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Amazing views ....

It's a steep 4km uphill with wooden steps to assist along the trail.then it's a gentle slope going... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ottawa, Canada
Hard hike great view at the end!

My husband and I had limited time so this was one of two hikes we chose. This hike took us three... read more

Reviewed September 8, 2018
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Dingwall, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a steep 4km uphill with wooden steps to assist along the trail.then it's a gentle slope going down. It's a sunny hike so make sure you have sunscreen, hat and water! As you peak the top make sure you look behind for views too....More

1  Thank 5000traveller
Reviewed September 8, 2018

My husband and I had limited time so this was one of two hikes we chose. This hike took us three hours but the we also ate lunch at the top. This hike is rated hard and I can see why. The 4km trail in...More

Thank Bleuberrie
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

We did this hike in 30 degree weather, but so worth it! 7.5km return..easy to follow trail with wooden platforms to walk on as well. The view is amazing!!

Thank Courtney M
Reviewed August 16, 2018

This was a pretty steep climb. The views were okay. The river was dried out so we didn't have a chance to see that. The day we went it was pouring rain and the rocks and the stairs became even more slippery which was very...More

Thank Abhigna R
Reviewed July 8, 2018

A good mix of gentle climbs, a few challenging spots, a beautiful view at the top and fairly mellow descent made this a great first hike for us to start our adventure in the Highlands Forest. And for those on the lookout there is a...More

Thank fatfranny
Reviewed May 22, 2018

Before I begin my review, make sure you check out my YouTube video of this location at Josh the Travel Guy! Franey is a great trail. It's about 7 kms long and will take the average hiker 2-3 hours. The trail is rated hard, although...More

3  Thank Baltzer
Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

There are two path to get to the top. I recommend to take the upper path on the map to climb up then take the other path to climb down. It took about an hour and a half to climb up then another an hour...More

Thank Koziro K
Reviewed August 17, 2017 via mobile

According to the map it's one on the more difficult hikes in the area but with a bit of stamina it should be no problem. Except for the lower lookout spot at the top the path is never exposed or in any way dangerous. We...More

Thank Jean-Pierre M
Reviewed August 2, 2017

The caveat to this review is that my husband and I have done a lot of beautiful hikes. This hike didn't really impress us. The view from the top (there's only one viewpoint) is nice, but I'm not sure it's worth the hike up there...More

Thank Erin M
Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

Great hiking trail, going straight up to the peak of the mountain. Enjoyed every moment when I got to see the fantastic view from up on top. Definitely worth it.

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sharon s
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Response from CynthiaMargaret | Reviewed this property |
HI, Franey is very steep, not a long hike up maybe an hour or less with great views at the top. I dont recall 2 trails to take up, we hiked up the main trail and then took a very rocky riverbed type trail down because it was... More