Lion's Den Hiking Trail

Lion's Den Hiking Trail, Fogo Island: Address, Phone Number, Lion's Den Hiking Trail Reviews: 5/5

Lion's Den Hiking Trail
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Dana B
Henniker, NH19 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Couples
Beautiful & quiet walking trails with many spurs to explore. Was raining, windy, & cold the afternoon we explored here, but much of the trails were sheltered. Still, we decided to climb stairs straight up, & got drenched in the process. But it was so lovely, we didn’t mind.
Written February 16, 2020
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JB621956
Ottawa, Canada15 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Couples
Moderate difficulty, very well marked, beautiful views, highly recommended. Overlooks the site of several abandoned villages, historical information is provided.
Written June 17, 2019
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twoinmaine
Belfast, ME527 contributions
Aug. 2018 • Couples
Cap your visit to Fogo Town (Bangbelly café, This and That Shop, Marconi Station, Brimstone Head) with a one-to-two hour loop walk to Lion's Den and Eastern Tickle. Start at the Marconi Station. Clockwise takes you to Eastern Tickle, where two former outports have left their foundation holes and (we swear) spirits behind, and with views of Little Fogo and the Atlantic Ocean you won't soon forget. Counterclockwise takes you first to Lion's Den - another outport settlement site with a view over Shoal Bay to the Fogo Island Inn and Joe Batt's Arm. Either way, the trail is wide and easy to follow (joggers do the loop, as do parents with kids in sports strollers). You can do this in sneakers (we've seen flip-flops, but don't recommend them). We always stop for quiet time or a drink of water above Eastern Tickle - and to listen for the voices of Fogo Islanders long gone.
Written February 5, 2019
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LarchFoodie
Larchmont, NY1,488 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Couples
Great 4.2 km hike on a well-maintained trail with gorgeous panoramas looking out to the Atlantic. In berry season (we were there at the end of September), sweet blueberries are plentiful! The trail is reasonably easy, with some minor ups and downs. Allow enough time to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Flora is also very pretty. Lots of pitcher plants in the bogs. Very colorful in the fall! There are also a few little extra paths that hikers can take to various lookout points. Highly recommend for hikers!
Written November 27, 2018
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Alvin R.
Moncton, Canada85 contributions
Oct. 2018 • Family
We stated from a small parking lot before the Wireless interpretation centre. Even the rain could not stop us. With our umbrellas, we did the whole trail which features many short climbs, views of coves, the ocean, sights of former settlements. The terrain changes continually, stunning rugged landscape. On a clear day with blue sky, I would have added a 6th star!
Written November 6, 2018
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Jill836
st.john's105 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Business
If I only had time to do one trial on the island it would be this one . There is a map of the trails on the way up the hill . You can park there , but to save some time and energy you can drive further where there is a building and park there. My app recorded 6.5km - I went to all the lookouts and it took me 2 hrs at a casual , short legged person , pace . Some of the signs in the beginning need to be replaced . It’s all maintained and travelled. I did lose the trail to Lanes Lookout. There is a spot where there is a small “y”. I went left to the pond . I made my way to the viewing platform in the distance but not via the trail. Should have went back out and took the right . Don’t skip this lookout ! Lots of blueberries as well - take a container with you if berry picking interest you .
Written September 8, 2018
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tilleybishop
Harbour Grace, Canada106 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Couples
This is a must do on Fogo. What amazing views on a very well maintained trail. Lots of blueberries along the trail. Takes about an hour and a half to do. I would consider it a moderate trail but achieveable by anyone who takes their time.
Written September 7, 2018
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Brian T
London, UK4,542 contributions
Aug. 2018 • Friends
This is a wonderful trail to walk, and you will be seriously blessed with picturesque scenery every step of the way. There’s craggy rocky hills affording breathtaking panoramas over the village of Fogo and Brimstone Head in one direction, and over the rugged coastline across to the Fogo Island Inn in the other direction. Practically every turn has a stunning vista, or something to stop and look at. You’ll pass by the sites of a number of abandoned communities. You will come across beautiful ponds and lakes. There’s places with curious names: Shoal Tickle, Eastern Tickle, Lock’s Cove and Pilley’s Pond… even Lion’s Den. And you will discover a plethora of colourful flora in ponds, wetlands, bogs, and grassy rocky slopes.

The hike starts just beyond the Marconi Wireless Interpretation Centre. You can’t miss that building up on the hill off Main Street in Fogo. It’s well signed. There’s ample parking here., and the trail is easy to locate. There a clear information board which shows you the path. We walked anticlockwise, to take advantage of the sunshine and light for photography.

It’s a loop path, which roughly circles the headland. Some of it is coastal; most of it is fairly close to the coast. It’s about 5 kilometres in length, a bit more if you take some of the diversions, for example, if you hike up to Lane’s Lookout, past Whitewater Pond. The whole walk took us about three hours, at a very leisurely pace, stopping often to admire the views, take photographs, and just to be still and to enjoy the peace of the beautiful surroundings. I’m no expert miler, and I’m a senior. I didn’t find the trail difficult at all. I’d probably describe the difficulty as ‘ easy to moderate’. For the most part, the path is well laid out. Some bits are a bit steep, and some bits are a bit rough. The most difficult bit was the climb beyond Whitewater Pond to Lane’s Lookout. It was rough, and very steep in parts, and the gravel and rocks underneath not totally stable. But sturdy shoes, a sure foot, and just taking your time here will help you manage it easily. I did! This diversion is worth it, as the 360 degree views from Lan’e Lookout are breathtakingly beautiful!

Not only were the panoramas beautiful; The flora was incredible. There were huge clumps of pitcher plants all through the boggy marshy areas; their tall curious reddish flowers alerted you to the presence of those curious pitcher-shaped leaves which form a passive pitfall trap for insects. Partridge berries and crowberries were prolific, as were numerous other varieties of wildflowers, shimmering golden grasses, and weatherworn trees and shrubs.

This is a fabulous walk, and most able-bodied people of all ages should manage it comfortably. I fully recommend this if you are in Fogo. Wear sturdy shoes, and perhaps carry a waterproof jacket if the weather looks a bit inclement. There were lots of people doing the hike, taking advantage of the warm sunny day we had! I’m sure they would have been as blended as we were!
Written September 2, 2018
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TW53
Toronto, Canada194 contributions
Aug. 2018 • Couples
This was a lovely scenic hike- highly recommended. Easy hike, well maintained and easy to follow- lots of view points.
Written August 12, 2018
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Francine K
Toronto, Canada95 contributions
Aug. 2018 • Family
We hiked the Great Auk trail on Joe Batt’s Arm; Turpin’s Trail and Oliver’s Cove in Tilting and Brimstone Head in Fogo and Lions Den, also in Fogo, was our favourite. If you’re fit and not stopping for photos, you can do it in about 40 minutes. It took the three of us, ages 13-55 an hour and a half, both times. We did it clockwise and counterclockwise and clockwise is better because you’re walking into better views. Bring bug spray and sun block and at least half a litre of water per person — a litre would be better. I love this hike because of the views, but also because it takes you through forest, marsh and coast. Don’t miss it!
Written August 7, 2018
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