Our quest for local waterfalls continues! Mom said that she wanted to help us cross some items off of our list when she visited, so we gathered her and Terry and our friend Cindy and drove up to the Maliseet Trail to visit the waterfall we'd heard the most about; Hayes Falls. This one was recommended multiple times by local friends on facebook, including the local Outdoor Pursuits teacher at the high school. We'd heard that it was possibly the highest waterfall in the province and that the trials were well-maintained, so we were expecting great things.
Mom had knee surgery this winter and Cindy is waiting patiently for much needed surgery of her own. The trails were well maintained but there were roots everywhere. It was a bit tricky if you had bad knees. Walking sticks and canes were put to good use.
We finally got to the part of the trail where it split and you could go to the top of the falls or the bottom. Unfortunately, the trip to the bottom was very steep and way too treacherous for Cindy, and the view from the top wasn't great. We haven't had a great deal of rain in the past few weeks and the water flow was...kind of uninspiring.
Still, it was quite high and it was pretty. I think if we were to go back in the spring with the run-off or after a big rain in the fall it might be more awe-inspiring. The water lines on the rocks and the debris at the edges of the stream suggest a much more powerful display at different times of the year.
The trip back up had me thinking I need a better fitness routine (it probably would have helped if I'd stuck to the trail, but my boys and I decided it would be quicker to climb up our own way) but the view through the trees was enjoyable.
We had a light picnic at the top (yay for picnic tables!), explored a little more and then headed back out. We were on a bit of a deadline to get to the strawberry social at church and the hike and the heat were enough for most of us. We did enjoy the adventure and all the nature though! There are varied opinions but I thoroughly enjoyed the day out with family and friends.
Waterfall Verdict: The hike was hard for some, the kids were unimpressed, the bugs were bite-y. The Boy was very clear in declaring this waterfall a "boring, stupid, terrible waste". Harsh! I liked it, but was a little disappointed considering how many people had told us how great it is. I think we'll come back to it next spring and see if more water will improve our collective opinions. In the meantime, we're starting to think our first waterfall may have been the best.
*Everyone who recommends the falls on facebook spells it Hayes with the 'e', but the website we're using as our guide leaves the 'e' off. I have no idea what the "correct" spelling might be.