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Newfoundland 2016

1. International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador

The International Appalachian Trail continues along the Appalachian Mountains from near the Appalachian Trail's northern terminus in Baxter State Park into Canada, Europe and even Africa. There are plans for it to be located in at least 19 nations and for it to be 20,000 miles long.

UltramaTrex (~73 miles)
Arguably the finest hike in Western Newfoundland and some may even say Eastern North America, the UltramaTrex provides views of all four of the ophiolites of Western Newfoundland including the Lewis Hills, Blow Me Down Mountains, North Arm Traverse, and the Tablelands.  The UltramaTrex is more of a route than a trail with significant portions of off-trail hiking. Navigation can be challenging, especially in reduced visibility.  Using a GPS is highly recommended. Highlights include the variety of hiking surfaces, many unique gulches, Newfoundland's highest point, distant views, streams, lakes, wildlife, boat ride across Bay of Islands and solitude.



The map below shows InReach tracking points from the route.  We did not track during day 4 so I have added points to approximate our route.  Please contact the IATNL for route details and maps.


Day 1: Southern Lewis Hills Trailhead to Molly Ann Gulch
Day 2: Molly Ann Gulch to Gulch near Serpentine Valley
Day 3: Gulch near Serpentine Valley to Blow Me Down Mts above Simms Gulch
Day 4: Blow Me Down Mts above Simms Gulch to Blow Me Down Brook
Day 5: Blow Me Down Brook to Blow Me Down Brook Trailhead
Day 6: Boat from Cox's Cove and North Arm Traverse to Beaver Pond
Day 7: Beaver Pond to Trout River (community)

2. East Coast Trail
300+ km thru-hike on National Geographic's #1 coastal destination
 "one of Canada's hiking holy grails."



Planning and information
Day 1: Cappahayden to Chance Pond River
Day 2: Chance Pond River to South Cape Broyle Head Trailhead
Day 3: South Cape Broyle Head Trailhead to Deep Cove
Day 4: Deep Cove to Big Cove
Day 5: Big Cove to Miner Point Campsite
Day 6: Miner Point Campsite to Freshwater Bay
Day 7: Freshwater Bay to Cobbler Brook
Day 8: Cobbler Brook to Newells Point
Day 9: Newells Point to Patch Brook
Day 10: Patch Brook to Brock's Pond
Day 11: Brock's Pond to Portugal Cove/ Comfort Inn (St. Johns)

8 comments:

  1. LOVE your site. One of the best. It really resonates with me. Love your choice of music with all your videos.

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  2. Hi Eric, great site. I have read through your account of the Ultrama Trex hike with interest as my daughter and I are planning to follow this route in June/ July. Your photos and video are truly spectacular. We will be hiking the IATNL from Port aux Basques but this section looks to be the highlight for me. I have been in contact with Paul of the IATNL and he has been most helpful. Thanks for this blog.

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    1. Thanks Earl! How much of the IATNL are you planning to do? It's such a special place!

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  5. Hi Eric - thanks for all the great info on the East Coast Trail. I'm planning my fall of 2019 trip now and wondered if you could advise me on something. I only have 5 days to do as much of the southern part of the trail as possible (I'll have already done from Portugal Cove to Quidi Vidi). Since I can only manage about 125 kms in that time span, I'm having a hard time figuring out which consecutive sections to tackle. I prefer to be where most other hikers aren't, so would it make sense to make my way from Bay Bulls south to Cappahayden? Would I be missing out on some of the most spectacular views by not hiking from St John's? Or is it safe to say all the trails offer amazing views, beautiful trails, and the opportunity to enjoy this stunning coastline trail? Any insight is much appreciated! Happy Holidays :)

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    1. Thanks Patti. It’s exciting that you will be hiking the trail! The trail is beautiful nearly everywhere. Personally, one of my favorite sections is the longest continuous section on the Spout and Motion paths. The trails just south of St John’s were also some of my favorites. If you continue south from St John’s you could probably make it to Calvert. You would miss the Spurwink Island Trail which is nice with Berry Head Arch. One option is that you could probably hitch hike some of the roadwalks if you want to hike more of the actual trail. I think the road walks are shorter near St John’s. Overall, it might be best to wait to finalize any plans until you’ve been on the trail for a while. You might go faster or slower than you anticipate. It seemed like it would be easy to call a taxi wherever you decide to stop or skip ahead. Have a great hike!

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About Me

I've been born and raised in the great state of Michigan. I recently graduated from physical therapy school. I enjoy being active, playing sports, and running. Backpacking has become a great interest as it is a physical challenge that provides many rewarding views and experiences. I strive to make a difference in the lives of those encounter in every day life, on the trail, or even just on this blog. May God bless each of you. Now go find an adventure! It's only a few feet away!