Technical Difficulty: Intermediate - Advanced (depending on how hard you push yourself!)
Trail Type: Loop
Distance: 15.1 km starting from Ingolf Lake Parking Lot
Time: Allow 3-4 hours for biking and 4-5 hours for hiking. There are a ton of nice spots along the way that you may want to stop and enjoy so plan to take your time!
Directions: Take Hwy #1 East from Winnipeg and turn right on the Hwy 44 West Hawk Lake Turnoff (approx. 140 km). when you reach the T junction shortly after, turn left to stay on Hwy 44. Follow Hwy 44 for a short while and turn right on provincial road 312. Follow 312 until you reach the end and park in the parking lot beside the train tracks.
Description: The Ingolf trail is an amazingly diverse trail that loops just over 15 km back to the Ingolf parking lot from where it begins. From the parking lot, head north over the train tracks and then turn to your right. Follow the gravel road for 1 km until you reach its end at the train tracks and a small shack. Continue on the train tracks for another 700 meters and you will see the descent to the trail on your left hand side.
The next kilometer or so presents some challenging biking with some steep rocky descents. If you're new to this trail or an intermediate biker, don't get too nervous of frustrated just yet! Things will get a little easier and more fluid for the remainder of the trail.
After the first couple of km, you will hit the clear cut area. Yes, this all used to be a beautifully forested area before the loggers got their hands on it. After a few years it is finally turning green again and beginning to grow back.
Often times, the trail can be a bit tricky to follow. The map below indicates major junctions where things could get a little confusing.
The Ingolf Trail will take you through some incredibly diverse sections of the Canadian Shield. The trail consists mainly of single track trail with a few sections of double track (one section in the middle of about 1 km, and a longer section towards the end). The single track is very fun, much of it undulates up and down over the shield rock. Roots, rocks, and the many muddy/wet sections along the way present both challenges to your skill while adding some extra fun!
At about the 11 km mark you will hit a set of power lines. Keep the power lines on your left and you will continue along to eventually descend to a beaver dam. Cross over and then climb back up, still keeping the power lines on your left. From here the trail continues over a bit of double track trail, winding down past some some cabins, hits one more section of rocky single track and then spits you out along the train tracks. Follow the tracks back to the parking lot...or if you're up for one last little bit of single track, keep an eye out for another trail on your left that descends back into the bush for about 3/4 km.
If you feel energetic enough, you could always turn around and do it the other way! Have Fun!