Saturday, 17 January 2015

UPPER MacISAACS BROOK FALLS
Glengarry Valley, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
N 45° 55.394 W 060° 24.296
UTM: 20T E701218 N5088793



RIVER: MacIsaacs Brook
CLASS: steep cascades
SIZE: 40ft
PITCH: 80 deg
RATING: excellent (*****)

PK: 45 N 55.213  60 W 23.966
TRAIL: former logging road. woods trail, upstream scramble
DISTANCE: 600m
HIKING TIME: 30 minutes
CONDITIONS: moderate

Geocache: none
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.

(looking over the verge)

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: from the parking area, follow the old logging road that leads off to your left. This is easy walking on a course parallel to the brook below. When you cross below the power lines, watch for an established trail leading downhill on your right. Follow this to the brook and bushwhack (or brook-slog) your way up to these impressive falls. 

An 8ft plunge has carved out a rough pool which is immediately drained by an approximately 40 foot steep cascade towards the brook below. As you can see from the photo above, there is a nice little grassy area immediately below the falls that served as a nice little picnic spot. Along with its nearby partner, Middle MacIsaacs Brook Falls, this is a must see waterfall on the island of Cape Breton.