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“Some of the best hiking I have ever done”
Review of East Coast Trail

East Coast Trail
Ranked #4 of 97 things to do in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

Do your research carefully; some of these hikes are more challenging than others, and they all offer something different; all are worthwhile. There is a lot of up and down from sea level to the 200m cliffs along the shore. Some of the hiking is along open heaths, and some is through dense forests of fir trees. unless you are taking unnecessary risks, you are never in danger of falling off a cliff. I enjoyed the hikes North of St. John's the most; but they are all exceptional with respect to challenges, scenery, and the lack of people. Some days I didn't see anyone else; and most days I only saw a few ( <10) other people. The hikes which begin and end at St. John's are, of course, easier for more locals to access as short daily hikes. Local B&B's offer a hikers program that includes dropping you off at a trail head and picking you up at the end of the day. Be sure to do the hike ending at Quidi Vidi and enjoy some Ice Berg beer on the dock in this beautiful little harbour.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Where the trail is marked, it is great but in many areas, there is very little, if any markings to go on. We only did certain sections and came very close to getting lost. We met a hiker (from Germany!) who was attempting the whole trail without the maps, using only his cell phone. He was hopelessly lost and couldn't find the subsequent section. As this was the end of our day and we were at our car, we drove him around until he found his way again.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is a must hike trail with stunning views. Comfortable clothing and shoes are a must. Not a difficult trail to hike

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

OMG, what a great trail. It was a stunning, sunny, warm, breezy day when we embarked on this trail. One of the most beautiful in Newfoundland for sure. It was a thrill to sit out on a rock and watch the whales come near the shore and put on a show for us. Must go back.

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

We did about 1.5 km of the trail, from Quidi Vidi village to just past Bawdens Highlands, just enough to see on the other side of the hill up there, looking north. Then turned around and came back down. None of the ECT trails are loops which is a bummer. Took us about 1 hour to get up, it's uphill all the way, there are some stairs but mostly you climb on dirt paths or rocks so I would say it is a strenuous hike. About 45 min to come back down. We had a sunny day, the views climbing and once you are up there are worth the climb, it was nice to do such a trail so close to St. John's.

Bring water!!

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