The trail goes for just over 6 kms (3.8 miles) following the Cheticamp River into the hills. Return trip was 12.2 kms (7.6 miles) and it took us just over 3 hours, but we also stopped for lunch and a couple of breaks.
I didn't enjoy the first few kms of the trail. It's really more of a dirt road than a trail, and a park worker went by on his ATV a few times. It's almost like they've enlarged the trail at parts just to be able to be used by the parks maintenance ATV's. Some of these trails are a little too "maintained" for my liking.
Whiskey stayed behind to guard Sherman!
Every now and then there was the opportunity to take a path down to the river for a view. Otherwise, you were just walking through the forest. After the second pool, the trail did actually become a trail. I guess most visitors usually don't make it that far. In fact, we didn't see anybody else on the hike except for the worker on the ATV until we were almost back at the campground.
Stopped for lunch at the end of the trail
Took this to show you that we actually had some blue sky today! Actually, one of the best days since we arrived in Nova Scotia towards the end of March.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park is celebrating it's 75th anniversary this year. If you hike 75 kms of their trails this year, you get a special gift. So that's our goal for the next week is to hike 75 kms worth of trails in the park. So now, we are at 12.2 kms!
Tomorrow morning we're going to do an 8.4 km trail in the morning, and a 9.2 km trail in the afternoon! Depending on weather....