This is a description of a loop on the Crowbar trail system in the Salmon River Wilderness Area. This is the area that is closest to Dartmouth and also part of the original trails that have been developed for a while.
After crossing the stream you will see some trail markers. I made my way to the right but the first part (called lookoff loop)can be done on either side to reach the lookoff. By going to the right, you will get to the edge of a small lake quickly. The trail then turns to the left and tarts to climb a small hill. You are following a small rock wall (20ft) for a short while.
The forest for most of this trip is dominated by tall evergreen tress. There are so smaller deciduous trees. Also with elevation gain, the trees do change and become smaller as they are exposed to least favorable growth conditions. After walking on a level area and then a short descent you will begin the last climb to the lookoff point. The terrain is not too steep as my four year old made it up with no problem (descent can be a bit more tricky). At the summit you will walk on some granite ridge and finally to an area that is quite exposed and has a erratic block on the ridge (see picture). This is the lookoff point. You will see the camp below you as well.
Afterwards keep on the trail and at the Y intersection take a right for a longer trip or continue straight to come down the ridge and then back to your starting point. If you decide to continue for a longer trip, it will be well worth it. For a while afterward you are walking on the top of the ridge and on some more granitic rocks. As you are getting near a lake, you enter an evergreen forest and then make your way down the ridge to the edge of the lake. You cross the outlet of the lake and then kind of follow the edge of the lake. Then it’s back into the forest and a long climb to the top of another ridge. I remember seeing some pretty big boulders (25ft plus) during this hike and I think some of them were during this climb. At the top you get another viewpoint.
There is also another trail that links to your right in this area. This trail will lead you all the way to Porters Lake if you follow it. I did not follow this trail but rather continued towards Salmon River. After being at the top of the ridge you descend into the forest and back to the edge of the lake before again starting to gain elevation again. At the top of this next ridge there are some more large areas of exposed granitic rocks. The descent to the river was made difficult because of deadfalls. This has probably been cleared since the time I was there.
You finally make your way to the edge of a large rectangular lake. At this point you will follow the trail and lake downstream. There is also an unmarked trail that follows this lake upstream to the largest lake located upstream. This part of the trail has been in use for a longer time and is quite easy to follow. There are some magnificent evergreen trees in this area. There are also a few unofficial camping spots along the way especially near the stream that has a few rapids in it. This trail leads you back to the head of the lake where the camp is located.
Take highway 7 to Lake Echo and turn left on Circle Drive, and then turn left on Sunrise drive. This becomes River Rd. Drive all the way to the end of the road to an area by a scout camp. My track begins on river rd because I did the hike in March and the road was only plowed to my starting point. Walk along the lake by the scout camp on a trail and then cross the stream that flows into the lake using the rocks or small wood bridge (the bridge was broken last time I was there).
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Posted By: taigasail
- Sat Oct 01 08:42:20 EDT 2011
CommentPlease note that there should be no camping in this area. It is a wilderness reserve. Clearing an area to camp, campfires, etc., changes the intent of this trail. It is very close to Halifax, and will be subject to increasing traffic; so please preserve it as is. It is one of the most untouched and lovely trails in Metro. Thanks.
Posted By: 0jbrewer0
- Sat Jun 12 10:46:03 EDT 2010
Questionyou had mentioned that there was another lager trail system that proceeds to salmon river long lake in another section of this site, however i am not able to find such a trail. ANSWERS are in this forum: Salmon River Long Lake Trails?
Posted By: The Big X
- Sat Apr 10 22:03:41 EDT 2010
UpsideLots of variety - river, lakes, woods, exposed hilltops, great vistas
DownsideTrail head mentioned in directions is poorly marked on site - I had to ask some folks who happened to be in the area where exactly the trail started from this point. See below for specific directions.
CommentAn excellent hike that can be done in an afternoon. If it's the Salmon River Loop you want to explore, I highly recommend taking the clockwise route (as did I) because this way the most interesting features of the route will unfold during the return trip, saving the best for last. A counter-clockwise trek will get to the coolest parts of this loop much quicker, but the rest of the walk will be anti-climactic by comparison (although enjoyable and interesting in its own right, just not as impressive as the features experienced on the west side of the loop).
To get to the trail head mentioned in this trail's description you must find the Scout camp at the very end of River Rd. As you enter it's parking area, turn left and descend the grassy slop leading to the lake, then veer right and follow the path (some large trees have fallen over the original path, so an option here is to stick closer to the shoreline) until you come to the broken up wooden bridge over the creek that feeds Otter Lake. After that it is a short distance to the first trail map posted on a tree from which you can decide which way to go.
This Trail is actually part of a larger system of trails in the Salmon River Wilderness Area, which is listed separately as a different entry on this website.