The quest to tick off every path on the East Coast Trail continues. I found myself with a few hours to spare on a sunny day so I decided to round of my sister and boyfriend and tackle the trail that runs between the tiny town of Blackhead, NL and Cape Spear: Blackhead Path. It is one of the shorter paths along the ECT at only 4.7 km. It’s short enough that you could walk the whole path and back in a reasonable amount of time, rather than taking two vehicles to park at either end of the trail.
The trail is pretty much just sharp ascent and steep decline no matter which trailhead you start from. It’s definitely a killer workout for your legs– you will feel the burn. It also made me realize that no matter how much I hike, nothing is going to replace the cardio that I should be doing daily. The path takes you to Blackhead, which is the rocky bluff directly between the town of Blackhead and Cape Spear. The point offers gorgeous views of Cape Spear, which is the most Easterly point in North America, and Signal Hill, one of St. John’s most well-known landmarks.
There is nothing like walking along Newfoundland’s rocky, jagged coast. Its harshness is almost calming. I love the way the waves crash into the rocks and form the most beautiful shades of blue. The feeling that I get from spending time near the salt water is irreplaceable. Get yourself out on the East Coast Trail ASAP.
Check out the other ECT paths we’ve tackled:
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Check out this awesome guest house, right on the trail! We highly recommend staying here if your East Coast Trail adventures take you along this path.