Coming up on June 8, the East Coast Trail Association is hosting their annual fundraiser to help maintain and protect the East Coast Trail, a great cause and a great time!

You can help the East Coast Trail by signing up for this event and hiking some beautiful trails with the support or company of your friends and family. This year there are 5 hikes to choose from, all around Bay Bulls and Witless Bay:

Hike #1: Spout Path

East Coast Trail highlight – Spout Path

Hike #1 explores all of Spout Path from Shoal Bay to Bay Bulls. This long, difficult, and beautiful hike is best suited for those with a fair bit of trail experience. There are many highlights along this trail, but two of them stand out: the Spout, a wave-driven blowhole, and Sea Stack Cove, with its eagles, waterfalls, and impressively large sea stack, pictured above. This hike includes overnight camping and is limited to 18 participants.

Hike #2: Mickeleens Path + Beaches Path

East Coast Trail near Mobile – Beaches Path

East Coast Trail near Bay Bulls – Mickeleens Path

Hike #2 combines two trails, Beaches Path and Mickeleens Path, all the way from Mobile to Bay Bulls. This long ‘combo hike’ has a little bit of everything: woodland lanes, eagle nests, island views, cobblestone beaches, red cliffs, towering headlands, and last but not least, a chance to see some icebergs and puffins…

Hike #3: on Spout Path

East Coast Trail near Bay Bulls – Spout Path

Hike #3 explores the south end of Spout Path from Bay Bulls to Freshwater and back. This is a nice hike to get familiar with the easier side of Spout Path, with highlights that include Useless Bay, Dungeon Cove, and the ‘waterslide’ at Freshwater, pictured above.

Hike #4: Mickeleens Path

East Coast Trail near Bay Bulls – Mickeleens Path

Hike #4 explores all of Mickeleens Path from Witless Bay to Bay Bulls and back. While most hikers come for the gorgeous views around the halfway headland of this trail, there’s another nice thing about this hike: you can easily loop back to the start after you reach the end, very convenient!

Hike #5: on Mickeleens Path

East Coast Trail near Witless Bay – Mickeleens Path

Hike #5 explores the south end of Mickeleens Path from Witless Bay to Otter Cove and back. If you’re not fond of elevation or climbing, hike #5 is the hike for you, as it sticks to the (mostly) easy side of this trail. When you’re walking along the shoreline here, don’t wait for Otter Cove to look for otters, these playful animals are commonly seen along most parts of this trail!

Sign up for this event

For more information about raising funds, hiking distances, parking areas, and sign-up details, visit the Trail Raiser 2019 page on ECTA’s website.

More photos and stories

For more photos and stories from my own hikes on these trails and the rest of the East Coast Trail, check out my Hiking the East Coast Trail page.