Monday, 19 January 2015

MacINTOSH BROOK FALLS
Island View, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
N 45° 58.278 W 060° 31.002
UTM: 20T E692385 N5093857




RIVER: MacIntosh Brook
CLASS: steep cascades
SIZE: 35 ft
PITCH: 60 deg
RATING: excellent (*****)

PK: 45 N 57.933  60 W 31.217
TRAIL:brookslogging
DISTANCE: 950m
HIKING TIME: 1 hour
CONDITIONS: soggy

Geocache: 
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NS Atlas Page: 25/Z1

NS topo map: 011F15 (Grand Narrows)


DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from Sydney, follow HWY4 southeast (towards Big Pond/St.Peter's) approximately 13km and turn right onto HWY 216E (signed for Eskasoni/Grand Narrows/Iona). Follow this highway for 15.3km, watching for a large turn-out on the right side of the road. Park here (there is room for several vehicles).


TRAIL DESCRIPTION: also known as Island View Falls, these falls were made popular by Michael Haynes book "Hiking Trails of Cape Breton", wherein it was titled "Up the Brook to MacIntosh Falls", the hike in is self-explanatory. During low water levels, the brook is easy walking with very few spots that are worse than calf-deep. A popular destination, there are several pools to sit in along these tiered falls, but quite often, is also quite a busy location.