#CBUStaycation Challenge 24 – Hike the Kauzmann Trail

Adding the Kauzmann Trail to our #CBUStaycation Challenge List was a no-brainer after goCapeBreton’s Rory Andrews shed light on itThis is hiking “to the end of the earth” at its finest. The Kauzmann Trail is literally at the tip of Cape Breton, the most northern point, doesn’t that sound amazing? It is also said to be one of the Highland’s best kept secrets, which is why we are telling you to go do it! This trail is not as busy as the Skyline Trail is because it is difficult to find and has often only been found by Geocachers with the coordinates, so your visit will likely be private!

The Kauzmann Trail is still on our own personal summer bucket lists, yet to be completed. So, we leaned on some friends for instructions on what to expect and where to find the trail head!

Kauzmann Trail

Thanks to Kathleen MacLeod for sharing her pictures and trail knowledge!

What to expect:

  • The dirt road leading to the trail head is washed out in a few places, so it is not recommended you drive there in a low car – SUV/Trucks would be ideal
  • The hike itself is approximately a 2km hike, and is relatively flat
  • The “cliff” you will find at the top of the trail offers some of the most breathtaking views on the Island, but we advise you to take caution if taking small children. If you stay in the center of the cliff, you will stay safe and enjoy the scenery!

Where to find it:

  • The Kauzmann Trail is located between Bay Saint Lawrence and Sugar Loaf, and is approximately a 3 hour drive from Sydney
  • Here are the Google Map directions from Cape Breton University:

Google Map directions

  • There is cell service on the trail, so if you would prefer to route your own trip, find the trail head coordinates here.
  • If you see this, you’ve gone too far!

Power Line / Tower

  • There is a cairn (pile of rocks) marking the trail head and orange pylons marking the trail once you’re on it.

If you have any tips or hints for this hike (what to expect, where to find it, or other) Tweet at us @CBURoadSquad!


After you’ve completed this challenge, make sure you snap a picture and share it to qualify for the Ultimate #CBUStaycation Package, which includes:

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