Length: 15 km (9.4 mi) rtnHiking Time: 4+hrType of Trail: compacted earth, natural surfaceUses (no snow): walking, ATVsUses (snow): snowmobiling, snowshoeingFacilities: noneDog Use: off-leash permittedGov't Topo Map: 11F14 (Whycocomagh), 11K03 (Lake Ainslie)Rating (1-5): 4 [unmaintained route]Trailhead GPS Reference: N 45º 59” 34.6’ W 61º 00” 28.0’ Access Information:
From Exit 5 in Whycocomagh, drive north on Highway 105 toward Sydney
for 11-km (7-mi) to Exit 6. At intersection, turn left onto dirt track;
park on left of electrical transformer. Path is continuation of dirt
track.Introduction: Climbing from near Whycocomagh
Bay to a highlands Plateau more than 200m (650ft) above, the Lewis
Mountain Road can be a hiker’s delight. The first half of the trail is
exceptionally attractive, following MacPherson’s Brook up a narrow
ravine through a lush hardwood forest. Families will enjoy the first
section of this walk, as there is easy access to the chuckling brook.However,
after only 2 km (1.25 mi), the road leaves MacPherson’s Brook and
itself becomes a creek-bed, with young trees nearly blocking the path.
For many, turning back when they reach the first bridge will provide the
best experience. More experienced explorers will want to follow the
former at least as far as its junction with the Pulp Company Road atop
the hill, 7.5 km from your start, or even the rest of the distance to
Lake Ainslie: 10.6 km one way. Little evidence remains of the former
settlement that was once found on the top of the mountain.Cautionary Notes: Wildlife. Hunting permitted. Motorized vehicles. Cell phone dead zones.
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