Some hikers are upset with the amount of garbage left behind on one of Cape Breton's most popular back-country trails.

Pollett's Cove attracts hundreds of visitors every year. Some leave behind more than footprints.

“There are two main ways into Pollett's Cove: either you hike through the mountains or you sail in by boat,” said Corey Mosher, who hikes the route about twice a year. 

'No one wants to hike through and see toilet tissue hanging in the trees.' - Corey Mosher

When he hikes it at the start of summer, it’s a clean wilderness. But trash builds up throughout the season, leaving it untidy come the fall.

"Some hikers I'll say are not as considerate as others and with that in mind they do leave trash, debris or even camp stoves or fuel, or even simple things like pots and pans,” he said.

He blames laziness for hikers leaving gear in the woods of northern Cape Breton.

"It's gross and disgusting. No one wants to hike through and see toilet tissue hanging in the trees, or nobody wants to accidently step in human waste,” he added.

Brendan Pon lives in New Zealand, but hiked into the cove when he was in Nova Scotia. He said he was “astonished” at the amount of garbage on the trail.

He hiked past boxes filled with garbage, and boots hanging from trees. 

Pollett's Cove is private land owned by Cape Breton native Matthew Moore. CBC news wasn't able to reach him for comment.