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The East Coast Trail Guide is a digital trail guide and photo book filled with information about Newfoundland’s amazing East Coast Trail, including Sugarloaf Path.

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Please don’t confuse the East Coast Trail Guide with the basic maps and trail descriptions that have always been available on this blog; those will remain available right here:

Basic map:

Trail description:

Sugarloaf Path runs from Logy Bay to Quidi Vidi.
Check the map for the following details:

  • The trail is 8.9 km in length.
  • The north trailhead is at the Ocean Sciences Centre in Logy Bay.
  • The south trailhead is at the end of Cadet Road in Quidi Vidi.
  • Check the map for designated parking areas.

This is a straightforward hike without significant challenges, save perhaps for the initial uphill slog near both the north and south trailheads. A huge whale tail sculpture marks the start of the hike in Logy Bay and indeed it’s a good place to watch whales in summer, just like Cobbler Path on the other side of the bay.

Starting the trail uphill from the Ocean Sciences Centre you’ll soon find yourself on top of Sugarloaf Head, a barren hill with an imposing view in all directions. From up there you can see that further on, the trail inches by the huge Robin Hood Bay landfill, a fact that may possibly elude you when you actually pass it. Depending on the wind direction, you are sure to notice the noise and smell though.

After the landfill and Small Point you’ll arrive at the Rags on Skerries Bight, which for me serve as a natural resting point on the trail. After that it’s a basic climb up Bawdens Highland and you’re almost at the end of the trail; take a deep breath, then enjoy the fantastic view of Quidi Vidi harbour and Cuckold Head on your way down.

Scenic spots on Sugarloaf Path:

  • The Ocean Sciences Centre, which looks like something straight out of science fiction movie.
  • Sugarloaf Head is the place to be for a view spanning from Red Cliff to Cape Spear and beyond.
  • The Rags are an interesting place to have your lunch with a view of the waves rolling in, keep a look out for seals.
  • Bawdens Highland has a great view of Quidi Vidi.

Berry picking:

Berries you can find on Sugarloaf Path include blueberries, cranberries and partridgeberries.

Photos and stories featuring Sugarloaf Path:

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