St. John’s: Blackhead Path

For the August long weekend this year the family decided to get together and plan a trip to Newfoundland. The first hike we did was Blackhead Path which is a short 3.5 km section along the much larger 300 km of the East Coast Trail.

The first 500 meters meanders through forest.

20190729_161205 editThe trailhead

The trail then opens up to gorgeous views of the ocean and Signal Hill.

20190729_162647700 meters in, Signal Hill in the distance

For the next 900 meters the trail gets fairly steep and exposed with 65 meters of elevation gain. The terrain is rugged but the views are totally worth it.

DSC_0196 editJust before the lookout point we saw a juvenile bald eagle.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_61dcSelfie from the top… I don’t take good selfies.

From the top the next 1.8 km is very easy. For the most part it is downhill and any steep section is on boardwalks. Just make sure to hike a dry day and the wood won’t be slippery.

20190729_172531Cape Spear in the background.

DSC_02101editStay away from the coast. The ground is soft and unpredictable, but beautiful.

Here is a short video of the first 1.2 km:

Click on the BOX icon to make the Google Map full screen, to see all the photos I took and where they were taken. Click on the Blue photo symbol to see all the photos. There are 8 in total.

Total hike: 3.5 km
Elevation gain: 126 m

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