With more than 400 km (250 miles) of trails, Riding Mountain offers a variety of walking and hiking opportunities for all abilities. You can choose a short walk on one of the self-guided trails, a longer day hike into Grey Owl's cabin or around Moon Lake, or take a multi-day trip into the backcountry.

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Wasagaming & Clear Lake

Name Distance
(km)
Level Hike Bike Horse Wagon Campground/Picnic sites Interpretive
Arrowhead 3.4 Easy Yes Yes No No - x
Brûlé 2.2-4.2 Easy Yes No No No - x
Clear Lake North Shore 9.5 Moderate Yes Yes Yes No 3 -
Clear Lake South Shore 7.1 Easy Yes Yes Yes No 1 -
Cowan Lake 3.3 Easy Yes No No No Cowan Lake  
Grey Owl 8.9 Moderate Yes Yes No No 1 -
Kinosao 3.9 Moderate Yes Yes No No - -
Lakeshore 5.0 Easy Yes Yes Part No 1 -
Ominnik Marsh 1.9 Easy Yes No No No - x
South Lake 3.4 Easy Yes Yes No No - -
Wasagaming 5.5 Moderate Yes Yes No No - -

Riding Mountain Parkway

Name Distance
(km)
Level Hike Bike Horse Wagon Campground/Picnic sites Interpretive
Ochre River 14.6 Moderate Yes Yes No No Elk Creek, Ochre River -
Bead Lakes                    4 Moderate Yes No No No - -
Boreal 1 Easy Yes No No No - x
Moon Lake 9.2 Moderate Yes Yes No No 1 -
Kippans Mill 1.2 Easy Yes No No No - x
Crawford Creek 5 Moderate Yes Yes No n/a - -
Beach Ridges 3.5 Easy Yes No No No - x

West Side and Lake Audy

Name Distance
(km)
Level Hike Bike Horse Wagon Campground/Picnic sites Interpretive
Baldy Lake 10 Moderate Yes Yes Yes Yes - -
Central 65 Moderate Yes Yes Yes Yes Whitewater, Gunn Creek -
Grasshopper Valley        17.2 Moderate Yes Yes Part No Minnedosa -
Gunn Lake 1.9 Difficult Yes Yes Yes Yes Gunn Lake -
Long Lake 13.8 Moderate Yes Yes Yes Yes Long Lake -
Strathclair 22 Easy Yes Yes Yes Yes Vermillion, Kinnis -
Sugarloaf 8 Moderate Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 -
Tilson Lake 35.6 Difficult Yes Part Yes No Tilson Lake, Birdtail -

East Side Escarpment

Name Distance
(km)
Level Hike Bike Horse Wagon Campground/Picnic sites Interpretive
Oak Ridge 3.0-6.4 Moderate Yes No No No - -
Burls and Bittersweet   2.2 Easy Yes No No No - x
Gorge Creek 6.4 Difficult Yes No No No 2 -
Bald Hill 9.5 Difficult Yes Yes Yes No - -
J.E.T. 7.8 Difficult Yes Yes Yes No - -
North Escarpment 8.3 Moderate Yes Yes Yes Yes East Deep Lake, Breezy Hill -
Reeve's Ravine 9 Moderate Yes Yes No No - -
Scott Creek 1.6 Easy Yes Yes Yes No Scott Creek -

Trails

Wasagaming & Clear Lake

Arrowhead

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 3.4 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 7 km (10 minutes)

With the use of the Arrowhead Trail booklet, available at the Visitor Centre, guide yourself along this rolling terrain. Learn about the flora and the fauna that has adapted to this land once influenced by glaciers

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Brûlé

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: Short loop 2.1 km, Long loop - 4.2 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 7 km (10 minutes)

Have you ever wondered what the Lilium philadelphicum was? Well, it is the Wood Lily of course! To learn about and view a variety of wildflowers hike the Brûlé Trail. With the help of the guide booklet, available at the Visitor Centre, you will surely enjoy this outing.

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Cowan Lake

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 3.3 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 15 km (10-15 minutes)

The Cowan Lake Trail is an excellent route for anyone contemplating their first overnight hike Nestled between Whirlpool Campsite and Grey Owl Trail, it offers quick and convenient alternatives for both day and overnight uses.

