Charlie’s Lake Hike – Halifax, NS

Description
This is a great hiking area located at the entrance and parking lot for the Maskawa boat club (Kearney Lake Road) that leads into the Birch Cove Wilderness area and features well marked trails that access multiple areas of the “Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area” about .7 km from the trail head.

The trail begins on provincial land leased by Maskwa Aquatic Club and features plenty of parking at the trail head (91 Saskatoon Drive). Before you begin you may wish to get a map of the trails since there are many loops and trails that “criss cross” and you can end up doing circles if you are not familiar with the trail system. This is even more important if you are checking out the trails farther in such as Ash Lake and Fox Lake areas.

Terrain is varied and hilly with some of the more challenging hills in the Halifax region. There are trails that do not climb all the hills so it is really a matter of choice if you prefer to avoid some of the hills.

If you are looking for variety these trails offer a lot, passing through rocky pine forest, marshy wetlands, hardwood stands and granite plateaus and offering hill tops views, you won’t be bored with the range of terrain these trails pass through.
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Spider Lake Trail

Spider Lake trail is a series of interconnected trails mostly used by mountain bikes and ATV riders. That said, there are many “off shoots” and the main trail “Skull Trail” is a great single track ( no ATV’s)  that goes all the way back to Lake Major around the back side of Spider Lake. This is a great trail area with very scenic trails but can be very confusing to get on the hiking portion of the trails and avoid getting confused on the other trails especially in the first part of the trail system.

The best place to park is at the usual trail head on Marjorie Anne Drive and take the Spider Lake Trail northwards. The first part of the trail is an old road and is wide so it’s often used by ATV’s – it can be very muddy depending on weather conditions 🙁

Keep an eye out for a single track trail on the right after a kilometer ( approximately) and take that trail onto the Skull Trail and follow it northeast toward Lake Major – Once you are on the Skull Trail – Enjoy! – easily one of the nicest hikes in the HRM!.

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