Deciding to do this hike was a matter of opening a 'Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality' guidebook and flipping through the pages until I found something interesting that was at least 10K. This Admiral Lake Loop was 'bang on' the distance and rated at "possibly the most challenging in the book" (a detail I filtered through an understanding of the rating standard). My husband @hammerhead and I loved it. A great mix of boulders, ups and downs, lookoffs with rewarding lake views and the Atlantic Ocean off in the distance. High clouds , a temperature hovering at the 0 degree mark, no wind - all in all this hike was a perfect Sunday afternoon solution for exploring a new hiking trail.
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This section of boulders - The Cave - reminded me of Mahoosuc Notch on the Appalachian Trail, except it was a matter of metres and not a mile! Quite a majestic and magical little section here with @hammerhead.