Manitou Mountain is a 9 km, medium level of difficulty hiking/snowshoeing trail passing through picturesque pine forests and spectacular wilderness scenery. Along this shoulder width trail you will encounter 3 spectacular mountain top vistas. Following ancient glacial spillways this trail begins at the Barrett Chute Trailhead with a 4 km ascent to the pristine vista lookouts at Red Arrow Rock and Manitou Mountain. The trail then continues westward 3.5 km to the peaceful Eagle’s Nest Lookout and another 1.5 km out to the Calabogie Road Trailhead. This diverse trail also links to the enchanting Lost Valley Trail and the Juniper Ridge Lookout behind Calabogie Peaks and to the scenic Skywalk Trail atop Dickson Mountain.
How to get there
Trailheads are located at the eastern and western ends of the Manitou Mountain corridor. The eastern trailhead is found on Barrett Chute Rd., 1.6 km east of Calabogie Peaks Resort. The western trailhead is found on Calabogie Rd/#508 only 2.7 km west of Calabogie Peaks Resort.
In order to avoid having to retrace your steps back to the car park, consider a car shuttle. Leave a car at the Barrett Chute Trailhead and drive to the Calabogie Rd. Trailhead to begin your hike. After completing the hike drive the 2nd car back to the Calabogie Rd. Trailhead to pick up the other car.
Eagles Nest Lookout
An easy 1.5 km hike along an old logging road that climbs gradually uphill, through the woods, leading to a spectacular lookout at the top of a 120 metre cliff. For those of you with a GPS, there is a geocache in the immediate area. Difficulty is rated 1 of 5 (easy); the terrain is rated 2 of 5. Find it at: N 45 ° 16.231 W 076° 48.673 UTM 18T E 357921 N 5014597
How to get there
Take Hwy. 508 west about 2.2 km past Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort where you will parking on your right on the side of the road (watch for trial head).
Across the road, on your left, you will note the Eagle’s Nest trail sign marking the entrance to the trail. Follow the trail for about 20 minutes. Note the eagle’s head, painted signs in the trees above you on the right. As you pass a pond on your left, look for a large, colourful and informative sign, just off to your right. Follow the short trail up the hill to the right to the cliff site and enjoy the view.
Walk to the top of Dickson Mountain where you will experience the highest hiking adventure in the Ottawa Valley with spectacular panoramic views of Calabogie Lake, the Lost Valley and the Madawaska wilderness.
Madawaska Nordic Trails
Cross country ski trails in winter, hiking and mountain bike trails in summer; Madawaska Nordic offers 18 km. of easy hiking trails. These trails, at one time old logging roads, wind their way through a picturesque forest landscape with lots of gentle ups and downs to keep the outing visually interesting and lots of fun.
How to get there
The Madawaska Nordic Trails are located west of Calabogie near Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort. Take a right onto Calabogie Road from Calabogie Peaks Resort. Turn left (2 minutes down the raod) on Viewmount Drive and take the second right onto Crestview where you will find parking at the trailhead.
From the trailhead, all hikers begin their outing on the Red Pine trail that takes them 1 km slowly uphill to where it intersects with the local ATV trail. At the Crossroads, hikers then have the choice of continuing on Red Pine (and taking any of the other trails that branch off Red Pine) or Snow Bunting. Combinations of the well-marked trails can be used to create hikes of different lengths.
Find out more about the Madawaska Nordic Trails here: www.madawaskanordic.org