P6 - Walking/Hiking Trail
The walking/hiking trail ( the Lauriault Trail ) begins and ends at the P6 parking lot. ( scroll down for photos )
The walking trail at P6 offers a good alternative for someone who would like to enjoy the Gatineau Park, but doesn't ski. It is also an interesting option for a couple, when one person would rather walk, while the other wants to ski (note that ski trails # 7 and # 15 also start from P6).
It is maintained as a real walking trail (not a snowshoeing trail). It loops back to P6. All together, it's about 3 kilometres long, and takes anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours to walk. It has quite a few hills (up and down), so it is not just a casual stroll. The first part of the trail follows a brook, and is very scenic. About half way through the loop, you'll come to a high point of the Gatineau Hills which overlooks the Ottawa Valley and Ottawa River for a great view.
About two-thirds of the way around the loop, assuming you are going around clockwise, you come to a more open area with picnic tables and an outhouse toilet. This is where the trail crosses the Champlain Parkway (which is used for cross-country skiing). Because there are a number of trails heading off in different directions at this point, it's possible to lose track of the walking trail. However, you should head across the Parkway into what is a parking lot for Lac Mulvhill during the summer, and then turn right. From here there are a number of signposts for the trail, and it should be possible to figure things out with a little looking around. At this point you'll be on the final stretch of the loop and heading back to P6. There is no fee for using the Lauriault walking trail.
(Photos from this trail - click on the images for larger pictures )
Photo(s) and web page, © Michael McGoldrick, 2006.
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