Last winter was my third trip to this amazing place. Every year it has gotten busier and busier! I remember the first time we went, we were basically blazing a trail through 4 feet of snow and had to do like 15 brook crossings, risking a “soaker” each time (or it felt like that!). The second time it was super icy and we ended up climbing up pretty high in the gorge, hanging onto trees for dear life. People told us we wouldn’t make it, which is probably why we did. :) We also had a hard time finding the left turn the first two times - always an adventure!
The last time I went (March 2017), the trail was super easy to follow as so many people had been there before us! And they made the brook crossing a breeze. Although there is something nice about untouched areas, it was awesome to see that people have been getting out to Explore NB. :)
The trail head starts on Parlee Brook Road. The road out there is super interesting with strange houses and the you park right near was is called “The Abbey”, or as I like to call it, the gingerbread house.
I would say the trail is moderate overall. The first half is up a fairly steep ATV trail. You go through two "4-ways" and get pretty high by the end. You then descend to this little lake:
And pass this cute cabin on your left:
After another mmmm . . . 10 minutes, the trail takes a left into the woods at a funky looking tree. Last year there were orange markers and like I said, the trail was obvious from previous tracks.
This is where you have to maneuver around a brook, and depending on the year and how early you go, you may need to carve your own path or hopefully follow someone else’s.
After about a half hour down this section you’ll arrive!!
Isn’t that amazing? It seems so random!
We were able to get up into a little cave spot in the ice wall. It may not have been the safest choice, but what a great view!
Well, that's it! Grab your hot chocolate and snacks, grab some pics . . .
And grab your garbage on the way out.
Parlee Brook - a super fun winter ADVENTURE - you never know what you’re gonna get!
For more specific directions, I'd like to direct you to Hiking NB, as usual!
Update: Please park past the bridge and "The Abbey" and obey the no parking signs. As Michel has shared below, access to this place is fragile.