Hay Marsh Loop via the Bluff Wilderness Trail

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Hay Marsh Loop via the Bluff Wilderness Trail is a 29.9 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Timberlea, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

29.9 km
521 m

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Hay Marsh loop is the fourth of four consecutive loops known as the Bluff Wilderness Trail in Timberlea, Nova Scotia, and its complete constitutes the entirely of the Bluff Wilderness Trail. The Bluff Trail is located within the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area, designated under the Wilderness Areas Protection Act. This loop is marked with orange markers, and as a difficult wilderness trail should warrant 3-4 hours of planned hiking per section. Completing the entirety of Hay Marsh loop involves beginning on the Pot Lake Loop and continuing on to complete the Mi’kmaq Hill loop and the Bluff Lopp, and 30+km hike, requiring at least two days and one overnight stay to complete. Visitors should pack emergency gear and water, and be sure to pay close attention to markers so as not to accidentally wander onto a longer loop. For visitors completing the full loop, two leave no trace campsites are located on the trail, just before the commencement of the Bluff Loop, on the north-easternly side, and one is located along the Bluff loop, at the halfway point of the final connector section of this third loop. Parking Information: A parking lot has been constructed for the trail, with the civic address of 2890 Bay Road. From the lot, visitors can walk onto the Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Trail, and head west approximately 350 metres before reaching the Bluff Trailhead shortly after the highway underpass.

1 month ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Only did first loop. with Megan, Holly and BobbySue

5 months ago

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.