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Roberts Mountain

Length:   4 km (2.5 mi) return
Hiking Time:   1+hrs
Type of Trail:   compacted earth, natural surface
Uses (no snow):   walking
Uses (snow):   snowshoeing
Facilities:   none
Dog Use:   off-leash permitted

Gov't Topo Map:   11K15 (Pleasant Bay)
Rating (1-5):   3

Trailhead 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.

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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