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hiking
5 days ago

Trail was pretty wet from all the rain but was an amazing hike great views from the top!

Trail entrance is marked with numerous 'private property', 'no trespassing' signs. I didn't bother with the hike as I didn't want to piss a landowner off.

Nov 12, 2018

Be sure to keep an eye out for the green signposts that mark the turn! Very fun hiking in and beautiful falls. A little less rewarding climb out but manageable! Will definitely make a return trip.

Well marked, beautiful trail. Definitely hunters around in November, wear bright colours. Number of large trees down on trail that I had to navigate around, (over and under lol) because of high winds recently. Thankfully the trail markings where very clear to get me back on track. Thank you so much!

hiking
28 days ago

Easy trail, steep in places but nothing you can’t do in regular running shoes. Gorgeous view at the top- go down to the second look out around the corner from the first- well worth it!

Did this in the pouring rain. The steep uphill ascent felt like hell in the rain, but the payoff was worth.

hiking
1 month ago

Best view of the trees in all of the Cabot trail in my opinion :) we go every time!!

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views! About 4km exclusively uphill at the start with varying terrain (gravel, tree roots, rocks, stairs). Beautiful fall colors, streams and views along the way. Can be fairly wet along some parts but I didn't have an issue with sneakers. The various lookout points are astounding, particularly the very top. Absolutely breathtaking and also moderately difficult in terms of physical activity. Had about 105 "flights of stairs" on my Garmin watch and a heart rate up to 190. Took about 2 hours. Highly recommend!

Enjoyable hike with amazing views. Saw a cow moose too. It is a must do if you are on Cape Breton Island

hiking
1 month ago

Super short hike, and quite gorgeous. Signage was clear and ropes were handy. It was a bit busy, and some folks had left garbage behind :(

Slippery descent and an invigorating climb back!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked here on a gorgeous September morning. Top tip - even in September, arrive early. Just after 8 we had the boardwalk to ourselves to watch the porpoises and pilot whales have breakfast. Bring your binoculars!

2 months ago

We went from the Jack Pine parking lot south end and got great rock views pretty much right away, including a neat cove with whirlpool like waves. Later you join up with the Coastal Trail which is wonderfully varied- long rock coast which is fun to scramble over (mostly easy but can stay on the trail); popping out of woods for neat views; crossing “cobblestone” beaches (2 somewhat long; tiring for my wife -the stones are rather big). Two km from the end you pop out at a long sandy beach leading to Neil’s Harbor in the distance. If you want less overall distance, I’d recommend turning back there, since the last two km are thru the woods with nothing to see. On the return trip it’s easy to get on one of the longer of the Jack Pine half loops and add 10-15 more minutes, but it wasn’t bad (thru the forest with interpretive signs). Best Cape Breton hike of our trip.

Loved the walk along alone Sheiling! Very serene with a babbling brook running in the lower portion of the walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Steep. Nice view on the top.
Cape Breton Red Chair here!

Great trail system!! Very well marked / signed trail with clear paths. No cell service, but that wasn’t a big deal for us. We did the Red loop with a side trip to the shore on the Blue trail.. tide was on the way in so we didn’t complete the Blue trail, but scenery was beautiful!! Can’t wait to go back and do the complete Blue trail some time soon.

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice hike. Great views at the top. Like others we took the service road down and actually ran into a bear on the trail. Gave it some space and it was fine. Just be careful if you do the hike in the early morning or closer to the evening.

hiking
2 months ago

Step up the speed and Kik up the Cardio! Hilly...

Nice little hike. We did several of these on our down days.

2 months ago

This was a beautiful hike with stunning views. All uphill if you keep to the left. If you go right, it’s easier going but you will punish your knees on the decent. If you’re an occasional hiker this trail isn’t for you.
Again, loved every step.
Note. Trail ended up at 10.9km all said and done.
Loved it!

Easy trek. Beautiful views. Unable to get to the very end due to high winds. Loved every step.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular cliff views at the top with the option to descend further. Gnarled bush and thick forest at beginning of hike provide some adventure in navigating fallen obstacles. Not a single other person encountered. Great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike, wonderful view from the ridge. Go early if you prefer solitude.

Great trail. Would not rate it as easy given the steep inclines and the section the would not be possible without the rope assisting.
Saying that it is a very worthwhile and awesome hike to a beautiful waterfall.

walking
2 months ago

This is a walking trail, not hiking. It’s a beautiful walk. GO EARLY! Gets very crowded. We were there by 8:00 and there were only 3 other cars. When we finished at 10:30 the parking lot was full. Please pick your trash up, especially cigarette butts! Gees!!

2 months ago

A great trail! We started up on the western trail, which is a little steeper. But completely doable. Of course we saw tons of other hikers, but we had a number of nice chats when we stopped to rest, usually at the scenic overlooks. We were able to see all the destruction caused by the moose, as well as the very different areas of the forrest. We very much enjoyed the views of the coast, and the stroll along the creek.

Absolutely amazing!!!

This will become one of the premier hikes in the park!

We can not explain how surprised and amazed we were when we reached the summit. The trail is in the process of some major improvements. The original trail was probably a road (from a hundred years ago) straight and boring. The new trail is full of twists and turns, some viewing areas and crushed granite has been added to about half of the trail. The last half is a bit more rustic and just as enjoyable (and looks like it will receive the same upgrade soon).

We found a TON of blueberries that were super yummy! We enjoyed the creeks that all have nice new bridges. We were the only people on the trail which was an amazing way to connect with nature and, we saw tons of moose tracks.

The cache container is new and in perfect condition.

Thank you for this amazing adventure!!

on Franey Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Challenging but fun ascent to a beautiful view at the top. Descent was on a much tamer fire road with a nice lake about halfway down.

on Meat Cove Overlook

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike to an absolutely stunning overlook!

on Acadian Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Loved the diversity of this trail! Nice climb with beautiful views on the way up, and a beautiful brook side walk on the way down. Loved the moss-covered rocks in the brook. So peaceful!

Beautiful! Great loop. Love the board walk down.

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