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Type: Mountain Biking
Approximate Distance: 15.1km
Recommended Time: 3-4 hrs (though there are lots of nice spots along the way, so you may want to stop and take your time!)
Fees/Permits required: The trail is located in Whiteshell Provincial Park, so a Manitoba Parks vehicle pass is required.
This trail could be considered intermediate or advanced depending on how hard you push yourself. Oftentimes the trail can be a bit tricky to follow – major junctions that could be confusing are noted on the map. The trail consists mainly of single track trail with a few sections of double track.
Much of the single track undulates up and down over the shield rock. Roots, rocks, and the many muddy/wet sections along the way present challenges to your skill while adding some extra fun!
Hunt Lake is within the Whiteshell Provincial Park, so be sure to bring a parks pass for your vehicle. Cell reception can be patchy in this area, and we suggest taking a SPOT unit (which is available for rent) in case of an injury or emergency.
Take Hwy #1 East from Winnipeg and after approx. 140km take the Hwy 44 West Hawk Lake Turnoff. 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.
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. After a few years it is finally turning green again and beginning to grow back.
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 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.
All bikers undertake trips at their own risk. Mountain biking is a potentially dangerous activity, and should not be undertaken unless you are medically able and properly trained. Wilderness Supply has no responsibility for any claims, demands, causes of action, damages, or injuries, whether caused by negligence or any other cause on this or any other provided trip routes. Users should assess both the current conditions and their own skill levels at all times during their trip to take the safest course of action possible. Always leave a route plan and expected time of return with a third party before heading out on a trip, and take along a means of making emergency contact if necessary.