Skyline Trail Loop

MODERATE 59 reviews

Skyline Trail Loop is a 9.5 kilometer loop trail located near Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
9.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
237 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

no dogs

40 minutes ago

Beautiful! Great loop. Love the board walk down.

unbelievable

3 days ago

Amazing! Sad to see visitors trespassing on the areas clearly marked as no go zones. Pleased to see authorities tracking down violators. Remember it’s not all about you, it’s about appreciating and preserving nature.

hiking
16 days ago

The lookout is unbelievable. Trail is very accessible to all.

hiking
25 days ago

The fork was open to both directions on Monday morning and was able to do the loop. Saw a mother and baby moose about a km into the walk, roughly 100 feet from the trail, and another larger female moose on the way back to the lot from the Skyline look-off - she was much closer, maybe 20 feet from the boardwalk. Amazing trail, and relatively easy - I’d call it a walking trail as opposed to a hiking one. Very well groomed and wide.

1 month ago

The loop is closed but u can still hike the trail. I feel this trail is a bit overrated. I can see better sunset at various locations in Chéticamp area without having to walk ie drive up and watch.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the trail. Views were fabulous. Beat the crowds and go at sunrise. Part of trail is closed for maintenance, but can still complete the full trial.

hiking
1 month ago

Gave it 5 stars for the views but disappointed half was closed. Repairs should be done earlier in the year.

2 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done, did this is the fall which was gorgeous!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful trail

3 months ago

Go early to avoid people. The first bit is not at all exciting but the end is worth every step.

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous views await you on the Skyline Trail, but so do a lot of people. Very heavily trafficked trail, but the lack solitude is worth the views you get on this trail. The loop is a great option and many people just stick to the out-and-back version of the trail (taking a left at the fork).

If you do the loop, you may get lucky enough to see a moose or two (like me) on the more woodsy section. PROTIP: if you're here in the summer, do this trail right after a rain storm. The first part of the loop is boardwalk, so your shoes won't even get wet. And the crowd will be a quarter of what it would be on a perfect day.

walking
6 months ago

This is not a hike - an easy stroll is the pace but the end view is what people come for. Note that it is wheelchair accessible

8 months ago

This trail was just ok, honestly. With so many beautiful views throughout this entire area, we had a hard time finding this crowded trail worth it. We prefer the lesser traveled trails in this park.

hiking
8 months ago

Good hike despite the rain and fog, Ran into two Bull Moose on the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful, well maintained trail with gorgeous views of the ocean and Cape Breton Highlands. It's the views that make this a 5 Star trail for me. Even the Loop trail is pretty easy and manageable even for hikers that are not in great shape; there are no steep or exposed sections. Let biggest draw of the Loop trail is that it's less crowded than the out-and-back trail.

10 months ago

Did the hike in June and it's worth the views. If you're in the area and have the time, you must do it. We took the "woodsie" side out, saw the views and took the other path back. The way back was very easy and not really a hike per se. Didn't see any wildlife other than a few small birds :(

11 months ago

Great hilltop trail without having to climb the mountain. Beautiful panoramic views of the mountain tops and ocean. Its a place where you are left feeling wide open to the sky. There are a lot of moose on this trail, which is why dogs are not allowed (the moose were consistently charging at dogs on the trail). It is very heavily tracfficed as it is probably the most popular trail in the Cabot Trail Park.

11 months ago

Awesome trail in crystal clear, crisp, fresh air. Spectacular views, beautiful vegetation. Highlight of the Cabot Trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Family hike with 4 kids, 11, 8, 2.5, 2month. Wife carried the baby in a carrier, 2.5 yr old in the stroller. Took the rugged back loop which I would not recommend for stroller but also did not regret due to the great look off views. The toddler hiked about half of the back loop while I carried/dragged the stroller over roots and rocks. Wouldn't do the rugged loop again with stroller but not regrets. Main trail is stroller friendly.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Nice, easy and family trail. Very exposed so be advised; under the sun today it was cooking!

hiking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Easy trail, not much to look at in between lookouts but definitely gives you a sense of being out in the middle of nowhere.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Easy and short. Saw whales from the cliff edge :)

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

A must do trail. The western part of the trail overlooks the Cabot Trail Road . spectacular views. The winds increase as you go down the steps but there are areas to sit and take it all in . No dogs allowed so leave Fido home .

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