Fairmont Ridge trail is a set of six stacked loops that are go through a variety of terrain, varying from rock outcrops, gulleys and pastures to hardwood groves and bogs. Views are wonderful, and some routes (if you do all 11K in a single go) are somewhat of a challenge.
Designed by master trails builder Peter Jackson, and maintained by the Antigonish Hiking and Biking Association, the footpaths climb as high a point as 1200 feet. Wildlife is plentyful, and geological formations such as sink holes can be found near by. Infrastructure includes boardwalk sections and sturdy bridges.
Junction points are labeled, and loops named, along with posted topo maps showing your position. A compass may assist you in maintaining orientation, as I was confused my first time through.
The signage is excellent, and the trail conditions well maintained. Given the length, options, and vistas of this trail system, Fairmount Ridge is a must-do if you are in the area.
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Posted By: Sundowner
- Sun Jan 22 22:41:06 UTC 2012
UpsideGreat views of the Antigonish Harbour. Challenging hike at times with the inclining trail. Beautiful for a winter hike. Lots of spots to rest along the way. DownsideI would assume it can be quite damp at times during the wet seasons. This also results in ice during the winter. At times a bit slippery along the way. Be careful. CommentVery satisfying hike overall. Great views and a challenging incline.
Posted By: nutao
- Sat Nov 27 18:34:37 UTC 2010
UpsideTowering Hemlock forest, panoramic view overlooking Antigonish Harbour, active beaver activity. DownsideIN 09 the beaver activity of the first loop to the left resulted in flooded trail section and had to root hop to keep dry. CommentWell worth the effort to climb to the top loop for the view.
Added active GPS download
Posted By: telder
- Wed Jun 09 00:26:26 UTC 2010
QuestionI found this trail on your site. I am in the area, but when I try to download the gps it redirects me to a page which asks for the trail name and location,which I do from your info, and then it tells me the search had no results. Again, I found the trail on trailpeak' site.
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