Friday, 16 January 2015

Glengarry Valley, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
N 45° 55.252 W 060° 23.858
UTM: 20T E701792 N5088549

RIVER: MacIsaacs Brook
CLASS: multiple stage steep cascades
SIZE: 5,15 30,8 ft
PITCH: 70 deg
RATING: excellent (*****)

PK: 45 N 55.213  60 W 23.966TRAIL: ATV-trail, bushwhack and downstream hike, some scrambling
HIKING TIME: 10 minutes
CONDITIONS: ATV-trail, short bushwhack, steep sections 

GC3W0BA (660m south) 

NS Atlas Page: 24/W2

NS topo map: 011F16 (Mira River)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from Sydney, follow HWY4 south (towards St. Peter's) for 31.5  km to the community of Big Pond and turn left onto Glengarry Rd. The road is not well signed, keep an eye out for it at the base of the hill once you are within the 60km/h zone. Follow this road 900m and keep to the right to remain to Glengarry Road. A further 11.2km will bring you to the parking coordinates. This is a reasonably well maintained road, despite its length, but be aware that there is no cell service this far out.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: from the parking coordinates, continue hiking straight along the old road. The bridge over MacIsaacs Brook has long since been destroyed, but makes an easy clear descent towards the brook. Follow the stream down a short distance to where a frothy chute channels the brook into a narrow whitewater cauldron before tossing it over a twin fall of approximately 15 feet in height. You can navigate the left side of these falls easily in low water to get good photographs. This feature is immediately followed by a larger drop of nearly 30 feet into a shallow pool, and finally an 8 foot drop before the brook continues along. 

There are further falls downstream, GC4BGB2 (about 1km further along downstream) basically marks the end of the whole system with a reportedly 5 or 6 further falls along this brook, of shorter stature, and a few along the tributary stream, Mineral Springs Brook.