Hiking

Never Stop Exploring

Get outside and start exploring the beautiful property of Kenauk Nature. Kenauk offers a network of trails for all levels of experience. Hiking at Kenauk is a great activity for families and the perfect way to enjoy our breathtaking scenery. Please stop at the front gate or Whitefish Lake for directions and maps.

Trails are identified with yellow plastic markers (10cm x 15cm) that are labelled with an arrow or trail number and a symbol indicating the level of difficulty. Green circles identify easier trails, blue squares identify intermediate trails and black diamonds indicate difficult trails.

 

Trail 1 – Skymount (intermediate)

  • Distance: 2.1km each way (1.3 miles)
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Starting Point: On the right side of the main road, between the 1st and 2nd kilometer points there is a small beige shelter at the trailhead. If you’ve crossed the green bridge you’ve gone too far!
  • Description: This trail climbs steadily, eventually ending at a 20 meter (60 foot) high fire tower. Along the way you’ll walk up the rocky bed of a springtime river and later you must traverse a beaver dam. Anyone wishing to climb the tower will experience breathtaking views of Kenauks many mountains and valleys. You can also admire the Ottawa River that borders the property and on a clear day the Adirondack Mountains are visible to the south.
  • Click here for map of hiking trails 1 and 2

 

Trail 4 – Fern Trail (intermediate)

  • Distance: 3.6km round trip (2.3 miles)
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Starting Point: On the right side of the main road, between kilometers 4 and 5, there is a small beige shelter at the trailhead.
  • Description: This trail descends slowly through a young hardwood forest, then turns right and follows the Kinonge River downstream. When you reach an old bridge you must turn around and return on the same trail. The return hike can seem steeper on the way back up!
  • Click here for map of hiking trails 4 and 5

 

Trail 5 – The Kinonge (easy)

  • Distance: 4.6km round trip (2.9 miles)
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Starting Point: On the right side of the main road, between kilometers 4 and 5, there is a small beige shelter at the trailhead.
  • Description: This trail descends towards the Kinonge River on the same trail as #4, but when you reach the river you turn left and walk upstream. Near the mid-point is a short side trail that leads to a footbridge over the river used by the Canadian Ski Marathon in the winter. This is a nice spot to take a break.
  • Click here for map of hiking trails 4 and 5

 

Trail 8 – Deer Trail (easy)

  • Distance: 1.6km loop (1 mile)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Starting Point: On the left side of the main road, 100m (110 yards) past the Whitefish Lake picnic area, the trail starts just after the last building.
  • Description: This trail loops through a typical young forest of the Laurentian Mountains, the oldest rocks on the surface of earth! Spring flowers line the sides of this trail and in summer watch for signs of deer and their fawns. Fall unveils beautiful foliage colours which are vivid with the bright reds of sugar maple trees.
  • Click here for map of hiking trails 8 and 9

 

Trail 9 – Hemlock Trail (easy)

  • Distance: 3.0km loop (1.9 miles)
  • Duration: 1.45 hours for trail #9 only (or 2 hours if combined with trail #8)
  • Starting Point: On the right side of the main road, at kilometer 9.
  • Description: This is a great family hike! It weaves through many forest types, including a century old Hemlock forest, and then follows the Kinonge River. You will be taken aback by the beautiful aquatic plants as well as being given ample opportunity to view magnificent marsh wildlife including great blue herons, ducks, muskrats, otters, beavers and deer.
  • Click here for map of hiking trails 8 and 9

 

Trail 10 – Baldy (difficult)

  • Distance: 8.5km total (5.4 miles)
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Starting Point: On the main road, at kilometer 12, take a right turn onto Black Bay road which crosses the Kinonge River. 1 km past the turnoff for Makwa Chalet there will be a small wooden sign marker for trail #10 on your right.
  • Description: The trail veers away from the road as you start climbing Baldy Mountain. Hike up following the markers until you come to the first lookout point with breathtaking views of Papineau Lake and you can even catch a hint of Mont-Tremblant on the horizon. On the exposed rocky parts of the trail, where there aren’t many trees, we have used cairns (piles of rock) to mark the trail in combination with the yellow markers. At this point you can keep going for another 1.5 km towards the Baldy fire tower (the trail descends into a saddle before climbing back up to the tower). Climb to the top of the tower to experience Kenauk in all its glory. Come back down the same trail to the first lookout at which point you’ll have the choice of descending down the same trail you hiked up or taking an alternate route down. If you choose the alternate descent you’ll take the left trail at the lookout and zigzag your way down the mountain until you reach the road. To return to your car you’ll need to walk along the road.
  • Click here for map of hiking trail 10

 

The 100km Trail

  • Kenauk Nature is actively working on developing a 100km trail loop on the property. Sections of the trail will be ready for the summer of 2018, allowing self-reliant trekkers to discover the beauty of the property, with set campsites each on the shorelines of a beautiful lake. Hikers will be expected to be self-sufficient, and come with the ethics of “no trace left behind”.
  • Click here for a map of the 100km trail

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