Good news, two new trails have just been introduced by ECTA:

  • White Horse Path, leading from Cape St. Francis to Bauline
  • Piccos Ridge Path, leading from Bauline to Portugal Cove

In their announcement, ECTA explains that these brand new trails have been cleared for hikers but they haven’t been upgraded to East Coast Trail standards just yet, meaning you can hike them as long as you don’t mind the lack of stairs and such.

Obviously I’m quite curious about hiking the full 30.5 km length of these new trails, as I only explored the northernmost 6 km when I still lived in Newfoundland:

Back Cove, Cape St. Francis - White Horse Path

Back Cove, Cape St. Francis – White Horse Path

Rope-assisted climbs - White Horse Path

Rope-assisted climbs – White Horse Path

Hello from Cripple Cove - White Horse Path

Hello from Cripple Cove – White Horse Path

It looks an awful lot like Cripple Cove Path doesn’t it? That’s because the trail to Cripple Cove is now the start of this brand new White Horse Path. I hiked the trail to Cripple Cove many times, and on a few occasions I continued onto ‘The Scrape’, the hills that have now become part of this newly announced trail:

Views from the hills south of Cripple Cove - White Horse Path

Winter views from the hills south of Cripple Cove – White Horse Path

Views from the hills south of Cripple Cove - White Horse Path

Winter views from the hills south of Cripple Cove – White Horse Path

From the Bauline side of the trail you can see that the hills rise out of the bay quite steeply:

Bauline, the southern end of White Horse Path

Bauline, the southern end of White Horse Path

Further south still is Piccos Ridge Path, running through hills I’ve only ever seen from the ferry to Bell Island:

Brocks Head Falls - Piccos Ridge Path

Brocks Head Falls – Piccos Ridge Path

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Piccos Ridge Path – seen from Portugal Cove

Bing Maps has some aerial views of Piccos Ridge Path, so at least I can click and explore it that way:

Brocks Head Falls - Piccos Ridge Path on Bing Maps

Brocks Head Falls – Piccos Ridge Path on Bing Maps

Have you hiked these new trails yet?