Explore the most popular birding trails in Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Gorgeous area to hike with dogs. Make sure you have a gps or map as it’s easy to get a little turned around in there.

Had to backtrack a couple times to pick up the tea.after losing it. Definitely tired out the dog. Had a great time.

7 days ago

Great technical trails close to the city. Make sure to pay attention as trails are largely unmarked.

Beautiful view at the top

Good hiking trails. However, if there were any markers, I did not notice any. could not find my way around the lake.

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

Sort of boring hike until you get off logging road which is also used by ATVs. Nice view on bedrock top at the end though.

Fairly easy to follow even with a few bunny trails when on the Kearney Lake side of the lake but was unable to find crossing to the other side to complete loop. Even created own crossing but not able to re-locate trail on other side. Had to u-turn. Will try to do trail counter clockwise next time and hopefully find crossing.

Entrance to trail hard to find behind Kent...Did trail counter clockwise. Fairly clear to follow at first once found...but then not easy due to tons of bunny trails until you get to lake where trail literally disappears...had to u-turn back. Will try doing again clockwise and hope be able to do full loop that way.

Once we reached the trail it easy enough to follow. Lake was pretty. We parked at Maskwa and walked in from there. We relied on our GPS doing it this way and added 2km to our hike. Also got to see Charlies Lake by taking this route.

1 month ago

quixk easy hike with a great view

a great hike with an awesome view from the top. I'm very glad I went and will be heading up there again for sure!

good trail. pretty standard.

Great hike. Trail can be a little hard to follow at times. We used our phone’s gps to keep us going in the right direction. Lots roots and rocks to be mindful of. Some steep climbs.

Other than the horse flies I enjoyed it.

Really enjoyed this trail. Especially the look off.

4 months ago

We are seniors and we really enjoyed this hike. Lots of tree roots to step over. The trails are sometimes not easy to follow. However, we used a GPS App on our iPad which helped us not get off track. This hike must be so beautiful in the fall.

Make sure you go to the look off part very nice view

Hiked this trail May 2018 enjoyed it very much.

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

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.

Pretty good hike, no overly difficult areas. Although some areas it was difficult to find the trail markings (green paint on trees) since it had faded over time. Took around two hours to just do the Charlies Lake Loop, we decided against connecting to the Maskwa Loop. Only took over an hour of walking, since we went with a dog who loved to take breaks to find a nice swimming spot (which there were a few along the way). Will definitely go again.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Was a bit confusing to navigate at first because you need to connect to another trail before reaching Fox Head Trail. There were some orange spray paintings and some signs here and there to guide you though! We kept going where it said Fox Lake, and didn't check out the Look off part, which I now regret! A few other trails all interconnect so you can choose a shorter or longer trail. The route we took to and from Colins Rd was about an hour and 15 mins. Again, we may not have gotten the whole experience. Nice area though close to the city :)


I was happy to see tags - its early in the season so parts of the trail were a bit hard to find - overall a great trail! I would certainly do it again :)

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Once you leave the Hobson's Lake Trail, you are more likely to see a canoe or kayak then another hiker. As a result, the Ash Lake loop offers a great opportunity to empty your mind and just enjoy the day.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Great backwoods wilderness trail that is relatively close(10-15min) outside of downtown Halifax. The Ash Lake part of the hike is not as well trodden but is still fairly well marked with ribbons on the trees. Took me about 2:20 to complete. You can also just do the Hobson's Lake Trail which takes about 1:15 for a quick but satisfying one.

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