Lewis Mountain

Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia

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Climbing from near Whycocomagh Bay to the heights of the Cape Breton Highlands Plateau, more than 700 m (2300 ft) above, the Lewis Mountain Road is a hiker’s delight. The first half of the trail must be one of the prettiest walks in this book, following an always-lively brook up a narrow ravine through a lush hardwood forest alive with birds. Although it is a former road crossing the Highlands between the Bras D’Or Lakes and Lake Ainslie, it is as if the route was designed for hiking, wide enough for two to walk side-by-side yet narrow enough to provide enclosed and comfortable snugness. Families will enjoy this walk, although the constant climb may prevent some from continuing to its end. For many, turning back when path and brook diverge will provide the best scenic experience. Energetic hikers will want to follow the path to the junction where I have ended my description, and mountain bikers may wish to continue the rest of the distance, about another 5 km (3 mi) to Lake Ainslie.

Lewis Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Climbing from near Whycocomagh Bay to the heights of the Cape Breton Highlands Plateau, more than 700 m (2300 ft) above, the Lewis Mountain Road is a hiker’s delight. The first half of the trail must be one of the prettiest walks in this book, following an always-lively brook up a narrow ravine through a lush hardwood forest alive with birds. Although it is a former road crossing the Highlands between the Bras D’Or Lakes and Lake Ainslie, it is as if the route was designed for hiking, wide enough for two to walk side-by-side yet narrow enough to provide enclosed and comfortable snugness.

Families will enjoy this walk, although the constant climb may prevent some from continuing to its end. For many, turning back when path and brook diverge will provide the best scenic experience. Energetic hikers will want to follow the path to the junction where I have ended my description, and mountain bikers may wish to continue the rest of the distance, about another 5 km (3 mi) to Lake Ainslie."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Whycocomagh
Distance: 5.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
Local Maps: Lake Ainslie 11 K/3, Lake Whycocomagh 11 F/14
Driving Directions: Directions to Lewis Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

7/5/2008
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Very pleasant, although there is a significant error in the description. The trail climbs 700ft, not 700m.



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May 2018