Jimmy's Roundtop

Hubley, Nova Scotia

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A popular ride due to its proximity to downtown Halifax, Jimmy’s Roundtop is one of the most frequently visited rides in the Halifax area. It also seems to be the trail along which everyone gets lost on their first outing! Indeed, despite the fact that the ride appears to be clearly indicated on the topographic map of the area, there are more stories of trial and error connected to excursions to Jimmy’s than to any other ride we know of. The ride is linked together following a combination of old roads, cart tracks, and logging roads that have a long history of use. Begin riding along the wagon track that extends beyond the road you drove in on. You will cross a small bridge over Flake Brook. The wagon track is sandy and strewn with rocks, and there may be large puddles across the trail. Continue straight onto the fire road, which also branches back up to the right. Stay straight on this road for a short distance, and at the crest of a slight hill, as the road curves a little to the left, bear right onto a less distinct trail. This turn comes exactly 2 km (1.25 miles) into the ride and, though not obvious, is the first possible turnoff to the right. There may be flagging tape marking this junction, which is where you will finish the loop.
Mountain Bike! Atlantic Canada

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Mountain Bike! Atlantic Canada

by Hale & Bishop (Menasha Ridge Press)

A popular ride due to its proximity to downtown Halifax, Jimmy’s Roundtop is one of the most frequently visited rides in the Halifax area. It also seems to be the trail along which everyone gets lost on their first outing! Indeed, despite the fact that the ride appears to be clearly indicated on the topographic map of the area, there are more stories of trial and error connected to excursions to Jimmy’s than to any other ride we know of. The ride is linked together following a combination of old roads, cart tracks, and logging roads that have a long history of use.

Begin riding along the wagon track that extends beyond the road you drove in on. You will cross a small bridge over Flake Brook. The wagon track is sandy and strewn with rocks, and there may be large puddles across the trail. Continue straight onto the fire road, which also branches back up to the right. Stay straight on this road for a short distance, and at the crest of a slight hill, as the road curves a little to the left, bear right onto a less distinct trail. This turn comes exactly 2 km (1.25 miles) into the ride and, though not obvious, is the first possible turnoff to the right. There may be flagging tape marking this junction, which is where you will finish the loop.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Hubley
Distance: 17.7
Elevation Gain: 540 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: June through October.
Trailhead Elevation: 200 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Cyclesmith, 902-492-1759.
Local Maps: NTS: Halifax 11 D / 12. A Map of the Province of Nova Scotia (map 20 sections D-5, C-5; map 21, sections C-1 and D-1).
Driving Directions: Directions to Jimmy's Roundtop

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