creek so we just bushwhacked to the creek and walked along it till we found the rocks that we could hop across to the other side since there was no bridge. We found the trail again on the other side of the creek and made our way to back into Manitoba across the border. The worst part of the trail would have to be the section between the border and the shelter. The trail was almost non existent. Very little ribbons and thick bush. The back loop is possible just very tricky and not well marked. You need a GPS track of the trail. I marked the trail a lot but there is still sections that I didn't mark because I didn't know if where we were walking was the actual trail. I used a whole roll of ribbon. We probably walked over 100 downed trees, lost the trail 10 times and had to stop and look to see where the trail was many times. The best time to do the loop would be in the fall or spring when there is no leaves or tall grass. The fly's and mosquito's were horrible, they would be constantly flying around your head.
  • + 1
flag wilfb (Sep 12, 2017 at 10:20)
 I was there last weekend and could not find the non-maintained section. The locals told me that it did not exist. Now, I must go back and find it. I saw no real sign of it at the turn around shelter.
  • + 1
flag wilfb (Sep 12, 2017 at 10:19)
 There were no bags at all on the section out and back right beside the lake. Maybe a good thing I didn't find the tough part,

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