Sugarloaf Mountain TrailSugarloaf Provincial Park
|1 hr return
|on a leash
From the east is the quickest way to access the trail. To access the trail from the east take exit 412 on Route 11. Turn towards the Hospital on the Promenage des Religeuses Hospitalieres de Saint-Joseph. Travel another 400 meters then turn left when the road branches. Keep left and go around the hospital. After 800 meters you should see a small parking area on your left. The trail starts into the woods just beyond the parking lot. Follow the trail for 180 meters until you come to the T junction with the Terry Fox Trail. Turn left and follow the trail for 200 meters. You will find the trail head for the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail on your right.
To access the trail from the west take exit 415 on Route 11 to Atholville/Campbellton/Sugarloaf Park. Turn towards Sugarloaf Park on Val D'Amour Road and travel 600 meters around a turn. The entrance to the park is to your left. Enter the park and take the first left just past the entrance. Take the next left after another 280 meters. This road dead ends in another 150 meters at the trail head for the Terry Fox Trail. Shortly after the start of the Terry Fox trail it T's at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain and circles the mountain in either direction. The trail head for the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail is on the opposite side of the mountain so start walking.
The trail climbs steeply and continually towards the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain along a ridge. There are some rocky sections, but while the trail is strenuous, it is not technically difficult. One steep section has a unique steel runged ladder on a slant that is used as a type of stairs. The steel rungs can be a bit slippery so there is a grate underneath so your feet don't slip off. At about half way up the mountain there are some look offs to the north towards Campbellton and to the south towards the park. The trail emerges from trees at the top of the mountain and its a short climb up over the rocky peak to the lookout. The lookout juts out from the rocky top and provides unfettered views of the city of Campbellton, Pointe-à-la-Croix across the bridge in Quebec, the Restigouche River flowing into the Baie des Chaleurs, and the Gaspé (Quebec) Coast. Sugarloaf Mountain is 305 meters high (1000 ft).
Sugarloaf Mountain is an ancient volcano that dates back 409 million years ago and is one of the oldest mountains in North America. For more interesting history of Sugarloaf Mountain go to the park link below.
Trail Last Hiked: November 20, 2013.
Page Last Updated: November 23, 2013.