Length: 4 km (2.5 mi) returnHiking Time: 1+hrsType of Trail: compacted earth, natural surfaceUses (no snow): walkingUses (snow): snowshoeingFacilities: noneDog Use: off-leash permittedGov't Topo Map: 11K15 (Pleasant Bay)Rating (1-5): 3Trailhead GPS Reference: N 46 50’ 14.1” W 60 47’ 12.6”Access Information:
From the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp,
drive 35 km (21.9 mi) north along the Cabot Trail to Pleasant Bay. Turn
left onto Pleasant Bay Road, and follow for 2.3 km (1.4 mi). Parking is
challenging along this narrow road. However, if school is not in
session, park in their lot, on the right.Introduction:
If you like dramatic views, you should try Roberts Mountain. At the
summit, you are on a treeless peak with expansive vistas in every
direction, including both far into the Highlands and out in the ocean.
There are almost no other hikes in Nova Scotia similar. The route, with
the exception of whatever distance needed to walk along the Pleasant Bay
Road, is all uphill, and much of it very steep. (Except on the return,
of course, when it is all downhill.)The hike requires a constant trudge up hill and is only recommended for the physically fit. This is a true mountain hike.Much
of the route of this hike is on private property. Our appreciation goes
to Tanya Thompson for permitting hiking on her land.Cautionary Notes: Wildlife. Hunting. Steep climbs. Exposed hilltop. No cell phone reception.
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