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:
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:
From the Bauline side of the trail you can see that the hills rise out of the bay quite steeply:
Further south still is Piccos Ridge Path, running through hills I’ve only ever seen from the ferry to Bell Island:
Bing Maps has some aerial views of Piccos Ridge Path, so at least I can click and explore it that way:
Have you hiked these new trails yet?