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Best trails in Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area

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Looking for a great trail in Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area, Nova Scotia? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 15 moderate trails in Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area ranging from 1.3 to 11.5 miles and from 167 to 475 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Ash Lake and Fox Lake via Hobsons Lake Trail
Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Hobson’s Lake Trail is one of multiple trails located in Kearney Lake, Nova Scotia as part of the Birch Cove Blue Mountain Wilderness Area. Hobson’s lake is connected to Fox Lake trail, Charlie’s Lake trail, and Quarry Lake and Birch Cove trail, all of which begin off of Kearney Lake Drive. The trail features rocky terrain with steep elevations and on trail maps are posted along the route. Wheelchair and winter use are not recommended. Parking Information: Best parking is at the end of Collins Road, from here the trail begins on the hill behind the fence. Parking is also available off of Saskatoon Drive at the Maskwa Canoe Club parking lot. Show more
#2 - Blue Mountain Summit
Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
Blue Mountain Summit trail offers a steady climb to the summit of Blue Mountain, offering the highest, unobstructed views in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The trek to the trailhead involves walking along logging roads to the woodland path, which has no winter maintenance. Caution is advised when snow is on the ground. The logging road is private property which has been opened to hikers wishing to visit the Blue Mountain trail. Parking Information: This route follows from the trailhead at the end of Anahid Drive. Hikers may park here, so long as they do not obstruct the driveways of surrounding residents. The “Birch Cove to Blue Mountain” trail offers a second pathway from parking off of Lewis Lake Terrace.Show more
#3 - Fox Lake Trail
Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Fox Lake Trail is one of multiple trails located in Kearney Lake, Nova Scotia as part of the Birch Cove Blue Mountain Wilderness Area. Fox Lake trail connects onto Hobson’s Lake trail, Charlie’s Lake trail, and Quarry Lake and Birch Cove trail. The trail features rocky terrain, and numerous look-offs, and at times can be difficult to navigate due to the various paths sprouting from the main trail, despite some on trail signs and maps. Wheelchair use in not recommended, however the trail is kid friendly, and usable for snow shoeing in the winter. Parking Information: Best parking is at the end of Collins Road, from here the trail begins directly straight ahead into the woods (not along the fence). Parking is also available at Maskwa Canoe Club parking lot, but requires a small trek to get onto the Fox Lake trail.Show more
#4 - Susies Lake Loop
Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 55 m
Susie's Lake Loop is one of a number of trails in the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Wilderness Area, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, offering views of Susie's Lake. This loop begins behind the Kent Building Store off of Chain Lake Drive, and winds through the woods to a main look-off point, before looping back to the trailhead. The trail is not marked, and features numerous offshoots and side paths, as well as overgrown foliage, and some rocky areas. Parking Information: Parking is available at the small gravel lot to the far right of Kent Building Supplies off of Chain Lake Drive. It is recommended that visitors park here, out of the way of customers, and then walk to the trailhead, following straight along the side of the Kent back lot. Show more
#5 - Hobsons Lake Trail
Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
#6 - Maskwa Trails and Charlie's Lake Loop
Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
As of June 2020, the Maskwa entrance is closed and there are police patrolling the area. Not too long or strenuous. Need sturdy footwear to go over rocks and roots.Show more
#7 - Charlie's Lake Trail
Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 47 m
Charlie's Lake Trail is one of multiple trails located in Kearney Lake, Nova Scotia as part of the Birch Cove Blue Mountain Wilderness Area. Charlie's Lake trail connects onto Hobson's Lake trail, Fox Lake Trail, and Quarry Lake and Birch Cove trail. The trail features rocky terrain with some steep elevation, and an often washed out lake crossing at the halfway point. Navigation can be a bit difficult, and visitors should be cautious of an abandoned cabin and dumping site on the loop that can be prone to broken glass and rusted metal debris. Wheelchair use is not recommended, however with caution the trail is friendly to children and pets, as well as usable for snow shoeing in the winter. Parking Information: Best parking is at the end of Collin's Road, from here the trail begins on the path leading directly into the woods (not along the fence). Parking is also available at Maskwa Canoe Club parking lot, however this does require a longer trek to get to the trail loop, which can be hazardous in the winter or rainy season. Show more
#8 - Kearney Lake Trails
Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 36 m
Kearney Lake Trails offers hikers the choice of walking the Maskwa Loop and Popcorn Island Loop of the Kearney Lake trail system, located within the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Wilderness Area. The loop offers hikers views of Kearney Lake, and surrounding woodlands, and is a moderate hike, offering a short tour of the backcountry. The trail maybe be used to connect onto the more difficult Charlie’s Lake Loop, Fox Lake Loop, and Hobson’s and Ash Lake loop. In the spring hikers enjoy wildflowers in bloom, as well as a variety of bird sightings. The trail is also well travelled by hikers and snowshoers in the winter. Parking Information: For this loop the best parking is at the Maskwa Canoe Club parking lot. Parking is also available at the end of Collins Road.Show more
#9 - Birch Cove to Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
The Birch Cove to Blue Mountain trail offers a steady climb to the summit of Blue Mountain, offering the highest, unobstructed views in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The trek to the trailhead involves walking along logging roads to the woodland path, which has no winter maintenance. Caution is advised when snow is on the ground. This trail leads to the site from the trailhead off of Lewis Lake Terrace. Parking Information: This route follows from the trailhead at the end of Lewis Lake Terrace. The “Blue Mountain Summit” trail offers a second pathway from parking at the end of Anahid Drive.Show more
#10 - Birch Trail
Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Birch Trail is a wooded trail located in Blue Mountain Birch Cove Wilderness Area near Halifax, Nova Scotia. The trail is used both as a hiking trail and as a mountain biking trail in the section following the Fox Lake lookoff, known as the Evil Birch Trail. This trail follows the same route as the Quarry Lake and Birch Lakes Trail, stopping a few kilometres before. Parking Information: Best parking is at the end of Collins Road, at the trailhead.Show more
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