Lake of Islands

Ingonish , Nova Scotia

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This ride is located in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, near the eastern entrance at Ingonish. On this 19-mile out-and-back trail, you will climb consistently on the outbound trip and enjoy a much swifter ride, downhill, back to the trailhead. The ride begins on an access road before the signed Lake of Islands trailhead. This gravel road has recently been closed to automobile traffic, and you will follow signs to the former Lake of Islands parking area. From there, you will continue on a rocky old road to Branch Pond and Lake of Islands. Beyond Branch Pond, the trail is rougher. It is not maintained and requires a more adventurous spirit. The landscape becomes more exposed, and the trail quite rocky. Pay attention to any possible changes in the weather, and try to avoid being caught in the barrens in fog, wind, or rain. Although the trail requires only intermediate skills, riders should possess above-average endurance and judgment.

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"This ride is located in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, near the eastern entrance at Ingonish. On this 19-mile out-and-back trail, you will climb consistently on the outbound trip and enjoy a much swifter ride, downhill, back to the trailhead. The ride begins on an access road before the signed Lake of Islands trailhead.

This gravel road has recently been closed to automobile traffic, and you will follow signs to the former Lake of Islands parking area. From there, you will continue on a rocky old road to Branch Pond and Lake of Islands. Beyond Branch Pond, the trail is rougher. It is not maintained and requires a more adventurous spirit. The landscape becomes more exposed, and the trail quite rocky. Pay attention to any possible changes in the weather, and try to avoid being caught in the barrens in fog, wind, or rain. Although the trail requires only intermediate skills, riders should possess above-average endurance and judgment."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ingonish
Distance: 19
Elevation Gain: 1,425 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Summer only.
Local Contacts: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, 902-285-2691.
Local Maps: Free map offered by the park.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake of Islands

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May 2018