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Paquette Lake and Mica Hill is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cape Breton Highlands National Park, 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.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 600 ft Route type Out & Back

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Completed (42)
Kiernan Lynch
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Dave MacKinnon
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. The path was well maintained and quite impressive looking. The ground was soft and cushiony, perfect for the odd trail sprint. The sky was just clear enough for an incredible view at the top. Great entry level or casual hike. Would recommend.

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Kirk Larrabee
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The first portion of this hike is a well-kept gravel trail that takes you through a beautiful open area with some lovely scenery and several lookouts. The second half of the trail was a bit if a muddy slog to the top of the hill, where there was an interesting surprise. The whole hike isn't overly difficult and there are still areas under development it seems. For now, the first half of the trail is definitely worth your time.

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Kevin Golembeski
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Tammy Wallwork
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Hiking

Loved this trail. It felt a little never-ending, but miles and miles of blueberries and beautiful skies and views. And then the quartz and mica at the top!!! Incredible! Very gradual climb. Some challenges getting around water at a couple spots and definitely need some level of endurance. We really enjoyed this one!

Éric Pauzé
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HikingBlowdownWashed out
Sarah Alexander
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HikingNo shade

One of our favourites in the whole park! This hike is different from your typical walk in the forest/look out style hike. The Taiga forest is so unique, and gives you panoramic views. This hike was long and hot in the middle of summer - be sure to be prepared for the elements as you are completely exposed to sun/wind/whatever weather for the majority of this hike. The Mica at the top of the hill is the icing on the cake. This was an incredibly unique hike that really surprised us!

Mariela Cabaleiro
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Hiking

This was our least favorite hike of several we did at Cape Breton Highlands National Park and also outside of the park; White Point and Pollett’s Cove. I call this one more of “get your exercise but don’t expect much” type of trail. It’s not all bad though; it’s an easy moderate, there are some pretty views of Paquette Lake and the mica is interesting at the top- a good family hike.

Jenny User
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Hiking

Great hike, though it was very foggy which minimized our chances for much of a view. The part of the trail that is not maintained became swampy and hard to pass at points but the maintained part is very well taken care of with lots of benches/ rest stops along the way if needed. We seen a bunny and a few snakes in our travels and could hear lots of different birds.

Aaron Smith
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Hiking

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!!

Chris Pulaski
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First to Review

You can actually drive this part of the trail if you are so inclined. Park at the lot and walk the path behind the gate. It leads to a beautiful lake on the plateau and you can continue down the path after visiting the lake to go to Mica Hill. Breathtaking views all around you and you probably will only see a few other hikers. Just be cautious of the weather as you do not want to be on the plateau when a lightning storm rolls through. There also seemed to be some evidence of bears and moose.

Chelsea Longaphy
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Laurent C.
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YOUNG S.
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Leia Francesca Bulosan-Burns
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Kelly Lynch
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Glenn Thompson
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Joe Cabaleiro
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Fred Hawkes
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Neil Sax
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Andy Iakobson
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Julia Mead
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