Rock Dunder is a wilderness area (230 acres) with carry in, carry out policies. The 3 trails include the Cabin Trail, the Morton Bay Loop, and the Summit Loop.
The Cabin Trail is an easy 1.3 km walk past a beaver pond, through mixed forest and a white pine plantation.
The Morton Bay Loop is comprised of two moderately steep sections to and from a small peninsular outlook over Morton Bay. The hike is 2km through mixed forest.
The Summit Loop is a 3.9km climb which runs alongside Dean's Island through a variety of forest, offering sneak peaks over rocky cliffs and is quite steep. The summit offers a panoramic view of the Rideau Waterway.
The area is closed from November 15th to May 15th every year. It is open dawn to dusk only, May 15 to Nov 15. New commencing May 15, 2017, either a season pass or a day pass is required. At the time of this update, pricing and sales details on the pass had not yet been finalized. Consult the Rideau Waterway Land Trust website for details -- they will be posted there once available.
Rock Dunder is approximately 50km north of Kingston on hwy 15, just before the village of Morton ( if you pass Morton sign you've gone too far). Look for Stanley Lash Lane west off Hwy 15, immediately south of Morton, follow this road to parking lot
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Posted By: RWLT Volunteer
- Sat Apr 15 01:44:18 UTC 2017
UpsideFantastic hike, but I am biased. I am a volunteer with the Rideau Waterway Land Trust -- we own and operate the property. Please note that the area is closed Nov 15 to May 15 EVERY YEAR. As well, commencing 2017, users will require a pass -either a day pass or an annual pass. DownsideAs of the posting of this note (April 14, 2017), the details of the pass (how much, how to purchase) have not been determined. Consult www.rwlt.org closer to May 15 for details.
Posted By: Andyf
- Sun May 08 13:48:03 UTC 2016
UpsideVaried landscape from wetland, coniferous forest, deciduous forest, to rock barrens. Excellent for wildflower when seasonal. DownsideSmall parking area that can get congested. CommentHiked the trail to the lookout in early May (2016) to photograph spring wildflowers. Easy to what some call moderate hiking. Trails are well marked and present few challenges for experienced hikers. Enjoyable.