Fundy National Park, Part 3: Moosehorn and Laverty Falls Trails
My last hike in Fundy National Park was a loop that connected the Moosehorn and Laverty Falls Trails. Though the weather had been in the mid-70s during the days, that morning felt quite chilly – though probably only around mid-40s – to my un-acclimated self, and I spent the first few miles with a couple layers on and my hair down to keep my neck warm. I started through the mixed forest, the trail steadily losing elevation as it approached the Broad River. Lush green sections full of moss and ferns alternated with sparser dry coniferous forest until the trail butted into the river. Breaking free of the shade it suddenly warmed up as I crawled my way upstream. The trail did actually follow the riverbed at some points but I took the liberty of climbing around boulders near the multiple waterfalls. A ranger had told me that many of the deep pools below the falls are popular swimming spots in the summer and I found multiple abandoned swimwear items that seemed to back up that claim. Only men’s trunks though – women are either much better at remembering their swimwear or they swim naked. I was still pretty chilly even though the sun was strong once I broke out of the forest so I did not swim. But the water did look tempting.
After hiking upriver a ways the forest turned to decidedly-less-scenic marsh for a stretch but then returned before the Moosehorn and Laverty Falls Trails met. Laverty Falls itself was a pretty great waterfall though my preference were the eroded boulders of the lower Broad River in the previous stretch of hike. After the falls, the trail was a quick maybe mile and a half uphill back to the trailhead.