Skye Mountain Cave

Skye Mountain Cave near Port Hawkesbury, NS


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
2 kms
1 hour
moderate
Hiking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Port Hawkesbury, NS
User Benlalonde
Deep in the woods of Skye Mountain, Cape Breton Island lays a well hidden cave. I had seen an old map describing an area as “cave” and I wanted to have a look myself. The old map even described the main brook as “cave brook”.

Setting off from the logging road, you enter a beech/birch combination forest. If you are in the right season, the edges of the logging road are loaded with wild blueberries. The trees are mature enough that walking is easy. There is almost no deadfall to go through. After only a few minutes of this type of forest, you come out to the edge of a ravine. The slopes of the ravine are covered mostly by evergreen trees. The slope of the ravine is moderate and is quickly over. Jump over the smallish brook (Cave Brook) at the bottom (about 6ft wide).

The cave is off a small tributary that feeds the brook you just have jumped over. Find the tributary and go upstream. Within about 200m you should see that the small tributary gets split up. Some of the water from this tributary meanders over and inside an opening in the hillside located just by the side of the tributary. Just beside the place where the water enters the hill, there is an opening large enough for someone to enter. The cave drops off about 4ft at this point. There is a lot of debris inside the cave as it being actively carved by the tributary.

Directions:

Highway 105 between Blue Mills and Iron Mines. Turn on the Skye Mountain Rd and continue until a secondary logging road located at 5091664.04 m N, 639738.91 m E. Park here and walk to the end of the logging road and enter the forest…




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