Don’t let the title of the post deter you from this incredible spot. Yeah, we got lost. But we loved every minute of it.
The Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Trails are as beautiful as the name is long. A trail system is being developed in this pristine wilderness area adjacent to Kearney Lake. It’s already a popular area for boating, and now it’s being developed as an area for hiking (and dogventuring, of course).
We had the opportunity to hike some of the trails a few weeks ago, and we learned a few things. First of all, this is truly a spot for hiking. No crushed gravel or boardwalks here. Dress accordingly.
Second, pay attention to where you’re going. There are no trail markers (word on the street is they used to have some trail markers up, but the markers were not “up to code”, whatever that means!). So bring along one or more of the following: a charged cell phone, someone with a sense of direction, and a compass (guys, this is not a ridiculous suggestion considering iPhones have a built-in compass). DO NOT use Google Maps to help you navigate. The trails shown on Google Maps are not accurate, and will confuse you more than help you. Take it from me.
Third, take a minute to enjoy the scenery. You will not be disappointed. These trails are an incredible opportunity for Haligonians to enjoy pristine wilderness in our own backyard.*
*Did I steal this line from the website? Yes. But I stand behind it fully. THESE TRAILS ARE AWESOME.
Oh, and I met some lovely humans and dogs. We had an awesome fetch party at Kearney Lake. There are some great swimming spots here, but beware: the area is signed as on-leash only.
Happy #fetchfriday, everyone. Take some time to throw a ball, stick, sock or mitten for your BFF this weekend. I bet you’ll have just as much fun as they do.