With snow on the ground, there are many hiking adventures that can be tackled. A recommended winter hike would be our late October adventure to the Gully Lake Wilderness Area. This is almost 4,000 hectares of hardwoods and mixed forests. We decided to bring the dogs with us and do one of the shorter hiking loops; Sandy Cope Trail.
Our main goal was to hike for about two hours and drive 5km to nearby Sugar Moon Farms to enjoy some pancakes and maple syrup. A small reward for our adventure.
We started out on the main dirt road. The area had logging roads and converted railbeds passing through it. With most of that activity long gone, the roads remained and are part of an extensive network of trails for both hikers and All Terrain Vehicles.
As a protected area in Nova Scotia, a number of low impact activities are allowed including: camping, hiking, kayaking, birdwatching, trapping, hunting, etc...
Along the main road, we ran into the intersection to jump on the Willard Kitchener MacDonald trail - otherwise known as the "Hermit of Gully Lake". But that trail & story will have to wait for another time. We hung a left and got on the Sandy Cope Loop Trail.
We picked the right time of year to hike, the mature sugar maple trees and birch provided an awesome fall foliage pallette. We hiked counter clock wise along the rolling hills. The trail itself was more of a footpath and was easy going.
We approached one of the old cart roads, from the many map signs along the trail, offered a shorter & quicker way back. We decided to take the shorter loop since we enjoyed the views so much that we were getting hungry and needed some food!
At Sugar Moon Farms we enjoyed the sugar moon special with the bottomless coffee. Overall the shortened trail took up two hours and totalled around 6km.
This area deserves another visit.
More Details About This Hike
- Take a look at the track file as provided by my Delorme InReach (search for October 21 2012)
- Take a look at the Garmin Adventure which includes photos and more!
- Download my iOS app which includes this trail