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Hawes Snowshoe Route

Extremely Difficult


5.1 mile 8.2 kilometer point to point
Extremely Difficult


Ascent: 540' 165 m
Descent: -54' -16 m
High: 1,004' 306 m
Low: 515' 157 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)


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Trail shared by Betty Anne Fequet

A challenging backcountry snowshoe route from McLean Lake to Colin's Hut requiring good navigation skills.

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Check with Birch Brook about winter ice conditions before attempting this route and receive permission before using the huts. The canoes on site are no longer reliable enough for transportation over the lakes for a summer trek. This trail is for winter use only when snow covered.

Need to Know

A fully serviced chalet is open during ski season and trail passes are required for use of winter trails.


Some of Birch Brook's senior skiers (author included) will remember skiing to the end of McLean Lake, traversing overland to the next series of lakes, and then traversing overland again back to McLean Lake. When Colin's Hut was being constructed, part of that was the route to the work site via snowmobile each day until a rudimentary trail was cut from Colin's Hut to the shore of McLean Lake. It was afterwards improved to become Colin's Heritage Trail.

Dave Hawes (aka "Labrador Wild Man") provided tracks for this snowshoe route. Leaving McLean Lake cabin and trekking across the ice, be sure to take the portage path between the two lake sections. At the end of McLean Lake, the trail may be hard to pick up as it is just snowmobile width and marked with flagging tape. The trail is not maintained and may be obscured by branches in places (users are welcome to help with improvements). With deep snow, it is quite a slog! There is some reprieve at Tilt Pond where a very good snowmobile trail merges into a double-width trail up to Colin's Hut.

Flora & Fauna

As this is a winter only trail, there will be a lot of animal tracks, but sightings of animals are rare.

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From Colin's Hut you can see Tilt Pond Trail below
Mar 4, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Colin's Hut
Mar 4, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
The trail to Tilt Pond beyond Colin's hut is a standard width back country ski trail.
Mar 8, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Early morning start back down Colin's Heritage Trail after a night at Colin's Hut.
Mar 4, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
Beyond Colin's Hut, Tilt Pond Trail is a good summer hike.
Mar 4, 2019 near Happy V…, NL
View from Colin's Hut looking towards Grand Lake Road in the distance.
Mar 4, 2019 near Happy V…, NL


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