The 13th Annual East Coast Trail Tely Hike
Fill yer boots... for a great cause
Four Awesome Hikes... on two scenic paths
Experience peaceful woods, open meadows and cliff top views as you hike this years featured paths - Spout Path and Mickeleens Path. Choose a hike that suits your interests and abilities. Three of the hikes have a moderate rating; one an easy rating ideally suited for families. Hikes begin between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and finish between 12:30 and1:00 p.m. at the Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre. Learn more about Hiker registration & Hike Schedule.
Hike #1 - Spout Path
Gunridge to Freshwater
This hike is 9.6 km return and rated moderate
This Hike delivers great ocean views and hiking through woodlands and open meadows. Starting on the grassy hillside known as Gunridge, you'll take the lower road through the meadows and into a grove of trees along the shoreline. From Cape Boone onwards there are sweeping views as you hike eastward to Columbine Point. At several places the trail skirts cliff edges with steep drops to the ocean. Once at Columbine Point the trail turns northward passing Bull Head Light and then descending steeply around Dungeon Cove. At Monkey Cove the trail levels out and hugs the cliff edge before moving inland. On the ridge above Freshwater you obtain views of the rugged coast north to Sculpin Island. Freshwater, the turnaround point for this hike was once a fishing community occupied until the 1920s. Now beautiful open meadows,rock walls and a bridge provide resting places for a lunch before returning to Gunridge. For more detail see MAP #6 Spout Path (south)
Hike #2 - Spout Path
Gunridge to Bull Head Light
This hike is 7.5 km return and rated moderate
The destination for this hike is a cast iron lighthouse that first went into operation in 1908. To get there you'll hike eastward along the shoreline from Gunridge. The path follows the cliff around Cape Boone and then skirts two clefts with fine sea stacks. Enjoy the amazing views along the open coastal path to Top of the Head. From there to North Head the trail crosses three exposed ridges, separated by hollows sheltering hearty heath plants. Arriving at the lighthouse you'll see remains of the foundation of the light keeper's residence. Treat yourself to exceptional views of the coast from the base of the light,then take a rest before you return along the trail to Gunridge. For more detail see MAP#6 Spout Path (south)
Hike #3 - Mickeleens Path
Witless Bay to Bay Bulls
This hike is 10 km and rated moderate. It includes the community link of 2.5 km
The hike begins in Witless Bay and heads east along the north side of Witless Bay until you reach South Head. As you pass through the first meadow look back for a great view of idyllic Bear Cove.The entire path is indented with a series of small coves - Otter, Mutton, Red, Chest, and Island - being the more notable. Not all coves are signed. An East Coast Trail Map (#7) can help you locate these features. Mickeleens path is a real treat - as it takes the hiker in and out of the forest and through open heath meadows. Once at South Head, which marks the halfway point of Mickeleens Path, you have magnificent vistas of the Witless Bay Sea Bird Sanctuary islands south to Bauline and Witless Bay. Further on you see the entrance to Bay Bulls Harbour, and off to the north the Bull Head Light. After passing Island Cove the trail remains mostly in a forest with glimpses of the harbour every now and then. For the last 2 kilometres of trail you will see the results of Hurricane Igor (2010) and Tropical Storm Leslie (2012) both of which completely altered the landscape of this section of Mickeleens Path. Once at the trailhead, follow along the unpaved road for 300 metres to the paved Quays Road. From there the walk to the Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Center is about half an hour following directional signage provided at street and road intersections. For more details see MAP#7 - Mickeleens Path.
Hike #4 - Mickeleens Path
Witless Bay to Otter Cove
This hike is 2.5 km return and rated easy
This hike to Otter Cove takes hikers through grassy fields, forest and open heath with the ocean always in view. At the half way point to Otter Cove, hikers will pass a memorial to William Tobin, who at 16 drowned trying to rescue his dog from one of the nearby gulches. You'll see pebble beaches along the way and a view of Witless Bay and Gull Island. As you approach Otter Cove there is a side trail that takes you to a view point at the base of Otter Cove. This is an ideal place to have a snack before returning to the Witless Bay trailhead (NOTE: the path is along cliff edges in some areas and there are a number of gulches. Hike carefully). For more detail see MAP #7 - Mickeleens Path
For all hikes:
- Hikers are required to sign a waiver
- There will be experienced volunteer trail guides and first aiders positioned along the route to help should you need it
- The trail is well marked
- Let the trail guides know if you are having any difficulty
- Hiking shoes / boots are strongly recommended
- Hiking poles are handy and make it easy on the knees, especially down hills
- Bring water as well as food for a snack - your needs will depend on the hike you choose (food and drinks will be available in the Lifestyle Centre following the hikes)
- Choose the hike that suits you best
- Leave no trace and take only pictures
***The East Coast Trail Association is a registered charity BN#899356364 RR0001. Charitable Donation receipts will be issued as per the Canada Revenue Agency rules.
Thank you to our 2013 Tely Hike event sponsors.