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An amazing workout! Beautiful trail in the winter. I can only imagine what it would be like with bugs and lots more foliage, because the trail was sparsely marked and I lost it once. However, the views at the tops of the little peaks and the frozen lakes were absolutely gorgeous.

1 month ago

Best place on earth

Well marked, great camping spots and the landscape changes drastically throughout the trail so it never gets boring. I did it with 1 overnight stay. There was a good camping spot on the farthest loop where the portage trail crosses the actual trail at upper five bridges lake, it’s fairly flat with smooth small gravel and beautiful lake view. At a fast pace it took me 8 hours total hiking but I stopped for breaks which aren’t included

3 months ago

Second year completed in a row, did the trail in June both years I did it in two days next year will be doing it in three days

on Sentier de Clare Trail

road biking
3 months ago

Used steel bike with 1 1/4 width tire several areas of loose gravel but nice secluded ride. Trail could use. A little more maintenance. Trail was dry. If wet definitely mnt bike

I went after a big rain so it was a little soupy close to the lakes but someone had put down logs to walk across in most parts and even made a makeshift bridge out of fallen branches. I recommend going for sure, more of a moderate to easy hike and the trail is well walked on and easy to follow

Pretty awesome east coast hike. A group of us did it in 2 night and 3 days. We stayed at refugee cove the first night, and Carey Brook Cabin the second night. The cabins are very nice compared to a campsite, but comes at a cost (Id recommend them if you are struggling to do distance, or if its cold). There are plenty of rivers to get fresh water from so just bring a water filter. The last part of the trail on the north side past eatonville road is rather dull as it is a walk in a forest with moderate elevation gain. In our group of 4, on the last day I left from Carey Brook Cabin and hiked back to the car at the HQ (20.7KM), while the other 3 waited for me on Eatonville road for a ride. Eatonville road is a gravel road, would recommend a SUV, Jeep, or a truck to drive back there our 2010 corolla did fine though.

Most of the trail is inside the forest, but some times popes out to rock beaches, and once to an open field area. There are some cliff jumping spots near the middle of the trail (10', 40' and probably ~60') jumps, but you have to time the tide just right so you dont get sucked out into the bay. During late August the mosquitos were fairly bad. There were plenty of people on the trail, and there is no sense of danger. Just follow Leave No Trace procedures and you should be fine.

4 months ago

Super pretty and fun hike! Did it in 2 days, 3 nights (Seal Cove and Refugee Cove). Hike to refugee cove was beautiful and challenging. Between the two camp sites was a lot more flat than day 1, a long but steady hike. Seal cove to the trailhead is a bit boring, you follow along an old road. Found out later if you ask, there is a shuttle you can pay for and skip the less scenic part of the hike.

4 months ago

Beautiful, I would definately do it again. The horses at the end of it make it all worthwhile. If you are choosing to share food with them, be prepared to be surrounded by them all lol.... we went in and out in one day, 3 hours in and about 2.5 back....

4 months ago

Overall it was an amazing hike. We did the loop backwards. Extremely rewarding. Amazing views. Loads of looks offs.

After reading reviews and talking to folks we expected the hike to be far more challenging.
We would recommend this trail as a pre cursor to the Fundy foot path (friends we did the loop with us and said the footpath is far more challenging)

Amazing trail with great views. It is a challenging hike but well worth the time and effort. Will be back to hike this again in the near future.

Great biking experience week days when not overall crowded.

A pristine and well-marked trail. The work volunteers put into this route really shines through! Easy to navigate, with the exception that I accidentally crossed the loop the first loop intersection both times, adding a couple kms.

Went on a day with lots of rain and there was surprisingly little mud.

Took ~5.5hrs to power through at a fast and furious pace, but would absolutely recommend taking a full day to enjoy the views and swim.

Amazing trail!! We had great weather with no rain but high humidity. Stayed at Refugees Cove and Seal Cove both had swimming beaches which was great as it was mid-July when we were on the trail. Highly recommend!

5 months ago

Beautiful trail beautiful scenery! Rated as hard and it is but well worth it. Did the trail in 3 days but would probably opt in doing it in 4 next time to enjoy it more. Refugee cove and Seal cove campsites were perfect! Would recommend for sure!

Being a runner, I do this the first loop 1-2 times a year. A challenging course which pushes the limits of my abilities. When you do get to one of the look-offs, the views are breath-taking. Plan at least 3-4 hours if you plan to walk the first loop.

Only did first loop. with Megan, Holly and BobbySue

Just hiked this for the first time with some friends who do it annually, we did the loop in 1 day ... which was not easy ... and didn’t really give the opportunity to see the beauty at each lookout ... would recommend taking two days

Very technical, but no markings!

Visited from Sweden and decided to try it out. Beautiful trail (surprisingly familiar type of environment for a Swede) which is well marked and quite technical. Rocks, roots, some pretty steep inclines and overgrown sections. A little muddy in a few places but no problem to keep your feet dry this day. I do a fair bit of trail running and really liked the technical terrain which for sure can be challenging if you are not used to "climbing" inclines. Did not see a living soul during my hike, apart from a few bugs when I stopped for view, water or snacks. Completed it in 4 hours in a fairly quick and steady pace with a few shorter stops. Loved the lakes and the parts where the forest had a "troll"-ish feel to it. Was tempted to go for a swim in the lakes but decided against getting wet this time. :-)

Lots of bugs at this time of year but the wind held them off. Lots of rocks, roots, and hills on this trail so wear good shoes and prepare for some vigorous hiking. Beautiful trail that’s great to do solo or with company. Good look off and resting spots for a water/snack break, cooking, camping, or simply just resting.

The best trail I’ve been on. It’s a hard days hike to finish this in one day. I hike this trail 2-3 times a year in winter as well as the summer. I often camp one night at the half way point.

Great trail if you do a shorter loop for dogs and day hikes as well.

Absolutely the most beautiful place in Nova Scotia ❤️❤️

Some newly felled trees across trail on West side of Ash Lake, otherwise in great shape this spring.

Great for easy access, ease of use, maintenance, and scenery.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Simply Beautiful.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Nice in the fall. Ash Lake is quiet and lovely. It's really good to record and compare with the map as the trails can be a little faint at times. There are tapes and paint at tricky spots though plus some signs. I didn't go the Hobson's Lake route but picked a different way in and back.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

great views. plenty of long climbs but space between them to gather your steam back.
Can be done in 3 days, 4 at a more moderate pace.

great for a day hike

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