Crowbar Hiking Trails

We talk about finding wilderness trails not far from the city, yet we don’t mention the Crowbar Hiking Trail system, just next to Porters Lake, barely a 20 min drive from downtown Halifax.

This was a 6k out & back along the Porters Lake & Spriggs Brook trail until the bridge to cross the stream.

The plan was to make it to the West Lake trail junction. One of the things you’ll note when entering these trails is that it is pure wilderness. The terrain, doesn’t appear to be tough, but as you add the kms, the terrain slowly beats you down.

We opted to come here in the fall as the bugs are mostly gone and it was pretty dry summer, so many of the wet spots were dry as a bone. This made things easy going.

The biggest attraction along this trail is the granite landscape and the barrens forest peeking. Only a few sights can be had along the trail. You will reach a lookout point after 2k and the trail slowly gets better and wider the closer to the Spriggs Brook bridge.

After 90min to reach the bridge, we opted to turn back. 3 hours for 6k is quite the trek, The most deceiving part is that there are a lot of elevation. It seems you are going up hill both ways.

The parking lot can place a dozen cars and cell phone reception is very spotty along the trail.

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0 responses to “Crowbar Hiking Trails”

  1. kgriffon Avatar

    thecyr I’ve been using the River Rd access point to reach Porcupine Lake long before the trail system existed, so I guess I do! Old habits.

  2. iainallen05 Avatar

    thecyr It is preferred by many of us in HAS as the way to get in if you have the right car to get up the road. Much easier to the loops.

  3. thecyr Avatar

    iainallen05 ahhhh that’s what I wondered.

  4. iainallen05 Avatar

    thecyr I just hope if they ever improve that road that it doesn’t encourage more dumping of garbage that is commonly seen these days… 🙁

  5. BarryPerrault Avatar

    i thought the exact same thing the couple of times I’ve been out there – it feels like uphill in both directions .