Lusk Lake Gatineau Park
May 6th, 2015
Another perfect spring day and we headed to Lusk Lake the third of the “Lusk” named trails of Gatineau Park. (See the Lusk Caves, and Lusk Falls Trail Posts!).
The Gatineau Park did not open officially until May 8th at noon so we started the walk from outside the gates. This added an additional 4km or so to the walk and so the total for the day was about 12km.
The first part of the trail is through a deciduous forest, an easy walk and the trail is nice and wide. I would call this the “muddy” walk. The ground in the woods was damp and bright green with moss. In many areas the spring snow-melt had created little streams. There were no leaves on the trees yet so this allowed for these lovely long views through the tree trunks.
There is a shelter on the shore at one end of Lusk Lake. It has a really traditional “camping” feel with pine paneled walls, a wood stove and two sets of bunkies.
It also sits right on the shore of Lusk Lake and so sitting on the porch outside you have a great view across the lake. It feels like you are really in the “north” country with blueberry bushes, jack pines and beaver dams on the far shore.
We had lunch sitting on one of those rock outcroppings ont hs lakeshore while enjoying the sound of the water lapping against the rocks.
The trail continues on pretty well just above the shore line. It started to get quite muddy and slippery. A number of times we had to head up above the trail because it was just too wet. But the trail is well-marked and we always kept the trail markers in sight. Walking poles would have come in handy but since we did not have them with us we picked up a long stick to use for balance to get around the boggiest parts. In Triestine – this would be called a “kouz” or phoenitically “coats”!
The last part of the trail is actually used for snowshoeing in the winter and it winds its way along side a small stream. We came across an area with a lot of tree stumps in the water. Some time ago beavers must have dammed up the stream which flooded the area.
The trail took us back to Lac Phillipe where we stopped to watch a pair of Canada Geese feeding along the shore. A great ending to the walk!