The Most Definitive Guide to Hiking in New Brunswick
|Estimated Time||4 hrs 30 mins one-way|
|Surface Type||old road, forested|
|Elevation Change||310 meters|
|Trail Markers||black squares|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
|Dog Friendly||on a leash|
|Fees||park entrance - cash only|
|GPS File||available on request|
The Big Brook Trail starts by traveling along the shores of Bathurst Lake. There are beautiful views looking across at Pine Point. If you look closely you will see that this trail follows old roads. You will find left over items from a by-gone era where there were camps along the lake over 70 years ago. The trail crosses two beautiful, small streams before turning away from the lake. The trail turns into the Big Brook Valley towards Mount Carleton Peak.
As the trail enters the Big Brook Valley it follows an old road overlooking a wetland. Moose are very active in this area. The trail steadily climbs higher and eventually crosses a long bridge over Big Brook. The forest transitions from softwood and birch, to a beautiful hardwood ridge. The trail crosses the stream a few more times. The trail dips into a steep sided, mossy stream valley before climbing through a fir thicket. The trail then emerges onto the wide and well traveled Mount Carleton Trail.
For directions to the park go to the Mount Carleton Park page.
From the park entrance travel 1 km on the main park road then turn left towards the Armstrong Campground. Travel 12 km and you will come to a small loop road on the right. Park around this loop. You can access the road to Bathurst lake behind the gate at the back of the loop. Follow the access road for 250 meters and you will come to a small field overlooking Bathurst Lake. The trail enters the woods on the right.
You can access the other end of the trail from the east section of the Mount Carleton Trail, not far from Mount Carleton Peak.
Trail Last Hiked: May 22, 2017.
Page Last Updated: March 27, 2020.