MacIsaacs Glen Brook

MacIsaacs Glen Brook from the “White Bridge”
[#1] Photo 19 of 24: MacIsaacs Glen Brook from the “White Bridge”
Taken 2005 October 7 from the Cul Na Beinne (Beyond the Mountain) Trail
at the railed white bridge over MacIsaacs Glen Brook
GPS 46°08.76?′N 61°25.56?′W

This lovely singing brook descends from the plateau; the Trap à Mhathain (Bear Trap) Trail follows its course nearly all of the way from the top of the plateau down to the railed wooden bridge, painted white, on the Cul Na Beinne Trail, from which bridge this photo was taken. MacIsaacs Glen Brook continues on parallel to the Cul Na Beinne Trail for 0.7 km (0.4 mi), where it crosses under the trail beneath a much smaller unrailed bridge, about a ten minutes hike from the white bridge, to enter Mill Brook. Mill Brook then follows the Cul Na Beinne Trail to its end at the Mabou Post Road Trail Head, still singing merrily away until it crosses the Mabou Coal Mines road just beyond the Trail Head and eventually flows into the Gulf of St Lawrence through Finlay Point Harbour at Mabou Coal Mines.

The col where the Trap à Mhathain (Bear Trap) Trail and the Oir à Ghlinne (Edge of the Valley) Trail meet the Cul Na Beinne Trail is less than half a kilometer (but a good stiff climb) from the white bridge. The bridge has long been a favourite resting and picnic spot of mine, nestled as it is in a small glen surrounded by the Cape Mabou Highlands on all sides, and it has more than once served as a destination when I did not have enough time for a longer hike, but needed a Cape Mabou “fix”. The ruined foundations of at least one pioneer’s house can be seen in this glen by following for a short distance the footpath on the east side of a small brook that enters MacIsaacs Glen Brook just above the bridge. There were apparently other habitations along the Trap à Mhathain (Bear Trap) Trail as well.