Sunday, 11 January 2015

CAMPBELL LAKES BROOK FALLS (Beechmont Falls)
Beechmont, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
N 46° 02.789 W 060° 26.096 
UTM: 20T E698451 N5102411


RIVER: Campbell Lakes Brook
CLASS: sliding cascade
SIZE: 20 ft   
PITCH: 60 deg
RATING: average (***)

PK: 46 N 02.828  60 W 26.207
TRAIL: bushwhacking
DISTANCE: <100m span="">
HIKING TIME: 10 minutes
CONDITIONS: moderate

Geocache: none

NS Atlas Page: 14/V4
NS topo map: 011K01 (Sydney)


(long view of lower two thirds of the falls)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from Sydney, take EXIT6 off HWY125, south onto HWY4. Follow this road for 12.5km, turning right onto HWY 216E (signed for Eskasoni, Grand Narrows and Iona). Drive 1.9km and take the first right onto Gillis Lake Road. Continue on this dirt road for 5.1km and then turn left onto Beechmont Rd. Continue another 2.7km to where Campbell Lakes Brook flows under the road and park well off the side of the road. 


TRAIL DESCRIPTION: follow the brook downstream. There isn't really much of a trail here, so follow the path of least resistance. You will approach the falls from the top as the brook rounds a corner. This is a three tiered fall, first plunging approximately three feet and then dropping in a sliding cascade about twelve feet high over an inclined sheet of bedrock into a pool before dropping another 6-8 feet again thru a deadfall choked cascade.