September 20, 2017
We love hearing about cool places to visit, so we also ask fans what we should go check out. While we can’t make it to all the suggested spots, we do try our best to check as many off the list as we can.
When Jan from A for Adventure suggested stopping in to Mount Carlton Provincial Park in New Brunswick, and went on to tell us about the exposed rock cliffs you have to hike, I was immediately interested. He went on to tell us that the Mt Carlton hike also took you to the highest summit in New Brunswick.
Our time in New Brunswick didn’t go exactly as planned either. When we got off the Confederation Bridge from PEI, the original plan was to explore the southern shore and surf the tidal bore in Muncton, SUP in Hopewell Rocks and do some whitewater kayaking in St. John at Reversing Falls before heading up north to the Arcadian Peninsula.
With our schedule running a little behind, we decided to just head north to the small island of Miscou and track down our next Sero Story (coming soon). With this, we were not able to see as much of New Brunswick as we first planned on, so we figured we might as well go to the top where we get the best view of the province.
The Mt. Carlton hike is a loop, you can do it either way. Going counter clockwise takes you up dual track and down single track. The park recommends going this way as they say it is “easier”. We went clockwise (and strongly recommend you do too).
Going clockwise, you start up a narrow covered trail, climbing slowly over roots. Boots with good ankle support come in handy here.
The trail continues to climb and eventually meets up with a small creek that stays beside you for a good portion of the climb. Eventually you hit a fork with the option of “easy” or “dangerous”. The choice was easy. DANGER!
The “danger” trail takes you straight up the peak, over large boulders and exposure. It is a bit of a tough climb but fun and beautiful. You start to get views of the summit and the “1 million trees” they claim you can see from the top on a clear day.
You eventually summit a small peak that gives you views of the top of Mt Carlton and the fire watch station that was used there from 1923 to the late 60’s. You drop down that peak and before you know it are walking the top ridge to the highest point in NB.
Upon arrival you are welcomed by an old fire watch station hut that provided us much needed shelter from the wind for lunch.
You quickly start heading down the peak and reach the duel track that takes you out. It is a pretty straight forward hike down a 4km stretch back to the parking lot.
- Dog friendly (on leash)
- $10/car to access the Provincial park
- Hike takes about 4 hours
- Recommend hiking the loop clockwise
- Wear boots with good ankle support
- Bring warm clothes/wind breaker for the summit
- Total loop is about 10km
- Camp sites available along route (we did not camp)
- Fresh water beach in the park to cool off on warm days