Admiral Lake Loop

IMG_0076IMG_0107A favorite trail system of mine is in Musquodoboit trailway that winds along the Musquodoboit river east of Halifax. The trail system consists of the rails to trail and five wilderness trails. The Admiral Lake Loop is the first trail off the trailway and probably the most hiked. I hiked to the second access and hiked in a counter-clockwise fashion. You quickly rise above Bayer Lake to reach a look-off called Jessie’s Diner. You continue along the trail slightly down hill passing by Eunice Lake before you climb again reaching a look-off that overlooks the island specked namesake of the trail. I then continued along the trail going through the “cave” and eventually reaching Harbour look-off, Rolling Rock and Skull Rock. After Skull Rock you go downhill until you reach the trailway and retrace your step to the parking lot. It is a wonderful wilderness trail that isn’t too difficult to hike.IMG_0125

2013 Hiking Goals Progress

I haven’t written anything down in a while so I thought I would do an update given we are 100 days plus into 2013. I have to say I am a bit disappointed in my progress but we are having the worst weather so far this year. What this has done has left a lot of ice on the trails and limited the choices of where I can go.

Despite my poor progress I managed to get 12 of the 30 trails done in the trails of Halifax Regional Municipality #30haliaxhikes. These were a mixture of parks and walking trails all within 20 kms of my house. I enjoyed these hikes as they were all to places I have visited and in some cases many times.

From the other guide I am following I have done a grand total of 2 #60NShikes, both in Hants county. I hiked Nine Mile River trail which I had never done before and was very impressed with the trail. The other one was Uniacke Estate Museum trail which was the first time anyone had joined me, my friends Jim and Jocelyn came along. It was a great day and I appreciated the company.

So if you are keeping track of my county count it is 2. My next plans are to get an upgraded bike to start my trek from Halifax to Bridgewater and continue hitting the trails every chance I get. I am planning on staying in a yurt in Cape Breton and using that as a base to hike the 4 counties on the island and for the most part I am going to do the hikes as day hikes.

I will try to write more on my adventures as I go along and I will do another update in July.

Visit to Long Lake Provincial Park

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It was the last week end of February and I really wanted to start on my challenges for 2013. I picked Long Lake as it is one place I am familiar with and have been there many times. I was a little nervous know the trails may be treturous due to ice and my fears were heightened by a crew putting someone in an ambulance.

I had brought my Katoohla microspikes so putting my nervousness aside I set off from the parking lot on St. Margarets BayIMG_0450 Road. I followed the stream straight down to where it flows into Long Lake and turned right to continue along the shore. The wind was biting and cold, finally making it to the shelter of the trees was welcome. After meandering through the trees along the lakeshore I came upon Beaverdam Brook. After walking along the brook slipping and sliding checking out all the ice in the brook.

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Eventually I made it to the main trail leading back to my car. I have hiked this trail many times before and always enjoy it, this was a great way to start my hiking challenge for 2013

Planning The first Big Trip of 2013

Some of the contributors at Avoiding Chores and I are heading to Maine to climb Mount Katahdin in June. For most of us it will be our first trip there and we are all excited.

Now I have to prepare to make sure I can complete the hike. I am trying to eat better cutting out sweets,  junk food and prepackaged food. Focusing on fresh food and portion control. I am currently walking everyday and hiking with a pack on the week ends. This will be soon followed by weight-training and running.

With the physical component in the works I need to figure out what to wear and bring for the trip. If any one has any tips or advice please pass it along

My Hiking Goals for 2013

I have several goals for this year that are not too extensive.

My first challenge is to hike in all of Nova Scotia’s eighteen counties #hikeNS18. I live in Halifax so I am somewhat central to the province except for the four counties on Cape Breton island. This will be a chance to discover some new trails and revisit some old favorites. I expect I will be visiting  some beautiful vistas and waterfalls.

My next two goals are actually hikes from two books written by Micheal Haynes. I want to do all 30 hikes in Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality #30haliaxhikes and the 60 trails in Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova Scotia #60NShikes. Many on the latter will probably be double counted with my first goal. The Nova Scotia component is somewhat ambitious but it is something to shoot for.

Beyond these goal I am planning on using the Trans-Canada trail to bicycle from Halifax to Bridgewater #hfxtobwater over several days. It will take me from urban sprawl of the provinces largest city through the rural areas on to the second largest town. I also am planning some paddle camping in Kejimkujik and scaling Mount Katahdin with some of the Avoiding Chores contributors.

These are my goals and I know there will be a few additions like some day hikes in Fundy and maybe an attempt of the Dobson trail. What’s your goal? Maybe join me on a few of my trips.

Snowshoe After the Blizzard 2013

After the blizzard I went out for a snowshoe and a hot chocolate. The temperature was -6 C with a windchill of -16. I parked at Maskwa Aquatic Club on Kearney Lake and  hiked up into the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area.

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I used my GV snowshoes, which I have had for many years, and my new Leki trekking poles to travel. I found some shelter on a ridgeline above Charlies Lake and used my Flopsy and Mopsy stove from Smokeeater908 and my Snow Peak 600 to heat up my Swiss Miss chocolate. For me Swiss Miss is a treat that I stock up on every trip I take to the US.