Date: May 17th 2020 until October 28th 2020
This breathtaking trail winds through Acadian mixed forest and stunted taiga as it climbs to the windswept plateau. It offers 360° views spanning the barrens, the dramatic Aspy fault, coastal villages far below and mountains reaching the most northern tip of Cape Breton. Continue along a narrower footpath to Mica Hill’s remarkable outcrops of quartz and mica. Explore a small side loop past Paquette Lake on your return.
Trailhead: Take the Paquette Lake road and park at the lake
Significant Feature: Highlands taiga, mica outcrops
Length: 7.9 km (4.9 mi) return; 8.4 km (5.2 mi) with loop
Hiking Time: 3–4 hours
Elevation: 260–400 m (850–1345 ft.)
Trail Rating: Moderate