The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail is a rugged, challenging 4-loop wilderness trail over 30 kms, for experienced hikers only. Each loop will take approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete. The trail passes through several landscape types, including patches of hardwood and evergreen forests, fens and open granite barrens. The barrens feature glacial outcropping and granite deposits, as well as extensive populations of broom crowberry, a coastal plain species threatened elsewhere and the rare mountain sandwort. Over 100 species of lichens have been documented on the trail.
The trail generally moves along high ground, affording frequent stunningly beautiful vistas of the surrounding wilderness and lakes. At one point, it runs through a stand of large old growth red spruce between Pot and Cranberry Lakes. The third loop takes hikers over the Bluff plateau, which is one of the highest points near Halifax. There are also canoe and portage routes, which allow paddlers to access the wilderness lakes.
A map of the trail and directions can be found on our website. There are also map panels on the trail where the loops intersect. As this is wilderness trail, hikers are advised to bring adequate water and food supply, as well as a map and compass (additional required safety items are listed on our web site). No facilities are available on the trail and hikers are expected to pack out what they carry in and practice leave-no-trace techniques. Dogs are permitted on leash.
Parking lot for the trail is located at 2890 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Timberlea. The trailhead is located on the Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea (BLT) trail.
Trail length: 32.00 km / 14.00 hrs
Trail type: Wilderness trail
Trail surface: Natural
Activities: Birding & wildlife, Cross country skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Directions: Access from parking lot at 2890 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd.