One of the reasons the East Coast Trail is so amazing is that it manages to combine a fantastic outdoor experience with countless community access points.

This means you can park your car in any community along the trail, and start exploring the coast from the nearest trailhead.

So yes, communities play a crucial part in the continued success of the trail, but I sometimes wish they were a little less ambitious with their residential development plans.

Take for example this new neighbourhood on Red Cliff:

Residential development on Red Cliff - Logy Bay

Residential development on Red Cliff – Logy Bay

Red Cliff is in Logy Bay, and the East Coast Trail runs right along its edge:

The East Coast Trail on Red Cliff - Logy Bay

The East Coast Trail on Red Cliff – Logy Bay

But now it looks like you’d almost be walking through someone’s backyard:

Residential development close to the East Coast Trail - Logy Bay

Residential development close to the East Coast Trail – Logy Bay

These images are of course just mashups from satellite imagery taken from Bing Maps and Google Maps, and because imagery like that is rarely recent, it leaves me wondering what the real situation is.

Has anyone walked this part of the East Coast Trail recently? The trail in question is Cobbler Path, and the area shown here is just south of the Red Cliff Radar Station ruins, visible on the right.

What does it look like now, what’s really happening on Red Cliff?