Crowbar Lake Hiking Trail System

Crowbar Lake Wilderness Association

Record #: NST0047
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023
Last Full Update: 09 Nov 2023


Located In Halifax Regional Municipality
Where To Find Us
1800 Myra Road
Porters Lake, NS
Areas Served Halifax Regional Municipality


Contact Sean Cassidy / Erica Doucet / Bonnie Sutherland / Tim Brooks, President / Vice-President / Secretary / Treasurer, Crowbar Lake Wilderness Association; Email:
Mailing Address c/o Sean Cassidy
Volunteers Wanted (Email)
Volunteers Wanted! Susie Cargill, Crowbar Lake Wilderness Association; Email:
Volunteer Opportunity Trail clearing, trail maintenance, website builder, facebook page coordinator, fundraiser, grants writer

Description & Services

Nearest Community With Services Porters Lake
Trail Surface Natural, rocky
Trail Activities Hiking ; Trail Running ; Walking ; Snowshoeing ; Bird Watching ; Nature Viewing ; Dog Walking (on leash)
Trail Attributes Out & Back (Linear) Trail ; Loop Trail ; Wilderness/Backcountry Trail ; No Winter Maintenance (Use Caution) ; Uneven Terrain ; Steep Slopes ; Scenic View ; Poor or No Cellphone
Facilities Near Trail Parking Available
Information Crowbar Lake Hiking Trails are 16.5km of wilderness hiking trails arranged in a number of loops. The trails access the Waverley Salmon River Long Lake Wilderness Area east of metropolitan Halifax. Being situated within a wilderness area, the Crowbar Lake Hiking Trails allow users to enjoy scenic vistas and unspoiled lakes and waterways.  
The trail is constructed across a rugged granite ridge landscape and, as such, offers a demanding challenge. The multiple loops of the trail allow for various routes of increasing challenge and can range from 1 hour to a full day to navigate. 
Crowbar Lake Hiking Trails is accessed from a sole trailhead; the parking lot is located at 1800 Myra Road, Porter's Lake. 
Porters Lake Loop
From the trail head at Myra Road, the trail climbs gradually through mixed forest and skirts a beautiful small lake, with boardwalk and a bench at about 400m. From here, hikers can complete the 1.6km Porters Lake Loop, which begins and ends at the lake. Views from the top of this loop reveal Porters Lake and its eastern slopes. Part of the forest here and elsewhere along the trial system bear dramatic evidence of Hurricane Juan. 
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Spriggs Brook Trail
From the crest of Porters Lake Loop, hikers may continue west, 1.5km, to the bridge at Spriggs Brook, and another 1km to Granite Lake. The route offers views of distant Granite Lake and Stillwater sections of Spriggs Brook, and passes through older, mixed pine forest showing scars of long-ago forest fires. 
West Lake Loop
For the more adventurous, the trail continues past Granite Lake to the West Lake Loop. The fist view of West Lake is about 450m west of Granite Lake, from the top of a large, barren hill-top. From this hill, hikers can travel about 4km around the West Lake Loop, either clockwise or counter-clockwise. This loop offers intimate views of the lake and more expansive views from high granite exposures. 
Salmon River Loop
The most ambitious route extends West Lake Loop, westward, to Salmon River and Crowbar Lake. Watch for trail junctions at the northwest and southwest ends of West Lake Loop. Traveling counter-clockwise, hikers will climb a large hill northwest of West Lake, onto a jack pine barren. The barren reveals an expansive landscape of wilderness forest and lakes, looking northwest, towards crowbar and Salmon River Long Lakes. The trail then descends to Crowbar Lake through older spruce-hemlock forest.  
At Crowbar Lake, the trail follows the scenic salmon River, downstream, and then along Otter Lake. Once past Otter Lake, the trail swings back towards West Lake, with a choice of two routes. The longer route offers additional, high viewpoints. Once back at the junction with the West Lake Loop, don't miss the exquisite "Crows Nest" viewpoint off a granite knob right above that junction. 
PLEASE NOTE: This is a wilderness trail and there are no amenities along the trail or at the trailhead. Cell phone coverage is spotty depending on the terrain and service provider. Leave only footprints, take only photos and memories.  
Crowbar Lake Hiking Trails is not maintained during the winter months; expect icy conditions. Some hikers may be familiar with the long-established trail along Salmon River, now part of the Crowbar Lake trail system. This route has long been a favourite with anglers and hikers, with access off River Drive, Lake Echo. River Drive is now recognized as a private road, and the upper parts of the road are not maintained and are in rough shape. Access to the trails is now only available on the Myra Road side of the trail network.
Dates No Winter Maintenance

Special Information

Tags NS Trail Guide ; Recreation Categories
Categories - General Hiking Trails