An easy hike for 3km the last 0.8km is a real workout! Its so worth the walk, bring a towel and sandles for a swim at the base of the falls... Shrinkage as the water is cold enough to cool beer! Although tough there are a number families that can bring there kids. My 6 year old pulled it off; that first km returning is hard, especially on the kids.
What a waterfall!
Fundy Park along 114 take the Laverty auto route until you get to the trail head (about 1.5km from highway)
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Posted By: colin142
- Mon Jan 21 19:52:00 UTC 2013
UpsideExtremely beautiful falls, even when frozen! DownsideDifficult hike/snowshoe back in the winter, although still enjoyable CommentAs my first snowshoeing experience, I think this was almost as good as it gets. The first few kilometers prove to be decently easy, making a slow descent winding through trees and across some small streams. Once you reach the part of the trail that's deemed "strenuous," it is just that. Steeply winding further down towards the riverbed, it is a steep, but extremely fun descent. Once you reach the riverbed, and cross the small makeshift bridge, you continue around the corner to find the beauty of the 16 meters of frozen falls! We stopped for about an hour and took in the scenery before making our way back out. The climb up definitely took some work, but in the end, was all worth it. Will definitely be doing this again!!
Posted By: Homebrew76
- Tue May 29 17:06:49 UTC 2012
UpsideEasy trail, even for kids, even the last part which had a lot of hills and steps was handled with easy by my 4 year old son. It did take us 4 1/2 hours to go in and out, and he was bushed at the end, but he had a great time and is itching to go on another hike.
Just adults, you could easily do this trail in 3 hours, plus whatever time you spend relaxing at the falls.
Posted By: ADolan
- Mon Jul 26 11:00:14 UTC 2010
UpsideOne of the nicest falls I have seen. CommentThanks to The Big X. Your description of the timing of the early morning visits allowed us the falls to ourselves, and on the way out the traffic was super haevy. Thanks
Posted By: The Big X
- Tue May 25 23:25:14 UTC 2010
UpsideGorgeous waterfall and gorge at trail's end. Well maintained trail. Great parking lot and access point. very easy to navigate. DownsidePretty boring until you get to the descent to the river gorge. CommentI did this trail on May 24, 2010. I arrived at the parking lot very early (9am) and was quite glad I did so because there was nobody on the trail when we arrived at the falls. We had the falls all to ourselves for a good half hour before company arrived - and boy did it arrive! Apparently we picked the same day to do this trail as big geocaching event and there was an unending stream of visitors heading for the falls on our trip back to the parking lot. When I left the trailhead my car was the only one there. When we returned there were at least 50 cars in the lot (and along the road) when we returned. If you value the peace and quiet of the woods then I highly suggest you do this one early in the day as I did, as even when not inundated with enthusiastic geocachers it likely is still very busy in the hotter months of the year. The falls are awesome, and the pools below it have some of the crystal clearest water I have ever seen - in fact the only time I have seen water that clear in the great outdoors was when I visited Acadia National Park in Maine in 2003 (Jordan Pond, a lake surrounded by mountains that serves as a water reservoir for one of the towns on the island - http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Jordan-pond-Trail-near-Bar-Harbor-ME-4809).
Bug spray is a must! I got bitten to death down in that gorge and this was only May!
Posted By: treeinaforrest
- Wed Jul 02 15:21:55 UTC 2008
Upsidebeautiful falls Downsidelol,, rugged at the trail end!! CommentThis is a beautiful trail with an great ending.
Posted By: Senjion
- Thu Mar 02 17:15:42 UTC 2006
CommentThird Vault Falls is a wonderful hike. Our Scout Troop does it every year or two in the Winter. Highly reccomended!
Posted By: Don'tkillbill
- Thu Oct 13 21:46:57 UTC 2005
UpsideI posted this trail thinking I could edit it later. Anyway its 3.8 km to the falls and it don't take a rocket scientist to figure out it takes 3.8 km to return. Someone let me know if the GPS track is working as this was my first upload trail!