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Skyline Trail
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Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Two options here, walk in to the lookout point and walk back or walk the full loop. We walked the full loop, around 9km. It's a pretty easy trail in terms of terrain. We were told at the visitor info booth the hike the trail counterclockwise for better views and we did that and liked it. The actual look out point is stunning!! Weather was clear for us but apparently not worth it if it's foggy as it was the prior day. We hoped to see a moose but no such luck :(

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Reviewed October 18, 2016

Great hike for all fitness levels. It was very well maintained and flat. We saw two moose (which was amazing!) and there was a coyote warning, which is something to be aware of. I loved seeing the Atlantic in its wild glory. It's a stunning place.

Thank ellabooray
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

Due to the construction going on here for a new parking lot, it is a 10 minute walk from the parking area to the start of the trail. We started the trail (doing the loop version) at 9:15 and finished at noon. The loop trail is 9.2 km (5.7 miles). After hiking the main trail that joins with the loop, we took the left side of the loop which takes you the most direct and easiest route to the boardwalks and look-offs. It was shortly after reading the information panel concerning beware of moose that we came across a large bull moose! This was at 9:30 a.m. He was munching away off to the left of the trail. We made sure he knew we were there as we slowly continued on the trail. After we were past him, we watched for awhile and he eventually crossed the trail. Incredible viewing, all by ourselves! At the boardwalks and look-offs you get superb views, especially on a gorgeous sunny day. We did think the panoramic view from Franey was better, but then it was rated Difficult by Parks Canada, whereas Skyline is rated Easy. Skyline is a more enjoyable trail than Franey and has more views during the hike. If you decide to do the Skyline loop hike, it's probably more scenic to take the right side going out as you get an expansive view of the ocean. Whereas, if you are doing this section on your way back (as we did), your back is to the ocean as you are hiking. We were about the third car in the parking area this morning (a Tuesday); when we left the parking area was really, really full and cars had to park farther away than we did. There are pit toilets in the parking area, at the trailhead, and one on the trail when you get close to the boardwalk and look-offs.

5  Thank TNKaz
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Reviewed October 17, 2016

The Skyline trail is probably the most popular attraction in Cape Breton Island Highlands National Park. It is located on the west side of the park. Since the sunset views are potentially spectacular, many recommend traveling through the park counterclockwise so that you arrive at the Skyline trail later in the afternoon. The parking lot was being revised when we visited but did not cause any discontent regarding the hike. The trail goes through small trees and grasslands/bogs and is fairly level. In areas where there are lots of trees, roots can cause a tripping hazard, so watch your step. After a short distance the trail splits into a right and left fork. If you take the right fork and come back the left you will cover 5.7 miles; whereas if you take the left fork and comeback the way you went, you will cover 4.7 miles. There was not really anything on the right fork to make it worthwhile for the extra mile. Both forks end at the overlook of the St Lawrence Sound, looking toward the west. There is also a nice view from there of the road coming in from Cheticamp and winding its way up the canyon that leads to the trailhead. If you want to experience the views of the sound from the right fork, you can back track a few hundred yards from the Sound overlook to get the feel of the trail. But this area is especially wrought with roots on the trail so if you pay attention to the view while walking you may well trip and fall flat on your face. The left hand trail also goes through more bogs and moose habitat and you're more likely to see a moose. While we didn't we missed by a minute seeing a cow and calf crossing the trail. If you pay attention on the left fork, you will see numerous animal trails. The overlook itself is pretty spectacular with staircases and viewing platforms that wend their way down the cliff for a variety of view. Walking back up this staircase is the most strenuous part of the hike. Otherwise, the trail is pretty flat. Also of note, the left fork is a more groomed trail and suitable, for the most part, if you had a stroller or such.

4  Thank Phildebr
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Reviewed October 17, 2016

We got up at 4am to drive to this trailhead and be the first on it. IT WAS AWESOME. We hiked it without difficulty and saw moose and lots of bear scat (but no actual bears). It was an exceptionally beautiful trail; well marked, easy to follow and lots to see.

Thank FranOHIO
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