Length: 30+km (18.8+mi) totalHiking time: 1-8+hrType of Trail: natural surface, compacted earthUses (no snow): walking, biking*, ATVs*Uses (snow): snowmobiling*, snowshoeingFacilities: interpretive panelsDog Use: off-leash permittedGov't Topo Map: 11K03 (Lake Ainslie)Rating (1-5): 4 [steepness]Trailhead GPS Reference: N 46 08” 31.6’ W 61 26” 48.2’Access Information:
In the village of Mabou, turn off Highway 19 onto the Mabou Harbour
Road. Drive 5 km (3 mi), turning right onto the unpaved Mabou Mines
Road. Continue 7 km (4.5 mi) to the bridge at Mill Brook, just past the
last house and clearing. Either park here, or continue about 500m/yd on
the other side up the deeply rutted small hill and park at the Mabou
Post Road Trailhead sign, without blocking the road.Introduction:
The Mabou Highlands form a rounded knoll 15 km (9.5 mi) long by 8 km (5
mi) wide reaching an elevation of 335 m (1100 ft) at the north end and
320 m (1050 ft) at the south. Formed of highly erosion-resistant,
metamorphosed sedimentary and volcanic rocks, the surface is highly
dissected and the sides deeply eroded. Many trails in the Mabou
Highlands are quite challenging, requiring strenuous climbs to reach the
best viewing sites.These same Mabou Highlands were also once
the home of many industrious Scottish families, who cleared the hills
and grazed sheep on their grassy slopes. Now, save for a few cottages,
the area lies mostly deserted and forest has reclaimed the ravines. The
former cart tracks connecting long abandoned farms have become a network
of challenging trails, courtesy of the volunteer Cape Mabou Trail Club.
By 1998, twelve different trails totalling more than 30 km (18.75 mi)
of maintained paths were available.Cautionary Notes: Wildlife.
Hunting permitted. Steep climbs. Motorized vehicles in some sections.
Poison Ivy. Cell Phone reception is generally available at higher
elevations. No reception ravines, under thick foliage, and on most
Ratings are designated from 1 to 5 indicating suitability for all
fitness and experience levels, with 5 being suitable only for
experienced and very fit outdoor people. Novices should only choose
level 1 and 2 hikes, and work their way up. Level 4 and 5 hikes have
indicators associated with their ratings.
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