Thursday, 2 August 2012

Ellershouse, Hants County
N 44° 54.654 W 064° 02.210
20T E 0418156 N 4973576

RIVER: Halls Lake Brook
CLASS: plunge
SIZE: 20'
RATING: average (**)

TRAIL: logging road/clearcut
HIKING TIME: 1 5 minutes
CONDITIONS: moderate


NS Atlas Page: 57/Z2
NS topo map: 021A16 (Windsor)

DIRECTIONS: from Windsor, take Exit 5 off HWY 101 and follow HWY 1 east to Hartville Road. Turn left up this road and drive 2.2km to a dirt road on your right, marked by the Hartville Quarry sign. Travel along this road, past the quarry workings, 2.8km to the second dirt road on your right. Continue down this road a further 2.8km to an old woods road at 44N54.957 64W02.312, to park. I f you have a high clearance vehicle, you can follow this road to its conclusion, some 400m along and park there.

Trail Description: follow the woods road to its conclusion and cross the small deadfall pile at its end, into the clearcut. Align yourself to the two large standing evergreens and aim for the second one. Once there, turn right towards the stream and pick your way down to the stream and the sound of the falls.

A smaller set of falls than the more popular Halls Lake Cove Falls downstream, these nevertheless have a certain appeal to them. A true plunge from stream level over a lip of bedrock into a small foam-filled pool, the water passes under large tumbled boulders in the stream bed to tumble a second time before cascading over moss covered stones.

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