This day had been designated a road trip: enjoying the ocean view drive on the Sunrise Trail, exploring Earltown's (mini) farmer's market and the charming general store (https://www.facebook.com/downtownearltown/). But a hiking sign on the side of the road diverted my plan. My raincoat was in the car but not my hiking shoes. Thankfully the trail's ups and downs were minimal: though I I was quick to explain 'why the Birkenstocks' when I met a hiker trail. The shoes worked fine :-) I wouldn't have wanted to miss this surprise.
Noting a vehicle parked on the shoulder of Hiway #311 near Earltown, NS I did a u-turn to discover this trailhead sign. Curious about this hike I'd heard of through Hike Nova Scotia (https:http://www.hikenovascotia.ca/?fbclid=IwAR1KLtqcwb6C3eO1ifK85W-QMASqeKabq3KrctK4tm_FuBdGYyNN21IOOqo) I parked on the shoulder, and though there wasn't cell service here to contact anyone of my whereabouts I was certain there was at least one other person to make contact with on this out and back trail.
Keppoch Mountain - "a retired Downhill Ski Hill that's been redeveloped into a 4 season outdoor recreation area for Mountain Biking, Hiking, Trail Running, Snowshoeing, Alpine touring, & Coasting" (https://highlandconnect.cioc.ca/record/ACO0209).
Maybe there's a story behind this particular trail's name, East of Awesome. Whatever its origin, the quiet beauty through here is pretty stunning!