The Most Definitive Guide to Hiking in New Brunswick
|Estimated Time||3 hours return|
|Surface Type||forested, old road|
|Elevation Change||324 meters|
|Features||peak, rocky outcrops|
|Trail Markers||orange and blue markers|
|Scenery Rating||must see|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
|Dog Friendly||on a leash|
|Fees||park entrance - cash only|
|GPS File||available on request|
The Mount Bailey Trail offers amazing views of the Mount Carleton Plateau. The views can be found on one of the steep, rocky outcrops on the eastern section of the trail, from the lookout near the trail junction at the top, or from the peak. From the Trail Junction to the peak the trail travels through a stunted birch forest that always reminds me of some type of hobbit forest.
The trail is steep in sections. It travels through a beautiful old hardwood forest. It is a bit of a scramble on the rocky outcrops. If you are not comfortable with the scramble you can bypass the rocky outcrops on the main trail.
At the peak there is a picnic table. From the peak you can see the peak of Mount Carleton. It's a ridge that rises above the plateau and if you look close you will see the lookout tower at the peak. Below you will see Bald Mountin Book. Look closely and you may see moose in the stream.
For directions to the park go to the Mount Carleton Park page.
From the front gate drive for 2.3 kilometres. On the way you will pass by the road to Armstrong Brook Campground. At 2.3 kilometres you will come into the field that is the group campground. On the other side of the field, just before the main road goes back into the trees, you will see the trail head on the right.
For a trail head further up the hill turn right onto the road in front of the trail head. Drive for 700 meters and you will see trail head on the left. There are several parking spots on the right.
Trail Last Hiked: May 21, 2017.
Page Last Updated: March 21, 2020.