Crescent Lake Trail is a little-known hidden gem behind Mount Rose. This is a good hike any time of year and in the winter Crescent Lake can be good for skating. As always — bring a map and compass. There are so many trails here it is easy to get going the wrong way.
Roundtrip: 6 km
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
From the parking lot of the water treatment plant on Mission Road head back down the road you came in on, and turn left onto Mt McKay Lookout Drive, and hike up the hill toward the toll building. Just past the toll building take the trail to your left. There is no sign but I am told this is called The Old Sugar Maple Trail. Follow this trail for about 1 km keeping right, then at the fork look for a trail off to your left toward Mt Rose.
This trail is called the Crescent Lake trail. Crescent Lake Trail needs some work but it does follow along the south side of Crescent Lake and the ponds all the way to Mud Lake, where it connects up with some other trails.
Turn back the way you came when you reach an impassable beaver dam shortly past the end of the lake.
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Is there a trail up the the top of those rock cliffs on the right of Crescent Lake?
Thanks for your comment Karen! That frozen waterfall is known to ice climbers as “White Lightning” there is another frozen waterfall called “Ice Stud” on a foot trail to the left I think about 3-400m down that same fork.
Just hiked this one this afternoon, it was a beautiful walk! If you take the fork to the right you see a beautiful frozen waterfall off to your right, about 1 km up the trail. The main trails are well packed by snowmobiles, smaller foot trail off to the right take you to the base of the falls. What beautiful scenery!