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Cape Spear Path: Maddox Cove to Herring Cove

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St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Cape Spear Path: Maddox Cove to Herring Cove is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 141 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

walking

views

bugs
muddy
rocky
25 days ago

Beautiful trail, stunning view and except for a few parts, it's an easy walk

hiking
muddy
30 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Lovely and peaceful! Enjoy!

Great trail. A few very muddy places. Amazing views.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, though definitely wet in some spots. Note that the recording didn’t start until we were partway in. Overall, beautiful trail with great vistas along the way. We just did the Cape Spear to Maddox Cove portion.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
11 months ago

Highly recommended! Was there today. Lightly travelled. Mostly easy walking with a few rocky elevations - but that just makes it fun. Beautiful views the entire hike. I will definitely do it again.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

This was a fun trail with beautiful coastal views and a lot of solitude until the afternoon hours. However, you should note that Herring Cove is not at the end of the trail, it’s about half-way down. Also there are some very minor brook crossings, lots of very boggy sections and one uphill scramble over large boulders up a small waterfall and a water crossing over this section.

backpacking
Fri Aug 04 2017

Part 2 of our "lost day" that started on the Blackhead Path. I recall the trail itself being well maintained, but I have no recollection of its grade of difficulty. The most challenging part of this section was the wind and rain. I tested two things for the ECT: 1) hiking with an umbrella (MyTrail), and 2) using thin wool socks (Darn Tough Merino Ultra-Lights) with trail runners (La Sportiva Raptors) and gaiters (Dirty Girls) instead of traditional hiking boots. The wind had its way with the umbrella on this section, but my torso remained dry all the way to Maddox Bay. Actually the unbrella serves better for the intense sunlight on the exposed sections of the ECT! The runners and socks dried quickly for the next day's hike. I'm now a believer in the drain and dry approach - plenty of bogs on these trails. Dirty Girls are very minimalist gaiters designed for runners. While they did their job in keeping debris out my shoes, a sturdier version might have been more helpful for moving through brush. After 12 miles of rough weather, the coffee shop in Petty Harbor was just what the doctor ordered. Owner Karen is an angel and helped us find a place to stay that evening. Two lessons from that day: Newfoundlanders are the most hospitable people on earth and camping areas along the trail are rarer than you might expect. The "convenient store" in town is not suitable for resupplying unless you want to subsist solely on potato chips and pizza burgers of questionable origin. They do have beer though! Petty Harbor, itself, it very pleasant and worth exploring. The Richard Harris movie Orca was filmed there.

hiking
Fri Jun 02 2017

Beautiful view and great trail. It's clearly well maintained and very well marked.

running
10 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
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