This is one of the amazing lookouts along the J.E.T. Trail. This is the north lookout trail lookout. There is a second lookout trail which is located on a trail just opposite of this one. You will know you are at the intersection when you get to an old quarry looking area. Make sure to stop and view these two lookouts... well worth it as the picture indicates. Take a look at google Earth as the resolution in this area actually lets you see the quarry and the lookout trails. Again the marker is located at the end of the north lookout trail. The JET trail is accessible via the North Escarpment Trail (TOP) or the Packhorse pickup (BOTTOM)on the east border of the park. If you do visit these look outs please do not bike down them as the shale is very fragile. Just enjoy the view from the top as we did.
That lookout off the JET trail is called Mount Dunning. The shale is not a quarry but a natural fracture surface that erodes continuiously.
I may not have been clear. The J.E.T. Trail (Named after James E. Thomlinson) offers an exhilarating ride for mountain bike enthusiasts . The reward along the trail are the great views from the ridge when there is no foliage, allowing one to scan the horizon for miles. To experience this area, go to the two must see sights by following the two spur trails to see Packhorse Creek or the shaled slopes of Bald Hill.
Please see this detailed Map of the J.E.T. Trail area... The actual old Quarry is not at the photo location but at the junction of the J.E.T Trail and the two Spur trails which leads to the lookouts. My description might not have been as clear. Hopefully this map will clear up things.
Where did you get the reference of Mount Dunning? Just wondering... I can't find it any wheres.. but will keep looking.
Richard and Mike! Typical tourist photo but that was the point. Watch out for the over the handlebar downhill section right after the lookout. Richard could tell you more about that.
My dad is James Eugene Thomlinson. I spent many days growing up on the trails. My dad was equivalent to the project foreman during its initial start as a PFRA drainage, fluvial till, and vegetation study. The project was turned over to the Provincial Water Resources in the early 70's and dad stayed with the project. The Wilsons (Wilson Creek) and the Dunnings were some of the earliest settlers to the area. I spent many days on the trails with my dad in the earlier days and with my brothers and cousins in our teen years.
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Photo taken in Riding Mountain National Park of Canada, Riding Mountain National Park of Canada, Wasagaming, MB R0J 2H0, Canada
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