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East Coast Trail, NF

Aug 8 - Aug 15, 2020 -- $1350 ★★, YOU CANNOT REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP YET AS DETAILS ARE NOT FINAL

The East Coast Trail, is a little-known world class hiking trail that follows the coastline of Newfoundland & Labrador Canada, touching the Easternmost point in Newfoundland (and Canada AND North America). It's a hidden gem that features all-day view far above the Atlantic Ocean and has an amazing panoply of sea birds as well as moose, coyote and even caribou.


The East Coast Trail website says it best: The paths of the East Coast Trail take you past towering cliffs and headlands, sea stacks, deep fjords, and a natural wave-driven geyser called the Spout. It provides access to abandoned settlements, lighthouses, ecological reserves, seabird colonies, whales, icebergs, world's southern most caribou herd, historic sites, a 50-metre suspension bridge, two active archaeological dig sites, and many more attractions. It offers a wilderness paradise of boreal forest, fresh clean air and quiet solitude, all combined with the raw natural beauty of the rugged Atlantic Ocean.


Here is an excellent article that calls the East Coast Trail one of Canada's Hiking Holy Grails.


Unlike our previous trips to the East Coast Trail, this year's journey will traverse the segment south of our previous starting point, Bay Bulls. This year, we'll start at Domenic's Meadow just South of Witless Bay. From there, we will hike Southbound down the coast for the rest of the trip including an enormous suspension bridge, towering sea-stacks and swimming / camping / bathhouses at La Manche Provincial Park. (the odd time zone is 1.5 hours later than Eastern Standard Time). From there, we'll be shuttle back into St. Johns to complete our trek.



Weather

Weather is always an important concern when backpacking, especially on the East Coast Trail. Summer is a great time to visit since the season is short, it's still warm and the bugs are (hopefully) gone. Plus there are blueberries ... lots and lots of blueberries. Newfoundland weather averages. show that you should prepared for rain, wind and possibly freezing weather. Expect daytime temperatures in the mid-60s (10°C) and nighttime temps in the mid-40s (5°C) although on the 2015 trip temperatures reached the 70s (25°C) most days. The ocean moderates the air temperature so it doesn't get very warm during the day, but also doesn't get very cold at night.



Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
Elisabeth Castleman


Cost

$1350 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from St. Johns Newfoundland (YYT) as well as personal equipment, any restaurant meals such as lunch in Cape Broyle and any gratuities for guides.


Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 1 night in a campground, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, permits, fees and awesome guides.



Important Note

The East Coast Trail is easy to strenuous. Terrain and weather are the primary reasons for this. Expect lots of wind and a reasonable amount of precipitation in Newfoundland, but also expect constant sweeping views high above the Atlantic Ocean.

Newfoundland's time zone is 1.5 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time (New York).


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Itinerary


Saturday, August 8, 2020

Fly or drive into St. Johns (YYT) Newfoundland


Take free airport shuttle to our local hotel (TBD)


Equipment shakedown


Distribution of trail mix


"Before" body composition measurements taken


Trip to The Outfitters Store, 220 Water Street, St. John's, NL Canada, 800-966-9658, for forgotten or last minute equipment


Go out to welcome dinner. Cost of dinner not included in trip cost




Sunday, August 9, 2020

Second set of before body composition measurements taken


Free hotel breakfast


Check out of hotel


Shuttle van or hotel will take your spare bag(s) for safekeeping


Shuttle to Witless Bay Trailhead off of Gallows Cove Rd., East Coast Trail


This gentle path follow the sea edge, weaving through woods, heath and meadowland. Cobblestone beaches are accessible at many points. Popular activites include beachcombing, picknicking annd wave, whale and seabird watching.


Hike 3.5 Km (2.2 miles) to Little Bald Head


Hike 0.3 Km roundtrip (0.2 miles) to Little Bald Head, a rock outcropping offering dramatic views.


