Saturday, September 13, 2014 – 5:45 am.
Sunrise on Jack Pine
Along this loop trail you will discover trees that grow in the cracks of rocks and need a forest fire to open the cones allowing them to grow! This Jack Pine forest, though common in Canada, is rare in Cape Breton. Interpretive panels tell the story of this area, beginning with a fire in 1921, a budworm infestation and the hardy vegetation that survives today in this harsh coastal environment. The effects of the wind, rain, sun, cold and salt all take their toll. If you want a longer hike, connect up with the Coastal Trail.
Trailhead: Turn off the Cabot Trail at the Black Brook day use area and turn left to the upper parking lot.
Significant Feature: Atlantic coastline
Length: 2.3 km (1.4 miles) loop
Hiking Time: 1 hour
Elevation: 0 – 50 m (0 – 165 ft.)
Jack Pine Trail Map – Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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