Every year in the hiking season from May to October I like to do a new-to-me hike; searching for one with a bonus factor - that might be longer distance, challenging elevation, spectacular location and beauty, special hiking companions, etc.
With all the Covid circumstances of this 2020 season: for me this also included two 14-day self-isolation periods after family visits and returning to the Maritime bubble where I live - September 1st arrived and I still hadn't done 'the hike'. And I didn't have one planned!
The inspiration came from a hiker on FaceBook. I've done a few hikes in the Cape Breton Highlands, but hadn't previously heard of Pollett's Cove. A quick Wiki search: "Pollett's Cove is a wilderness estuary on the northwest coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It is accessible only by boat or on foot via an arduous 10 km hike along the coastline from Pleasant Bay, heading north."
A search for Pollett's Cove in my AllTrails App was the clincher.
I was in. So was Janice, a friend with whom I've logged many miles and with compatibility in energy and enthusiasm.
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Stopped for this photo on our return. I totally loved this trail: an arduous trek with rewards of spectacular views that never end.
To get to the trailhead. From Pleasant Bay (located on the Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia), drive towards Red River for 5k - this is a paved road - and continue on the gravel road for another 4k. A little ways beyond this Pollett's Cove sign is a parking area, clearly marked so as not to block the route to the trail and turnaround traffic, i.e, as we were parking our car a school bus used this turnaround.
Maybe another time my husband @hammerhead and I will take our overnight gear. Typically in the summer months there are horses grazing in the area, which I didn't see this time around.
A view from the barren headland on the other side of the Cove (you can barely see the swing from a previous photo). We walked a little upriver to find large enough rocks and a couple logs that served as a bridge. Good to know there's fresh water for overnight camping which many hiker plan for this hike. There's an abundance of rock circles for fires that other campers have made - much of the readily accessible firewood small enough for fire starting has been used but there's lots of driftwood on the shore.