When the sun comes out in winter there is no way you can keep me inside. Outside is where I want to be: with a broad smile on my face I’ll take in the glorious winter scenery from any viewpoint along the coast, happily walking through miles of deep snow just to get there.

Here are some photos from a beautiful snowy hike on the East Coast Trail from Flatrock to Red Head Cove, on Stiles Cove Path:

Snowy trail - Stiles Cove Path

Snowy trail – Stiles Cove Path

There were plenty of tracks from the trailhead to the bridge at Big River, but after that it was all clear, virginal snow all the way up to Red Head:

Undisturbed snow - Stiles Cove Path

Undisturbed snow – Stiles Cove Path

Approaching Red Head, the forest opens up to frame the snowy cliffs:

Red Head in a forest frame - Stiles Cove Path

Red Head in a forest frame – Stiles Cove Path

Because the winter sun doesn’t reach very far into the depths of Red Head Cove, there’s only a short window of opportunity to have some light in a picture of its cliffs:

Winter in Red Head Cove - Stiles Cove Path

Winter in Red Head Cove – Stiles Cove Path

Above the cove itself there is another attraction though: a small babbling brook that together with the wind regularly forms a freezing reverse waterfall, coating the entire area above in a sparkling layer of ice:

A thick coast of ice on everything - Stiles Cove Path

A thick coast of ice on everything – Stiles Cove Path

This amazing effect happens several times every winter, so if you have the time I highly recommend you check it out for yourself!