point lance to cape st. mary’s hike

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The hike from Point Lance to Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve has it all: sandy beaches, waterfalls, cliffs, whales, seals, seabirds galore, wild flowers – the list goes on. If you’ve tired of the East Coast Trail and/or are looking for a hike not many people have done than this is the one for you.

What you need to know:

– I’ve done this hike twice – once as an overnight and most recently as a day hike – both were great

– The hike is 15 km in length

– It took us 6 hours at a leisurely pace

– Driving time from St. John’s, including shuttle drop off/pick up is 3 hours each way

– You’ll need two cars if you are doing this as a point-to-point hike

– Let the staff at the reserve know your plans and don’t forget to check out with them

– The trail is not marked – stay close to the coast and you’ll figure it out

– There are a couple of sections of “faery forest” (tuckamore) that you have to pick your way through

– This area is notorious for fog which would spoil the vistas and make navigation tricky

– If you want to check conditions before you leave town call the reserve at (709) 277-1666 and/or check the highway cam in Trepassey

– If doing this as an overnighter I suggest camping in Golden Bay (about 10 km in) – there is fresh water there and a nice beach with driftwood

– Sheep are grazed in this area – if you encounter closed gates make sure they are closed again after you pass through them

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Looking into Golden Bay. This is an ideal spot to camp.

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Seals sunbathing on the rocks.

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Seals in the water.

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This is Bird Rock

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At the outlook to Bird Rock.

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10 thoughts on “point lance to cape st. mary’s hike

  1. As always, Malcolm, a real treat to read. It looks like you all are getting some decent weather- finally! The photos are wonderful. Looking forward to your next installment! J.

    • Hi Jarrett – thanks for checking out the blog. Bikepacking is a lot of fun. It gets you distances that you can’t get while backpacking and your gear is hanging off your bike and not off your back. From postings on bikepacking.net it seems like Texas has some good bikepacking routes. I hope you give it a try and if you do let me know what you think.

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