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East Coast Trail, Newfoundland, Canada - Info for Planning a Southbound Thru Hike
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More info on the trail (including a map set) is available from the ECTA at East Coast Trail Association
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Please Note:
The maintainer of this file is in no way associated with the ECTA.
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There is no guarantee expressed or implied as to the accuracy of the information provided.
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Trail data applicable to the thru / section hiker has been complied at this address:
ECT Thru Hike Info
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More info on planning is available in other tabs within this sheet, ex.
Camping on the ECT
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Some Tabs within this sheet are user editable, noted in green below.
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Path Name / TypeECTA Map # / infoFromToLength KMGainResupplyNotesSearch phrase for more info
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(metres)TypeOn Route?
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General direction of travel is North (first 2 paths only)128.57
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Picco’s RidgeN7 (draft Sept 2015)Portugal CoveBauline14.50656
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asphalt roadPicco’s Ridge NorthWhite Horse South0.40
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White Horse N6 (draft Sept 2015)Bauline
Cape St. Francis (trail junction)
17.50806
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NOTE: The direction of travel on the ECT changes at Cape St. Francis - the northern most point on the trail
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General direction of travel is South (all remaining paths)
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double track
no community / limited access
White Horse NorthBiscan Cove North0.60Paths meet end-to-end in the forest - no community!
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Biscan CoveN5Cape St. Francis (trail junction)Pouch Cove7.3031942.20
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asphalt roadBiscan Cove SouthStiles Cove North1.90Convenience StoreyesVery small convenience store, possibly limited hoursD & L Convenience Pouch Cove
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Stiles CoveN4, N3Pouch CoveFlat Rock15.10614
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asphalt roadStiles Cove SouthFather Troy’s North1.40
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Father Troy’s "Trail"N3Flat RockTorbay8.70322SupermarketnoAbout 1km off trail @ about 1km before southern trailheadFoodland Torbay
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asphalt roadFather Troy’s SouthSilver Mine Head North1.30
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Silver Mine HeadN2TorbayMiddle Cove2.4048
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asphalt roadSilver Mine Head SouthCobbler North2.90
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CobblerN2Outer Cove
Logy Bay (rhymes with "stogie")
5.10366
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asphalt road, trailCobbler South *Sugarloaf North5.00See Note 3.
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SugarloafN1Logy BayQuidi Vidi (St. John’s)8.90329
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asphalt road, citySugarloaf SouthDeadmans Bay North8.00SupermarketyesSee Note 1. All other amenities available.Dominion Memorial Market
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Deadmans Bay1Fort Amherst (St. John’s)Blackhead10.60400
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asphalt road, trailDeadmans Bay SouthBlackhead North0.27There is a small store of some sort here, but I've yet to catch it open.
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Blackhead2BlackheadCape Spear Ntl. Historic Site3.70143
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double track, trailBlackhead SouthCape Spear North0.60The non-ECT trail that follows the coastline is nice and adds little, perhaps 0.25km Cape Spear National Historic Site
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Cape Spear2, 3Cape Spear Ntl. Historic SiteMaddox Cove9.70280
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asphalt roadCape Spear SouthMotion North2.70Convenience Storeyes
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Motion3, 4Petty Harbour(trailhead junction)13.50447150.45
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n/a
no community / limited access
n/an/a0.00Paths meet end-to-end in the forest - no community!
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Spout5, 6(trailhead junction)Bay Bulls16.30509
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asphalt road, trailSpout SouthMickeleens North4.90SupermarketnoAdd about 0.9 km (total, round trip) to visit this store. IE 5.80 km road walkFoodland Bay Bulls
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Mickeleens7Bay BullsWitless Bay7.30255
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asphalt road, highwayMickeleens SouthBeaches North5.40Convenience StoreyesNeeds Convenience Witless Bay
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Beaches8Witless BayMobile7.00127
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asphalt road, highwayBeaches SouthTinkers Point North1.40
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Tinkers Point8MobileTors Cove5.10133
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asphalt road, dbl trackTinkers Point SouthLa Manche Village North5.10See Note 4. Trailhead has moved further South on the same route
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La Manche Village9Bauline EastLa Manche Village (site)2.10
PLEASE NOTE: The current ECTA Map (Copyright 2002) shows the incorrect location for North Trailhead
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n/a
no community / limited access
n/an/a0.00Paths meet end-to-end in the forest - no community!
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Flamber Head10La Manche Village (site)Brigus South11.50419
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asphalt roadFlamber Head SouthBrigus Head North0.35
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Brigus Head11Brigus SouthAdmirals Cove6.50233
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asphalt road, highwayAdmirals CoveCape Broyle6.70Corner Groceryyes1 km from end of road walk. Suprisingly well suited considering the size.Cape Broyle Ultramar & Grocery
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Cape Broyle Head12, 13Cape BroyleCalvert18.30730See Note 2. Trailhead missing. This path can be very muddy from about km 8 to 16.
