The morning today was cold and gray, but dry, so I set out on my first hike with the Chebucto hiking club. We climbed Blue Mountain. What a fabulous view! A 360 degree view from a summit of about 500 ft.. You can see all the way to Halifax Harbour and inland to Fall River.
We went into the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness area. Located past Bedford the area is about 10 km from downtown Halifax. There are no posted trails so having someone show you the way is certainly the easiest way to get there. Subdivision developments are crowding the neighbouring area and finding a public access point is important since traipsing over private property is not always welcomed. Old logging roads provide easy access within some parts of the wilderness area. In fact, there are enough that finding your way can be a bit confusing!
The trail we followed up Blue Mountain is undeveloped, quite uneven and rocky and showing signs of erosion; some parts are actually water courses.