News & Events:
Events Happening on September 26, 2020
Title: Hiking the Gully Lake Wilderness Area
Summary: Come join us as we hike to the famous Gully Lake, the namesake of the Gully Lake Wilderness Area
Time: Hike starts about 10:00 AM so please arrive at 9:30 to get registered and oriented.
Location: Meet at the Juniper Head trailhead
Details: This is a 12 km return, out and back hike. We will enter on the Juniper Head Trail and turn right when we got to the Gully Lake Trail. Lets plan on lunch at the lake. Juniper Head Trail, 3.3 km long, starts on the Glen Road off Route 4 in Dalhousie Mountain, Pictou County. It is set in an immature spruce wood and an old sugar maple and yellow birch wood and has many old forest lichens. It passes old skidder roads, brooks, and ends at Juniper Brook and the Gully Lake Trail. It is the most level of the CE-TS trails. We will also be hiking about 2.5 km of the Gully Lake loop. This trail has sugar maple, red spruce and white spruce woods, and a huge variety of lichens, mosses, and wildflowers - testament to the lack of pollution in the protected wilderness area. Meet at the Juniper Head trailhead at 0930 am on Saturday, September 26 with a rain date of Sunday, September 27. We will start the hike about 1000 am so please arrive at 930 to get registered and oriented. Directions to the Juniper Head Trail head: Coming from Truro, Halifax, Amherst, and New Glasgow: Take route 104 to the Mount Thom exit 18A. Cross over to route 4 and take a right (Rt. 4 East). Drive 5.4 km to Glen Road and take left onto Glen Road. Drive 3.7 km north (1 km beyond the Bezanson Cem.) to Juniper Head Trail. (If you see the Van der Veen Road, you have driven 0.2 km too far.) Coming from Pictou, Scotsburn, River John, and Tatamagouche: Take route 256 to West Branch and turn onto the Loganville Road. Drive 3.4 km and turn right onto Marshall Road. Drive 8.6 km to Juniper Head Trail (It is across from the Dalhousie Wind Farm, beyond a blueberry field, and 0.2 km beyond Van der Veen Road.) Wear sturdy footwear for the rocky ground. Bring water and lunch. Bring a bag to pack out your own trash including your used tp. Bring one more insulating layer than you think you might need as well as rain gear if the weather report indicates. Please do not wear any cotton clothing. WEAR HUNTER ORANGE to be safe. For questions contact Ginny Guthrie at 902-814-4416 or Registration is required to manage the number of participants and physical distancing will be required as well.

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