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Grey Owl

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 8.9 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 7 km (10 minutes)

Take a day out of your visit to Riding Mountain National Park to explore the wilderness that Archie Belaney (commonly known as Grey Owl) experienced during his six-month stay at Beaver Lodge Lake. The cabin at the end of the trail is named for the first naturalist hired by the national parks. Although Grey Owl only resided here for 6 months in the summer of 1931, his stay and this cabin represents one of the earliest efforts to practice conservation in Canada's national parks. As "caretaker of park animals," Grey Owl focused Canada's, and the world's, attention on the plight of wild animals and wild spaces. His job also included the education of park visitors. Today, you can still enjoy the spirit of Grey Owl's educational talks by attending one of the park interpretive programs. The Trail length is 17 km return, and makes for a great day hike (and a slightly rough mountain bicycle trip). Inside the cabin there is a display on Grey Owl's life while he stayed in the park.

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Kinosao

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 3.9 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 7 km (10 minutes)

Similar in terrain to the Grey Owl and Brûlé Trails, Kinosao guides you along a gentle rolling path to the shore of Kinosao Lake. While resting at the dock, hikers can dangle their feet in the water, enjoy a snack or just relax before hiking the remainder of the trail.

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Lakeshore

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 5 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 5 minute walk from the Visitor Centre

While enjoying your after dinner ice cream, treat your family to a sunset walk along this accessible trail. Here you can feel a cool, summer breeze while watching the twilight colours dance off the waves.

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Ominnik Marsh

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 1 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 5 minute walk from the Visitor Centre.

Ominnik Marsh provides excellent opportunities to experience one of the park's busiest environments. Rent a Marsh Kit from the Visitor Centre before walking the boardwalk at Ominnik Marsh.

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Wasagaming

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 5.5 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 5 minutes from the Visitor Centre

Are you looking for a leisurely bike trail that is close to Wasagaming? Then this is the trail for you! It is ideal for all ages and provides an excellent experience for the beginning trail rider.

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Riding Mountain Parkway

Ochre River

Trail difficulty: Difficult
Trail length: 14.6 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 23 km (20 minutes)

Plan your first trip well and you will be tempted to come back year after year to trek this rugged and exhilarating trail. There isn't another experience in Riding Mountain National Park that equals a trip on Ochre River Trail.

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Bead Lakes

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 4 km loop
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 25 km (15 minutes)

Bead Lakes, an enjoyable day hike for the family, is named for the chain of small lakes found at its mid-point. While on this trail, you will pass through a mature white birch forest, and an understory of hazel, young aspen and white spruce.

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Boreal

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 1 km loop
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 34 km (20-25 minutes)

Cool, humid, pungent, and alive! This is what you will sense as you hike along the Boreal Trail. A great outing for the whole family and accessible for all! Remember to watch for moose along the way.

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Moon Lake

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 9.2 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 35 km (20-25 minutes)

Easily accessible from Moon Lake campground and picnic site, Moon Lake Trail gradually becomes easier as it encircles the north Eastern Shore of the lake. Interested in bird watching? Watch for osprey and bald eagles, or their nests along the trail. This trail is "difficult," due to its length and low lying wet spots.

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Kippan's Mill

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 1.2 km loop
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 40 km (40 minutes)

Step into the past as you hike this short trail that explores the remnants of the park's logging history. Don't expect to see any lumberjacks today, but you may spot some old foundations and paraphenalia from this logging camp of the 1940s.

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Crawford Creek

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 5 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 51 km (45 minutes)

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Beach Ridges

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 3.5 km loop
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 48 km (45 minutes)

Are you interested in some natural history? Then take a hike along this interpretive trail to learn how glacial Lake Agassiz formed these beach ridges thousands of years ago. While on the north side of the park stop at the red chairs along Highway 10 to get a view of the farmland below.

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West Side and Lake Audy

Baldy Lake

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 10 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 86 km (1-1.5 hours)

Looking for an alternative to Central Trail? Whether you hike, cycle or horseback ride, travel is made easy along this route. Wildlife sightings are not only common throughout the prairie-pothole terrain, but an enjoyable experience as well.

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Central

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 65 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 43 km (1 hour)

Central is the longest trail in Riding Mountain National Park. No longer used as a patrol road, it is the main entryway into the western half of the park, providing access to seven other trails.

