Pringle Mountain is named after James Pringle who settled the Points
West Bay area in 1851, as is Pringle Harbour, Pringle Brook, Pringle
Island, and Pringle Lake. In the early 1900?s this area prospered in the
areas of agriculture, forestry, and livestock. The area was home to a
carding mill, a sawmill and, as you will find at the base of Pringle
Mountain, a grist mill (which once ground things such as grain).
trail leads up hill immediately, but don’t discourage, the trail levels
out after the first 2 km. You will find a fork in the trail at the base
of the mountain. The right trail visits the remains of an old
gristmill, located on the banks of Pringle Brook. Following the left
fork will take you up the mountain itself.
The main trail is
fairly easy to follow, but if you intend to visit Pringle Lake it may
take a little work. To get to the lake you take a left just before a
little bridge, located just after a clearing. Take the first offshoot
trail you find to the right. Following this trail will lead you to a
still water, which is connected to Pringle Lake by a small creek (the
lake can be reached by skirting the still water).
The area is used
a lot by fishermen, but is also a great place to go for a swim. Along
the edge of the lake you will find plenty of evidence of beavers (notice
all the chewed branches and twigs). If you keep your eyes open you may
be lucky enough to see one.
Back at the bridge, if you cross and
take a right, the trail will quickly end in a clearing used by many as a
base station when fishing. Just down the bank is a lovely view of the
The main trail continues, but for the perfect day of hiking
you need not look any farther then the lake (Pringle Lake is the
highlight of this hike).
|Trail Type||Lake, Mountain, Woodlan|