Pont de pierre (La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau): Trail Report

Pont de pierre (La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau): Trail Report

A beautiful hike with a natural stone bridge, waterfalls, picnic area, and lake views.

Suggested Stops

Important Insights

Watch your step walking over the wooden bridge at the trail head, it is deceivingly slippery when damp/wet.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to victoria@girlgonegood.com.

Land Management

Pont de pierre trail is managed by the PERO Outaouais. PERO Outaouais expertly manages 11 trails in the Outaouais region.

GPS Coordinates

46.32310303571482, -75.78917133482287

Street Address

Chemin de la Baie Noire, Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau, QC J0X 2X0


1.5hrs from Ottawa. Includes dirt roads.


Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception



Outhouses located at the parking lot.



Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from PERO Outaouais.


Located across the road from the parking lot.

Number of Trails


Total Distance (km)


Elevation Gain (m)


Cell Reception



Woodlands, Picnic Area




Permitted on-leash.

Trail Description

The parking for this trail is off of chemin de la baie noire opposite from the trailhead. Both the parking and trailhead are clearly marked thanks to our friends at Pero Outaouais. There are outhouses onsite at the parking. There are actually 4 trail variations to pick from. This trail system sits at the top of ‘lac des trent et un milles’ (31mile lake) and gives view points over ‘lac pont de pierre’ as well. The paths are very well marked wide dirt trails with wooden steps in key areas. There are large trail map boards at intersections for reference. The lookout is clearly marked just a few hundred metres into the hike. With a view of lac du pont de pierre it’s a cute spot to stop even though it’s not the highlight of the hike. Be careful of the step incline and slippery moss at this lookout, otherwise you’ll be going for an unintentional swim best case scenario. Tip: Did you know that the word ‘belvédère’ means lookout point in French? Keep an eye out for this word while looking at trail maps in French regions. ‘Pont de pierre’ literally means ‘rock bridge‘ and it’s an interesting natural wonder to explore on this trail. Pictures don’t seem to do it justice but the water flows between lac du pont de pierre and lac petit ronde under a series of natural bridges covered in think bright moss. There’s a picnic area onsite. The waterfalls is located between the rock bridge and lac petit ronde, with a wooden staircase leading down for the best views. Of course there’s also the lake itself and docks…aka the site of death for my old iphone. There are multiple docks and a beautiful view.

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