Round-trip: 7 km
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
There are so many great trails in the Norwesters, and it is such a beautiful area to snowshoe. This snowshoe hike takes you out on the ice of Crescent Lake and over a series of ponds and beaver dams to Mud Lake.
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. Follow this trail, called Crescent Lake Trail, for about 700m until you reach Crescent Lake.
Hike across the ice of the lake and follow the series of ponds all the way to Mud Lake. Turn back here, and return the way you came. As always — bring a map and compass. There are so many trails here it is really easy to get going the wrong way.