In Richmond County, the 14km Pringle Mountain Trail is open to hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. This trail climbs steadily along what used to be a provincial road during the 1940s. You will see mainly spruce and a few alders until you come to a junction at 200 metres. If you go right, you will come to an area where a grist mill once existed. If you continue uphill the path becomes rocky. At times it may be difficult to recognize the trail because it resembles a creek; but it always manages to turn back into a trail that looks like an old woods road.
When you reach 2 km you will come to a bridge. If you take a left before the bridge you can visit Pringles Lake. If you choose to cross the bridge (with caution because it is not maintained) you can take a right and stop at an open grassy area. You will notice fire pits at this area. Some may decide to stop here.
You can continue along the trail which can be very wet in spots. The road widens and is relatively flat. You will see various hardwood and tamarack until you reach a junction at 3.5 km which can turn right to McDonald Lake. This is the most desirable place to turn around. If you continue straight, it begins to descend and does not really lead anywhere. This is a point to point trail so once you reach McDonalds Lake, you can turn around and return to your car.
Directions from the Canso Causeway: drive 53 km (33 miles) along Highway 104 and 4 to St. Peters.
Directions from Sydney: drive 88 km along Highway 4 to Sydney. Turn off hwy 4 in St. Peters Village by Parkers Restaurant toward Oban, French Cove, The Points, and follow for 25 km. Reaching the Points West Bay, look for a small unnamed bridge crossing Pringle Brook. An entrance to the old road is 100 Metres before the bridge on the left between it and the MacLean residence. Trail entrance is a bit difficult to locate but it is located to the left of a white house.
Overall, Pringle Mountain Trail is the 12th most popular cross country ski area of all 13 Nordic ski destinations in Nova Scotia.
Local Contacts: NS Department of Natural Resources Lloyd MacDonald (902) 535-2032; Nova Scotia Tourism (800) 565-2627; Canadian Tourism (800) 577-2266.
Date Published: 12/31/2015
Date Updated: 8/16/2016
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