The terrain is pretty rugged as the winding trail follows alongside the shore of West Hawk Lake, passing through forested areas (some overgrown areas with a narrow path through the bush), involving steep climbs and descents on rock walls and has lots of roots and rocks on the path. The rocks are slippery in some areas so watch where you’re stepping. There are amazing scenic views of the lake along the way with some great swimming spots to take a refreshing dip. Close to the beginning of the trail, there is a really cool cave in a vertical rock wall with trees growing through the rocks that makes for great photos. The trail is mostly shaded but there were some areas in full sun.
The trail ends at a quiet cove on West Hawk Lake with flat rocks for sitting and a shelter and fire pit at the 6 km mark. It is an awesome place for swimming, relaxing and enjoying lunch. The atmosphere is so peaceful! There are beautiful panoramic views of the stunning natural beauty.
The trail is well marked and maintained for the most part. There are some downed trees across the path. It is fairly easy to see where the path is leading though on the way to the end point. There are blue arrows posted on trees and colourful flagging tape to guide the way. On the way back, there are some areas where it can become confusing to know which way the trail led, as there are multiple well worn paths. If you find out you have taken the wrong path, just backtrack and find a sign or try another way. A good tip: when in doubt, climb up! There could be better signage on the way back as most of the signs are facing the opposite direction.
Consider wearing hiking boots with ankle support, not runners and definitely not flip flops. It’s very easy to misstep and lose your footing on the rocks. Bring a swimsuit and quick dry towel for swimming at the various spots along the way and at the end of the trail. Make sure to bring sufficient water and food – at least 2 litres of water is recommended. The length of time will depend on your fitness level and how long you want to stop for breaks, but 3-6 hours is a good estimated range.