The Green Gardens
- TIME: 7.5 hrs (stops and backtracking included)
- DISTANCE:15 Km. (loop; but the trail ends up 3 km away from the starting point)..
- ELEVATION: not available.
- MAXIMUM ELEVATION: 250 m. (?)
We started from the Long Pond parking lot (second one if coming from Woody Point) at 10:00
Overcast, with 20 0
When we started, we were not sure if to do the loop or just hike the first 4
Km. to the beach and come back. Once at the beach, and after exploring the pillow
lava stacks, we decided to proceed for the long loop. From the beach to the second
campsite spot is a fairly easy 2.4 Km. walk, although not all in good shape;
had to bypass a bridge of sort which was in bad disrepair and consequently blocked,
and had to walk down to the rocky beach; if the tide is high and the sea is rough
I estimate that this spot is practically impossible to navigate.
Also in some spots the trail was flanked by high stinging nettles, so shorts are not recommended
. At the
second camping spot, I missed the deviation to the trail, which was on the right. Unfortunately the signpost was at about 50 meters from the junction and hanging at 45 degrees on one side .
The trail up to this point is also covered by vast patches of blu flag iris,
quite spectacular, even at the time of our visit, when most flowers were off
We lost precious minutes (45 in total) by proceeding on the left and when confronted
by steep cliff overlooking the sea on my left, a dense forest in front and steep
climb on the right, with no sign whatsoever of a trail, I realized that something
While backtracking to the campsite and scouting for a sign of some kind I noticed
a ladder far off at the beginning if the forest (now on my left).
Also you will encounter sheep browsing in complete isolation in this idyllic
spot ... and you know what sheep do after browsing on grass ... lots of the stuff
on the trail ...
From the second camp the trail starts to get hard; lots of steep wooden stairs up and
down, up and down, gaining/loosing about 150 m. in the 2 kilometres to the fording
of Wallace Brook, just above its confluence with the sea.
The water was flowing swiftly, if not too deep, just below the knee in some spots.
I decided to hop from boulder to boulder, even though they were not strategically
placed. My wife decided to take her boots and socks off and cross barefoot. We
both made it across without problems, if at time a bit apprehensive.
This fording is more or less at the mid section of the trail.
From here starts the steady climb, with more ups and downs, back to the trail
head. After 2.6 Km. from the first fording we reach the spot for the second fording,
if you decide to go back to the Long Pond parking lot (were we had left the car)
which is about 4 km away. The idea of fording Wallace Brook once more was not
enticing, so we decided to proceed to the Wallace Brook parking lot at 2 Km.
In the meanwhile a thunder storm was approaching with fog starting to move in
and slight drizzle. Once we arrived at the Wallace Brook parking lot arrived
(at 4:30 pm) we had to walk 3 more Km., on the side of the road, to the parking
lot where our car was parked.
A car stopped and a strapping young fellow stepped out to take pictures; we asked
him if he could give us a ride back to get our car; he bulk at the idea saying
that they were going in the opposite direction; an offer of $10 dollars made
him change his mind; I jumped in their car leaving my wife and the backpacks
It turned out they were not local peoples, but from Toronto ... no wonder they needed $10 extra bucks for the inconvenience.
As an aside, just before we forded the brook we had met an elderly couple from Sherbrook (Quebec) going in the opposite direction; we stopped to chat. When I picked up my car, the drizzle was a bit more intense, and the couple we had met on the trail had just started to walk back to their car where my wife was waiting. I stopped and gave them a ride ... no charge ...
Lots of wild berries along the trail and sweet scented bog candle orchids.