ADMIRAL LAKE LOOP TRAIL
Trail length: 14.5km round trip
Season: Spring to Fall
Phone location: The nearest phone is at the Wind River Bed and Breakfast which is
beside the Musquodoboit Trailway at 0.75km at the end of Bayers
Cell phone: Coverage has been checked for most of the trail. Towers are present
on Jerusalam Hill and coverage is excellent wherever these can be
seen. Coverage is spotty on the eastern slopes of the ridge lands
along the Admiral Lake Loop Trail.
From Dartmouth, take highway 107, then highway 7 to Musquodoboit Harbour. From the Harbour
take highway 357 north to Park Road, then trun right to the trailhead parking lot opposite
the arena. Take the Musquodoboit Trailway to the Admiral Lake Loop trailhead at 1.7km.
Walking: Y Hiking: Y
Mountain Biking: N XCountry Ski: N
ATV: N Horse: N
Snowmobile: N Coastal: N
Loop: N Wheelchair: N
Wheelchair Assisted: N
The Admiral Lake Loop Trail originates at 1.7km along the Musquodoboit Trailway. The trail
climbs into an open area of blueberry bushes and low saplings, reminders of the 1973 forest
fires that swept through this area. On your left, a 600m (return) side trail leads to a local
landmark, Skull Rock. The main Admiral Lake Loop continues to the right, leaving the burn
area behind to climb steeply through mossy woods to another popular lookoff, Rolling Stone
(named for the boulder perched precariously on its top). From there and the nearby Harbour
lookoff, hikers are afforded spectacular views of the forests, harbour and coastal waters as
far south as Lawrencetown. Descending from the Harbour lookoff, the loop trail passes through
a tallus cave where a large rock has fallen from a cliff leaving a natrual archway. Returning
to the burn area, the path climbs gradually towards the Admiral Lake Lookoff. From here you
can enjoy an 180° panorama over the White Lake Wilderness Area, and island-studded Admiral Lake.
Below this high point, the trail returns to the mature woods, skirting Eunice Lake alongside a
cliff, before winding its way to a lookoff, Jessie's Diner, which overlooks Bayer Lake and
the Musquodoboit River. Next, you return to the main trailway below Jessie's Diner at 7.3km.