Shady Lake Trail – Prince Albert National Park

A cool weekend in September my wife and headed out to hike the amazing Shady Lake Trail in Prince Albert National Park. It’s a 1.7 km loop with the option of doing a detour to the height of land tower. The trail doesn’t take long but expect some steep areas as well as stairs. If you have problems with a lot of stairs I would avoid this trail and maybe do the Boundary Bog or Mud Creek trails.

Sign for Shady Lake Trail

Trailhead Sign for Shady Lake Trail

The trail starts out with a steep staircase down. It’s a pretty easy jaunt downwards, however be cautious if it’s wet. It tends to get slippery. Also a word of caution, you will be coming back up once you go down.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

The trail is a mixture of deciduous and coniferous forest. The fall is amazing as it’s a drastic contrast in colours that make the forest pop.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

This is the payoff. Shady Lake is a glorious view. You can also access this via canoe on the Amiskowan canoe route.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

I feel obligated to put rock in. This is the rock that I proposed to my wife on.  I have named it Fred. She does not know this.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

The lake is usually pretty clear and you can see the bottom quite easily. Look out for minnows!

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Wildflowers litter the edges of the path. You can find yarrow, wild rose and others along the way!

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Another hazard you half to be careful for. The roots make steps up some of the little hills, however they are also extremely easy to trip on. It would be a hard climb back up to the parking lot if you sprain your ankle.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

The beginning of the approach back up the hill to the parking lot. This is a lot more gradual of an increase then the route down. I’d suggest if you have issues with steep hills you go down the west portion and back up the same way. It may take longer but it’s a more gentle of a climb.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

This trail is moderately difficult with steep slopes. I believe the view of Shady Lake is definitely worth it and would recommend it to anyone!

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