Hike 2.4 Km (1.5 miles) to Mobile Beach


Hike 1.4 Km (0.9 miles) on the town road to Tinkers Point Path, East Coast Trail


Hike 0.4 Km (0.2 miles) to Pounce Hollow


Fill all water containers here as tonight will be a dry camp


Hike 1.6 Km (1.0 miles) to Vale's Meadow / Tinkers Point


Dispersed Camp at Vale's Meadow / Tinkers Point practicing Leave No Trace


This is a popular picnic area and site of 2 root cellars (yee haw!)


Distance today: 9.6 Km (6.0 miles). Total to date: 9.6 Km (6.0 miles)


Possible Bailout: Mobile Bay


Monday, August 10, 2020

Hike 3.1 Km (1.9 miles) to Tors Cove


Hike 0.6 Km (0.4 miles) on the town road back to The East Coast Trail


Hike 0.8 Km (0.5 miles) to Burnt Cove


Hike 3.0 Km (1.9 miles) along a long, winding, coastal road to Bauline East. Sheep are present during the summer.


Note: Also visible from the road is a place called "Pee Pee", part of the Witless Bay Seabird Ecological Reserve


Hike 2.7 Km (1.7 miles) into La Manche Provincial Park to a Suspension Bridge. The bridge is 42.5 meters long and 22.5 meters high (translation: big)


Hike about 2.5 Km (1.6 miles) to La Manche Provincial Park campground.


Camp at La Manche Provincial Park campground, sites TBD


The campground has flush toilets, running water and swimming.


Distance today: 12.7 Km (7.9 miles). Total to date: 22.3 Km (13.9 miles)


Possible Bailout: Tors Cove


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Day-Hike about 3.0 Km roundtrip (1.9 miles) to a park waterfall, in the Western portion of the park


Pack up camp


Hike 2.5 Km (1.6 miles) back to the East Coast Trail


Hike 2.9 Km (1.8 miles) to Cape Neddick Spur Trail


Hike 0.6 Km (0.4 miles) roundtrip to Cape Neddick Spur


Hike 4.2 Km (2.6 miles) to Flamber Head


Hike 0.6 Km (0.4 miles) roundtrip to Flamber Head


Hike 0.6 Km (0.4 miles) to Roaring Cove Campsite.


Camp at the Roaring Cove Campsite. Site has a pit toilet and reliable (?) water


Distance Today: 14.4 Km (8.9 miles). Total to Date: 36.7 Km (22.8 miles)


Possible Bailout: La Manche Provincial Park


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hike 3.9 Km (2.4 miles) to Brigus South Trailhead


Hike 0.3 Km (0.2 miles) on the road back to the trail


Hike 6.5 Km (4.0 miles) to Island Cove Rd


Get a shuttle to Riverside Restaurant and Lounge for lunch. Lunch not included in trip cost.


Fill all water vessels in anticipation of dry camping tonight


Get a shuttle to the East Coast Trail, Calvert Bay, Stone Island Trailhead


Hike Northbound 4.0 rugged Km (2.5 miles) to a viewpoint overlooking North Point


Option: If this proves to be a poor campsite, continue hiking Northbound 0.4 Km (0.2 miles) to a viewpoint overlooking the Devil's Staircase


Dispersed camp at either viewpoint, following Leave No Trace principles. No water available here.


Distance Today: 14.7 Km (9.1 miles). Total to Date: 51.4 Km (31.9 miles)


Possible Bailout: Cape Broyle or Calvert Bay


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Hike 0.4 Km (0.2 miles) to viewpoint above Devil's Staircase


Hike 7.2 rugged Km (4.5 miles) to Long Will Campsite


Camp at Long Will Campsite. Site has a pit toilet and reliable (?) water


Distance today: 7.6 Km (4.7 miles). Total to date: 59.0 Km (36.7 miles)


Possible Bailout: Church Cove Path


Friday, August 14, 2020

Hike 7.1 Km (4.4 miles) to Cape Broyle, Shore path, Peggy's Hollow


End of Hike


Distance today: 7.1 Km (4.4 miles). Total to date: 66.1 Km (41.1 miles)


Shuttle back to airport hotel in St. John's (TBD)


"After" measurements taken


Dinner and awards Ceremony (Dinner cost not included in trip cost)


This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Free Hotel Breakfast


Free airport shuttle


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