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Grasshopper Valley

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 17.2 km loop
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 41 km (1 hour)

Unique as it is rare, this remnant grassland area is representative of the prairie that once extended across most of Western Canada. Skirting the edge of the bison enclosure, this trail evokes an appreciation of the remaining prairie habitat!

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Long Lake

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 13.8 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 50 km (1-1.5 hours)

One can take a break from Central Trail and head south to Long Lake. Here you will find a tranquil, picturesque campsite where you can swim, relax or fish for northern pike.

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Strathclair

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 22 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 43 km (1 hour)

Used for centuries by the natives and early settlers of the area, the Strathclair Trail has often provided north-south passage through this highland region. Its mixture of forest and meadows provide a great opportunity for wildlife viewing, especially elk and white-tailed deer.

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Sugarloaf

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 8 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 123 km (1.5-2 hours)

At the southern tip of this pleasant trail you will reach the Birdtail River Valley and connect to Central Trail. Keep your eyes open for the usual signs of wildlife: tracks, scats and the live one!

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Tilson

Trail difficulty: Difficult
Trail length: 35.6 km loop
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 106 km (1.5 hours)

Take advantage of the diverse photographic and wildlife viewing opportunities along this trail. Tilson Campsite, situated high above the surrounding aspen parkland offers a splendid view of the lake below. Don't forget to bring your binoculars and camera! A word of advice to potential bikers, "Tilson is hell for wheels", quoted from park Warden Steve Malcolm.

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East Side Escarpment

Oak Ridge

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: Short loop - 3 km, Long loop - 6.4 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 60 km (1 hour)

If you want to take "the road less traveled," this is the trail for you. See the sights that few have seen: the Manitoba Escarpment, Scott Creek Gorge and a forest of oak and hazel.

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Burls and Bittersweet

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 2.2 km loop
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 34 km (45 minutes)

This easy self-guiding trail leads you into the diverse, eastern hardwood forest on the base of the Manitoba Escarpment.

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Gorge Creek

Trail difficulty: Difficult
Trail length: 6.4 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 27 km (40 minutes)

Hiking the steep slopes of Gorge Creek trail, one can observe the effects of thousands of years of erosion - a gorge cut out of the bedrock that forms part of the Manitoba Escarpment. A sequence of vegetation types begins with aspen/hazel forests followed by oak/nanny berry scrubland and concludes with Manitoba maple, American elm, green ash, and white birch.

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Bald Hill

Trail difficulty: Difficult
Trail length: 9.5 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 24 km (40 minutes)

While on your journey look for Bald Hill, a curious natural feature (250 feet above Bald Hill Creek) that can easily be seen from the trail. When planning your trip, keep in mind there are several steep sections along the trail that create a good challenge for those who attempt to ascend its slopes.

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J.E.T.

Trail difficulty: Difficult
Trail length: 7.8 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 24 km (40 minutes)

Named after James E. Thomlinson, the J.E.T. Trail offers an exhilarating ride for mountain bike enthusiasts . The reward along this trail is the great view from the ridge, allowing one to scan the horizon for miles. For alternative sights follow the two spur trails (2.4 km along the descent) to see Packhorse Creek or the shaled slopes of Bald Hill.

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North Escarpment

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 8.3 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 24 km (40 minutes)

Explore the North Escarpment Trail with its eastern hardwood forests and scenic highlands. This trail provides access to three trails that descend the escarpment: Bald Hill, J.E.T., and Packhorse. A circular route can be travelled beginning at any one of these trailheads, thus creating several unique trail loops.

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Reeve's Ravine

Trail difficulty: Moderate
Trail length: 9.5 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 34 km (40 minutes)

Be one of the first to explore Riding Mountain National Park’s newest trail: Reeve’s Ravine. Reeve’s Ravine was developed in partnership with the Manitoba Escarpment Trail Society and is ideal for mountain bikers seeking a new adventure. This unique escarpment experience along the ravine’s edge boasts some of the most spectacular views in the park.

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Scott Creek

Trail difficulty: Easy
Trail length: 1.6 km
Driving distance to trailhead from Wasagaming: 60 km (1 hour)

Easily accessible from Agassiz Ski Hill Road, this trail is a great hike for first time backcountry campers. It offers you a brief and exciting introduction to the escarpment and the eastern section of the park.

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