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asphalt road, highwayCape Broyle Head SouthCaplin Bay North4.40
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Caplin Bay13, 14CalvertFerryland5.20130Aproximately 0.50 km of Caplin Bay Path is actually asphalt road
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asphalt roadCaplin Bay SouthSounding Hills North0.90Corner GrocerynoAdd about 1.40 km (total, round trip) to visit this store. IE 2.30 km road walkFoodland Ferryland
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Sounding Hills14FerrylandAquaforte5.50258
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asphalt road, highwaySounding Hills SouthMudder Wet North3.00The Community of Aquaforte and it's streets seem to be unrecognized by Google Maps!
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Mudder Wet15Aquaforte(trailhead junction)2.90160
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n/a
no community / easy access
n/an/a0.00Paths meet end-to-end in the forest - no community!
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Spurwink Island15, 16(trailhead junction)Port Kirwan17.10589
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asphalt road, pathSpurwink Island SouthBear Cove Point North7.00Road walk & non-official ECT paths lead thru Lumley's Cove, or take the highway
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Bear Cove Point17Kingman's CoveRenews11.60249
Don't believe the ECTA rating on this one. Even after a dry spell, this muddy path can be a death march.
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asphalt road, highwayBear Cove Point SouthIsland Meadow North4.70
Part of the community of Renews is unrecognized by Google Maps. Turn left where the navigation ends.
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Island Meadow18RenewsCappahayden10.10200
Don't believe the ECTA rating on this one. The path between Renews <-> Bear Cove is muddy enough to make it demoralizing.
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Length of Trail Segments KM243.50
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Length of Road Segments KM68.92
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Total Length KM312.42
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Total Length in Miles194.13
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Note 1
A large modern supermarket in St. John’s is 2.30 km from the Sugarloaf Southern Trailhead. If you do not want to walk (non-ECT) trails thru St. John’s, this store is en route.
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Near the Sugarloaf Southern Trailhead, there is a non-ECT trail thru the Signal Hill National Historic Site (no permit required). This route however avoids perhaps the most convenient re-supply option for the thru hiker, Dominion Memorial Market.
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Other amenities in St. John’s include hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, an outfitter (en route), department / hardware stores (off route 5-6 km, or less than 4 km off the previous road walk - Cobbler / Sugarloaf)
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Note 2
As of Spring 2017, the Cape Broyle Northern Trailhead is missing. After the turn-around, follow the dirt road to the rocky beach, then hike along the beach several metres until you see temporary markers on the right. The path climbs steeply up the hill. Check the video for more.
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Note 3
There is a viewpoint section of Cobbler at the southern end that continues past the southern trailhead, but is considered part of the trail (trailhead to trailhead is 4.4km, but the path length is 5.1km). The exit point however is at the southern trailhead - you have to return there - resulting in 5.8km of trail walking.
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As a result of this oddity, the caculation for the following road walk includes: the distance to return to the trailhead + walk the exit path (Old Signal Hill Path) + walk the road to Sugarloaf Northern Trailhead.
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Note 4
As of Summer 2016 the Northern Trailhead for La Manche Village Path is just South of Bauline East. The ECTA Map of 2002 has not been updated. The hiker still follows the same route.
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Note 5
Elevation Gain has been recording using the GPS app on a Cell Phone. When data has been available from multiple hikes, an average has been used. Data is only applicable for "trail head to trail head" and for those hiking in the direction indicated. The numbers will not be totalled as, without Road Walk data, that total is meaningless.
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Trailhead locations appear to currently be in transition (missing or moving) for:
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Cobbler Path (south)
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Cape Broyle Head Path (north)
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Unofficial Paths (unsigned, unmarked, undeveloped, unhardened, partially cut, etc. etc.).
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North @ Topsail Beach
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Miner's Pathwould be N9Topsail (Topsail Beach Road)
Paradise / St. Thomas (Laurie Road)
4.50Unmarked path, but fairly well cut and easy to follow. Muddy near the middle. Near the northern end, veer left at the intersection. Upon reaching the river, cross and take the left path that joins with Laurie Road. General rule of thumb when hiking south to north on this one: go left.
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asphalt roadMiner's Path NorthGoat Cove South3.50
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Goat Cove Pathwould be N8Broad CoveBeachy Cove3.50Unmarked path, mostly well cut, but can be difficult to follow at times. Generally avoid side trails to the right. If you lose the path, stick to the coast, bushwacking if necessary while veering left. Head straight thru the field near the end and join wide trail that turns right and leads to the road. This path is suprisingly difficult for a 3.5k. Rope climbing at 2km, >n.
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asphalt roadGoat Cove NorthPicco's Ridge South2.30
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...continues at Line 14, Picco's Ridge
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South @ Cappahayden
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...continues from Line 68, Island Meadow
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