For a while now, the main viewpoint along Marine Drive has offered the inviting sight of a set of East Coast Trail stairs where there used to be none.

Today I accepted this open invitation.

I have walked this particular trail before, but only now have I found out that’s it’s called Silver Mine Head Path. The stairs and other upgrades make it a new ECT path that will be officially opened during ECTA’s fund-raising Tely hike this June the 4th.

The trail is short but sweet, it runs from Torbay Motion to Middle Cove beach. Here’s a few shots from today:

Trail suggestions - Silver Mine Head Path

Trail suggestions – Silver Mine Head Path

The trail used to go right over the edge in a particularly dodgy way, the forest lane option was available back then but you had to be careful not to poke your eye out with the branches and sticks coming at you. Now, the forest lane is cleared and it’s the obvious way to go.

Small sea cave - Silver Mine Head Path

Small sea cave – Silver Mine Head Path

There’s a small sea cave below the trail, be careful looking down because this part of the trail suffers from massive erosion damage:

Erosion damage - Silver Mine Head Path

Erosion damage – Silver Mine Head Path

You see? Don’t get too close to the edge, there is very little there to support you.

North Pond Brook crossing - Silver Mine Head Path

North Pond Brook crossing – Silver Mine Head Path

Another spot to be careful, the trail continues after you cross this small brook by stepping from rock to rock.

Burnt trees at Torbay Motion - Silver Mine Head Path

Burnt trees at Torbay Motion – Silver Mine Head Path

This is close to where the path starts (or ends) on Motion Drive in Torbay.