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Admiral Lake Trail Loop is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 688 feet Route Type: Loop

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Admiral Lake Trail Loop is a backcountry trail beginning 1.7km from the Park Road parking lot for Musquodoboit Trailway near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Given the length, steep elevation gains, and backcountry nature of the trail, it is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. The trail features beautiful look off and lake views, and has trail markers, kilometer markers, maps at either end of the backcountry trail, and is best used from April to October, when little to no snow is present. At the trailhead end a 1km detour to Bayers Lake Loop may be followed, from here the trail connects onto South Granite Ridge Trail. Parking Information: Best parking is at the end of Bayer Mill Road, eliminating 1km of railway trail to and from the trailhead entrance. Parking is also available at Park Road parking lot.

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bugs
rocky
2 days ago

Great trial if you're looking for more of a challenge due to the rocky terrain. Elevation gain is steady with some steep sections but beautiful payoff at the top. The sign says 4 to 5 hours at 45km per hour but it only took me 3 hours going at a moderate pace. After you get to the lookout point you can choose to do a small look that goes by Admiral Lake or you can just turn back the way you've come because the trail is really just an out and back with a loop attached and the view at Admiral Lake was not totally worth it.

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bugs
6 days ago

We did this hike for Canada Day, and it was hot! Lots of mozzies and flies out, and humid. The terrain is difficult with lots of rocks and roots that were slippery. Moderate elevation. Really great look outs and views! My favorite part was squeezing through a boulder structure. Great hike, but maybe not for 25+ days

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18 days ago

Did this trail on Saturday June 20th and would of loved it if it wasn't for the heat. This is a difficult trail with amazing views and look off points. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a challenge. I brought alot of water and would recommend others do the same.

29 days ago

Did this trail yesterday, and it was quite difficult! Well marked trail full of up and downs. Lots of cool look offs, but there was no stopping because the bugs were so bad!

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail - I would rate it as moderate to difficult as there are some steep hills, slippery spots and a little climbing required. Took about 3 hours from start to end. Very well marked and well maintained. Will definitely be returning to try the other hikes within the system.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Trail was great, markings obvious. Not for the faint of heart! The inclines are killer but a great challenge. My dog greatly enjoyed it, only ran into 2 groups of people along the way. Beautiful views. Will be returning for sure!

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

What a great loop! Definitely accurately rated as difficult with steep inclines and declines, lots of large rock on the trail. An excellent challenge. Perfect evening loop to see the sun setting. Would recommend starting by 5. At a decent pace it is easily done in under 3 hours. Very little mud and only encountered one other person on the loop trail. Definitely going to go back! A must do, in the fall, as the views will be amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Well marked and a very scenic walk through the forest with several look-off points. Lots of inclining trail which was a great challenge. Light traffic on a weekday midday - we encountered 4 other groups and a few others along the main path leading to the trail loops. Will hope to get out again in Fall to experience the views.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

awesome trail, but pretty challenging! dogs loved it and we didn’t run into too many other people. will be back for sure!

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muddy
snow
3 months ago

Great trail for a Thursday afternoon hike. The rail trail at the beginning was very busy, however we quickly lost the crowds once getting on the trail. When walking down the rail trail from the parking lot, the entrance to the Admiral Lake Loop is an unmarked off shoot into the woods with red and yellow markers nailed to the trees (Admiral Lake Loop is the yellow markers). We accidentally missed the entrance and ended up doing the loop backwards. Make sure you take the ~20m side trail labeled 'Janet's Diner' - great spot for lunch! It took our group of 2 + dog (on leash) approximately 3 hours to complete the loop including the 5km of rail trail with a half hour lunch in the middle. Icy sections on a lot of the ascents and descents, but plenty of snow and rock exposed enough to avoid needing to use microspikes.

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icy
3 months ago

This was an awesome hike! Did it in the middle of the winter so it was quite icy. Lots of steep hills but was rewarded with great views. I did the admiral lake loop, and the skull rock lookoff. Was about 11 km and took me and my golden retriever just over 2 hours to complete although we were moving quick and only stopped to look at the views. The signage for admiral lake loop recommends 4-5 hours for the trail which I thought was a bit much

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7 months ago

challanging trail, lots of steep climbing, beautiful look offs make all the climbing well worth it. Well marked trail, a little muddy in spots.

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7 months ago

Started too late to do entire loop. Made it to Harbour View, then headed back.

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8 months ago

Great trail, nice views on some of the smaller trails to look-offs. Was a fair bit of people using it, lots of up and down, but nothing too challenging if you are in good shape. We did the loop itself in 2.5 hours with just one stop on a brisk pace

Started from the Bayers Mill Rd entrance to avoid the large trailhead. Hiked this with my 3 month old strapped to me, my frenchie and my friend and her 2 pups. Kept a moderately fast pace. I consider myself to be in great shape but some of the up hill parts will have your heartrate jacked and breathing heavy! Definitely will be doing this one again. Recommend it if you want a good workout.

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rocky
8 months ago

Amazing trail, had such a nice hike. Perfect in this season to see all of the colours. Definitely in the intermediate/advanced category, not a hike for unfit people. We powered through the entire thing and was well worth it. So many stops along the way for stunning scenery and overlooking the forests and lakes.

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over grown
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

The trail was ablaze in crimson foliage,deep green moss and mushrooms a plenty. A visual fall feast with gorgeous views. A few boulder scrambled and technical spots. Highly recommend!

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over grown
rocky
8 months ago

One of my favorite hikes near the HRM. I've done it with friends, alone, with all the lookouts, stopping, no stopping... It's such a good hike. Generally back to my car about 2.5 hours after starting. Be careful not to take a left turn too soon, as both myself and a friend have made this mistake trying to get to skull rock.

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bugs
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

Loved it! After a heavy rain overnight the trail was magical. Rich moss, lichen and. ferns in full force. Blueberry treats along the way, great overlooks. Not for the less than fit hiker. Lots of rocks and roots and long sections of dense bushes to get through.

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