Maberly to Little Catalina Trail

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Maberly to Little Catalina Trail

Maberly to Little Catalina Trail
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petertoronto2016
Toronto, Canada55 contributions
Views of the ocean
Jul. 2017 • Couples
We didn't make the entire trip to Catalina, but every metre of this enchanted place was spectacular. It is an easy hike, through, moss, wind-swept hills, overlooking the gorgeous ocean and the rocky cliffs. One more reason to travel to Newfoundland.
Written July 16, 2017
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Ann L
Montreal, Canada5 contributions
Like walking in Western Ireland
Jun. 2017 • Friends
We walked the first 4 K of a 16.5 K trail--one breath-taking vista after another. It was a sublime experience.
Written July 4, 2017
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uzengirl
santa monica120 contributions
Wuthering Heights of Canada
Oct. 2015 • Family
Visited Sept. 2014. Took the hike which offers beautiful views of green plateaus with brown cliffs and bright blue water. There was very little shade so be prepared. It also looks like some parts of the trail have been torn up with ATVs even though I did not see or hear them. The trail is not well marked in areas. It was worth getting lost and enjoying the scenery. Warning- aspects of this trail is NOT for children, people with a fear of heights. There is a part where you are on the cliff edge with a 12 inch wide trail.
Written September 3, 2016
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Sam J
Naples, FL249 contributions
Hidden Gem - Sunny Day
Jul. 2016 • Couples
After you view the puffins, continue down the road and take the left fork. Look on the left side and you will see a sign for the Maberly to Little Catalina trail. You can hike 16 km (10 miles) along the coast to Little Catalina. Of course we did not go that far, but what we did was fantastic. Just my wife and I walking along the coast, hearing nothing but the wind and feeling nothing but the sun. We saw a whale jump out of the water and that made our day.

To enjoy this kind of quiet in life, we have typically had to go to the American West and hike for a long time. We have never had such a great hike along a sea coast in my life.

The trail is not used that much. There are some social trails where someone has taken a short cut, but they don't last long and most of the hike is in the open where a short social trail really does not matter. You may look for the next pole for the moment if you are looking for the official trail, but that is far out-weighted by how enjoyable we found this hike.

(I had originally published a version of this review in the Forum as this hike was not listed as an attraction until recently.
Written August 31, 2016
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baroom
Mississauga, Canada1,721 contributions
Rough trail, rugged scenery, iceberg sighting
Jul. 2016 • Family
This was recommended to us by our B&B host on our last day in Elliston, Jul 8. The weather was cold and wet the past couple of days but the sun was finally out and warmer temperatures were expected. We were heading to the puffin viewing site after breakfast and Robin suggested we hike a section of the 16.5km Maberly-Little Catalina Trail afterwards, just up to the waterfall, to see a bit of the scenery. His first recommendation was actually the 5km Klondike Trail (Elliston North to Spillars Cove) but we just did not have time for it as we planned to hike Skerwink Trail before heading back to St John’s later in the day. With the directions he gave us and the map we later got from the nearby Visitor Centre, we easily found the Maberly-Little Catalina trail sign.

However, we did not reach the trailhead until 11AM because along the way, we stopped at Maberly rainbow picnic site to read the interpretive panels there and take pics of South Bird Island. There was also this iceberg we saw at the puffin site which seemed closer to shore the more we head south and we just could not miss the photo op. And when we finally parked the car, we did not immediately start our hike but spent time looking around, taking pics of fish stacks, cliffs, iceberg and the Maberly-Little Catalina trail sign and map.

Once we lost sight of the houses behind us only a few mins into the trail, it was like being in the middle of nowhere... just a wide expanse of brush around us with the cliffs to our left. The trail was rough and at times a bit confusing to us novice hikers. We sometimes saw separate trails and, to be sure, we kept an eye on the coastline since the black and white markers were too far apart and not easily seen.

We found a lookout point with the best view of the iceberg we have been unintentionally tracking the whole morning and even got a surprise treat -- a small iceberg stuck in a cove. From here, we hiked a bit more, searching for the waterfall our B&B host told us about. We found it, or something that could be mistaken for it, right by the first wooden bridge we saw on the trail. We did not go any further because the trail was wet and muddy at this point. We contented ourselves with the rugged scenery and hiked back to the Maberly trailhead soon afterwards. Total time we spent on the trail was about 50 mins.
Written August 10, 2016
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