Backpacking the Fundy Footpath, Day 3 of 5

Start: Brandy Brook campsite
End : Little Salmon River campsite
Mileage: 9.15 mi
Elevation Gain: 2,641 ft

Today’s Strava map:

Hiking west- Brandy Brook to Little Salmon

We say signs today that the Fundy Footpath was an official segment of the Trans-Canada Trail.
From Wikipedia: “The Great Trail, formerly known as Trans-Canada Trail, is a cross-Canada system of green ways, waterways and roadways that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans. The roadway sections often have significant levels of vehicular traffic and some lack segregated pedestrian shoulders or walkways. The Trail extends over 15,000 miles. It is now the longest recreational, multi-use trail network in the world”.

Sorta like the AT- white blaze and all

The hike today was composed of challenging ascents and descents in traversing 6 ravines. We hiked 400’ up to the table land from the Quiddy River, down and up another ravine east of Martin Head, then down and up another 400’ through Telegraph Creek.

Ascending one of the switchbacks today

It got more challenging as we hiked 570’ of down and then up over Wolfe Creek, and capping of the days slog with a descent of close to 700 feet to the Little Salmon.

Another rocky isolated beach crossing

I felt that trekking poles were essential to my survival on some of the descents due to the steepness of the grade, crumbling soil conditions, and humidity-saturated roots.

I  upped my food intake today, due to the rigors of ascending this path. After my typical breakfast of granola, Nido (powdered whole milk), Carnation Instant Breakfast, and added Starbucks Via freeze dried coffee I had a couple Cliff bars before lunch, which consisted of 1/4 box of Triscuits and several tablespoons of peanut butter. Normally one snack gets me through the afternoon, but today I ate a half a Cliff bar every hour. It really helped keep my energy and attitude on track.
I felt strong today, but was definitely ready to call it a day after 10 miles of staircasing this challenging terrain.

Here’s my sawtooth Strava elevation profile, read left to right:

I’ve been listening to The Trail Show where I heard about Disco’s hygiene kit. I assembled the 0.5 ounce kit, composed of a small sponge, tiny dropper bottle with Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, and a microfiber towel. Each evening, I’ve enjoyed washing the grit and sweat off my body with this setup. I plan to add the ziplock baggie containing these items to my permanent packing list. Thanks, Disco!

I continued to be pleased with my progress on this hike, particularly when I compare my experience to the last time I hiked the FF, ten full years ago. What’s it like to hike it at 68 vs. 58 years old ? Truthfully it’s easier, probably due to the fact that I’d fifteen pounds lighter than I was way back then. One thing that made it easier was that we didn’t have to get up in the night to cross Little Salmon at low tide this time.

The tides here are dramatically evident.

BI checking out Bay of Fundy

When it is low tide the shoreline is Waayyyy Out! At peak surge, the water can rise ( or fall) a foot every 15 minutes !

We saw our first thru-hikers today- 2 young women who seemed to be doing fairly well. They have been the only other hikers we have seen so far on the FF, period!

Our campsite for the night:

Little Salmon River camp site

One thought on “Backpacking the Fundy Footpath, Day 3 of 5

  1. Rockdawg69

    Ouch!!! That piece averages almost 300 feet of change for every mile. Could get sick on the roller coaster. Pardon me if I would want to Blue Blaze that section.
    That is a rugged looking trail. And I thought the roots on the AT were bad – not so much after looking at those side hill traces.


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