ECT Thru Hike Spreadsheet
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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 / TypeECT Map # / infoFromToLength KMGainNotes
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(metres)
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General direction of travel is North (first 2 paths only)
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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 Cove7.30319
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asphalt roadBiscan Cove SouthStiles Cove North1.90Very 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 RockTorbay8.70322About 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 North2.90251.12
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CobblerN2Outer Cove
Logy Bay (rhymes with "stogie")
5.10366
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asphalt road, trailCobbler South *Sugarloaf North5.0011See Note 3.
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SugarloafN1Logy BayQuidi Vidi (St. John’s)8.90329
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asphalt road, citySugarloaf SouthDeadmans Bay North8.2051See 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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asphalt, dbl trackBlackhead SouthCape Spear North1.00The non-ECT trail that follows the coastline is nice and adds little distance, 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 North2.70
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Motion3, 4Petty Harbour(trailhead junction)13.50447
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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 North4.90Add 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 North5.40Needs 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 Broyle6.70Store is on route ~1km before 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 North0.90Add about 1.40 km (total, round trip) to visit Ferryland's 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 & left again after 460m. Rule of thumb for southbound: go left.
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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 KM243.5077.79%
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Length of Road Segments KM69.5222.21%
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Total Length KM313.02
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Total Length in Miles194.50
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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 Summer 2018, 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 2018 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
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These are unsigned, unmarked, undeveloped, unhardened, partially cut, no path to be found, etc. etc..
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- The northern paths are short, well travelled and although undeveloped, easy to follow. They are intermittently maintained when time and resources are available.
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- The southern paths are long, not at all travelled, not often given attention, remote and not easy to follow. There are sections of multiple kilometers of bushwhacking.
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- Because there are no trailhead signs, the distances listed for paths / between paths are general estimations.
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- GPS Data is available for these paths only. Follow the link in the path name for more information. Hikers should purchase ECTA maps for all other paths.
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North @ Topsail Beach (if put in sequence, these lines would appear before Picco's Ridge Path, line # 14)
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Miner's Pathwould be N9Topsail (Topsail Beach Road)
Paradise / St. Thomas (Laurie Road)
3.92Unmarked 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 follows the river downstream and eventually 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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