Kwasitchewan falls is Manitoba's highest waterfall, accessible only via a difficult 22km round trip back country hike.
Very rugged and primitive forest-trail; several steep grades, some walls to climb. Poorly maintained with lots of fallen trees in the path. Scenery at the falls is astounding and well worth the hike.
Kwasitchewan Falls is primarily accessible by the 22km round trip hiking trail from Pisew Falls Provincial Park. Alternately, it can be accessed by canoe, kayak, or small boat, with a 1.5km portage. Portaging a watercraft small enough to carry allows access to Phillips Lake. Detailed maps from Manitoba Conservation available here. The hike will take approximately 5-6 hours to the falls, and 4 hours back, at a reasonable pace. A topographical printout [dead link] is recommended as the trailhead has several branches; in addition since the trail follows the lake it is relatively easy to interpret the map.
None. Backcountry site is free, parking at Pisew falls is also free.
Amazing campsites right next to the waterfall, but it may be difficult to sleep. Campsites located upsream may be more quiet, but scenery is rather boring.
No food available. Make sure you bring adequate supplies.
6 primitive sites scattered above the falls; a further 6 scattered right by the falls.
Several wasp nests on trail. Bears and Lynx may be in area.