This trail follows the Epinette Creek in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. A series of connected loop trails that take the traveller up and down across rolling aspen parkland and into the creek bed. This formation was once a large delta of the Assiniboine River after the last ice age and is characterized by sand dunes unique to the region. Four emergency use cabins with wood stove make excellent day use sites and are placed at intervals of 2km (cabin 2) 6 kilometers (cabin 3) and 20km (cabin 4) which ends at Jackfish Lake, an oxbow lake just north of the Assiniboine River. Of these cabin 3 offers fine views of the epinette creek and makes a great day trip destination all year long. Cross country trails are well groomed throughout the season. Crocuses in spring are abundant along with other wildflowers throughout the spring and summer. Water available from creek year round and at cabins in summer (must be treated). Trailhead at N 49° 43.764 W 099° 17.472
42 km east of Brandon, Park entrance is 19 km south of Trans-Canada on Highway 5 past town of Carberry. Epinette Creek trail system entrance is well marked from the road. Telephone and trail info at trailhead.
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Posted By: cpratt
- Wed Jun 30 13:34:22 UTC 2010
UpsideThis was my wife's and I first long trip. Our ultimate goal was to treat it as a training run for future goals. We really liked the safety features as the water, cabins, wood etc. There were lots of beautiful flowers. The creek and some of the views were spectacular. DownsideThe skeeters were insane.
Posted By: rexvirtue
- Thu Aug 24 02:54:43 UTC 2006
Upsideeasy for beginners. lots of stopping options with 4 different cabins along the way. varying scenery too, from medow to desert to bush/forest and creek "valley" Downsidenot really challenging and it can be busy at peak times. Commentthis is a great trail to do casually and overpacked with a group of friends. bring water or a filter. some of the cabins only have benches to sleep on, and thats not so comfy.
Posted By: M-unit
- Fri Feb 24 21:14:39 UTC 2006
UpsideFairly easy, but for southern Manitoba it offers some challenges and its gotta be some of the only wilderness in the area too. Good opportunities to see unique flora and fauna...and coyotes. DownsideI guarantee you will get a blister at some point! It's long, parts of it are flat, hot (even in May or in the fall), and sandy! CommentI make it my spring tradition to do this trail and I love it. Last time I was there was May '05 and I slept under the stars (stargazers will love this trail) and you could hear the coyotes howling and the aurora borealis were out, just amazing! A little frosty too! A beautiful trail, I recommend it!