This trail was challenging and exhilarating all at the same time. The first day we hiked 12 ish from visitors center to Refugee. There were 3 climbs and descents that were said to be 45 degrees steep and one km in length each way. It was a long, slow zigzag descent and an even slower ascent on the other side. With each down we knew there was an up coming. Honestly, I'd rather go up than down.
Day 2 -we hiked 8ish km from Refugee to Big Bald Brooke. It was a spectacular day and absolutely beautiful scenery. There were some ups and downs, but not like day 1. The camp sites at big bald were lovely and we cooled off and cleaned up in the brooke right beside our camp site.
Day 3- we planned on hiking to Seal Cove (7 km) but things changed and we decided to boogy out to Eatonville where were parked a car. Day 3 was rainy and foggy in the morning. However, even with the fog it was obvious that the views would be sellar on a clear day.
TIPs: not for the faint of mind or heart.
TIP 2: take electrolyte drink or tabs to replenish what was lost in sweat
TIP 3: purify all water!!!
TIP 4: Be sure to hang food in a tree. 10' high, 5' out from the tree to avoid bears thinking you are the restaurant.

Above all... SMILE and enjoy

backpacking
12 days ago

One of the best backpacking trips we've done!

Two and a half days of travel. This was a great excursion for my buddies and I. Challenging but amazing look offs.

"Task......Reward"

-Justin

Beautiful Trail! The looped trail offers amazing backcountry camping without having to retrace your steps. New and amazing views every day. Did the full loop hike in 3 days and 2 nights. But for a relaxing pace and to have more 'down time' at your camping spots, I suggest 4 days and 3 nights. The best spots to stop for the night are Refugee Cove and Seal Cove. I have hiked the full trail in both July and August, both times water supplies were plentiful.

backpacking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail back in 2013 as soon as it was open with my husband. It was quite challenging with gear and took us 5 nights and 6 days.
We enjoyed the trip a lot. Plenty of chances to see the ocean and take pictures.

hiked for 3 beautiful days at the end of September. Perfect time of year for this trail. keep your energy levels up:-)

backpacking
10 months ago

Just finished a five night, six day backpacking trip on this trail. It can be done in as little as three days. I took my time to see this beautiful coastal trail and met some amazing hikers along the trip. This is by far one of the best backpacking trails in Atlantic Canada. The trail is well marked and has plenty of streams and brooks so you never have to worry about drinking water. Water treatment is required ie: Tablets, water filtration pump. The tent sites are very well placed from the main trail and all have access to running streams to outdoor toilets. The trail can be challenging at times, but never extreme. The trails goes from Beautiful moss covered forests floors to amazing coastal views. This is a must see for anyone looking for minimally untouched wilderness. Simply amazing!

We had a great time just my husband and I. We did the trail in 3 days, two nights. It was quite the workout. Lots of ups and downs. The first day we hiked 20.8 Km. It was the hardest day. Climbing with a full heavy backpack and water. We stayed at little bald rock. Couldn't make it to big bald rock, it was getting late and wanted to setup camp before dark. The second day we hiked 16.09 Km . It was challenging at times, but we were able to have a few longer stops which one included a swim in the cold bay. It was great! We stayed at Seal Cove. Beautiful beach site where guided kayak tours stays overnight. Our third day hike was 22.2 Km.
The hardest day was day one. We say lots of wildlife and slept under the sounds of waves and squirrels chirping.
Our GPS and cell phone died throughout the trail, and off/on cloudy days prevented our solar charger to help us keep a full tracking of our journey.
We plan to do it again soon, but in 4 days,3 nights, so we can enjoy our evenings. This trip was done more as a workout trip, and by 8pm we were dead tired in bed for the night.

hiking
Monday, February 01, 2016

Beautiful !

hiking
Sunday, September 14, 2014

hiking
Sunday, September 29, 2013

Great hike, nice trails, might be rough for beginners, lots of up and down hills some quite steep, views are breathtaking. Went there unprepared, if i go again will def bring tent and sleep 1-2 nights to see as much as possible.